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Virginia Fly-In To Focus On Education


Virginia EAAers look forward to another ramp-full of aircraft at their 10th annual fly-in in September 30 - October 1
Virginia EAAers look forward to another ramp-full of aircraft at their 10th annual fly-in in September 30 - October 1.

August 10, 2006 — The 10th annual Virginia Regional EAA Fly-in and Expo will include added emphasis on educational activities for pilots, would-be pilots, and all others interested in aviation during its two-day run, September 30-October 1, at Dinwiddie County Airport (PTB) in Petersburg, Virginia.

The full slate of forums and workshops will include fabric covering and painting instruction, flight-testing your homebuilt, understanding your Marvel-Schebler carburetor, and aviation weather forecasting. EAA's Ron Wagner will also attend and provide the latest news about sport pilot/light-sport aircraft on both days, plus answer questions from attendees.

Other new offerings include a three-hour workshop on aircraft engine overhauling, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. each day; and a presentation on building the Udvar-Hazy Center branch of the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum at Washington's Dulles Airport.

There will be no afternoon air shows this year so as to allow pilots more flexibility to arrive and depart. Arriving pilots are urged to sign in with their passengers at one of three registration tents where they can pick up "goodie" bags provided by Trade-a-Plane.

Fly-in manager Judy Sparks reports that registered exhibitors include LSA manufacturers, kit aircraft companies, certificated-standard category manufacturers, and assorted engine and parts manufacturers. Companies wishing to sign up can do so through the fly-in's website, www.vaeaa.org.

For younger aviation enthusiasts, the fly-in offers a number of fun, hands-on activities including control line model airplane flying. Instructors will give kids an opportunity to fly one of these buzzing flyers. Youths ages 8-17 can also sign up for future Young Eagles flights.

More than 200 volunteers are needed to plan, set up, and operate the Virginia Regional Fly-In. To sign up, go to the website, click on the Volunteer menu and sign up for one of the categories and time slots available. Any volunteer who donates at least four hours of time before, during, or after the event can attend the volunteer dinner Saturday evening for free.

Guest speaker at the dinner will be Scott A. Willey, a lead docent at the Udvar-Hazy Center, will give an illustrated presentation on the history of the world's most famous B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay.

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