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Virginia EAAers Prepare For 10th Annual Fly-In

 

September 27, 2006 — Organizers for the Virginia Regional EAA Fly-In (VAEAA) and Expo are busy making final preparations for this weekend's 10th annual event at Dinwiddie County Airport in Petersburg. The combination of an ideal weather forecast and the airport being open throughout the fly-in due to no air show should raise the number of participating aircraft, which was just shy of 500 in 2005.

Focus for the 2006 fly-in will be on educational activities for pilots, would-be pilots, and all those interested in aviation. Nearly two-dozen forums and workshops are scheduled in three presentation tents, ranging from building topics (fabric covering, paint and painting, engines, and flight-testing) to flying skills, weather forecasts, DAR process, and others.

EAA's Ron Wagner, nationally known Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft authority, will give two presentations (one per day) on sport pilot's latest developments. Seven LSA manufacturers are also expected to attend.

Scott A. Willey, senior docent at the National Air & Space Museum, will present a forum on building the Udvar-Hazy Center branch of the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, one each day, then will be the guest speaker at Saturday evening's volunteer dinner where he'll discuss the world's most well-known B-29, the Enola Gay.

For the first time visitors can participate in an aircraft engine overhaul workshop with morning and afternoon sessions of hands-on disassembly and assembly of a Continental O-200 engine. Also planned are hands-on activities for the kids including the popular control line model airplane flying. Nearly 50 exhibitors and vendors will be on site.

Aircraft judges will determine awards in eight different categories, including Custom Homebuilt; Kit Homebuilt; Antique (1903-1945); Classic (1946-1955); Warbirds; Ultralight; Rotorcraft; and Powered Parachutes. An additional award for Craftsman Excellence will recognizes an amateur aircraft builder's unique workmanship, resourcefulness, or innovation building skills incorporated into a homebuilt project, restored antique, classic, or warbird aircraft.

Bring your aircraft parts, accessories, and paraphernalia to the Fly Market tent for consignment sale.

Gates hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. Pancake breakfasts will be served Saturday and Sunday from 8-11 a.m. For more VAEAA information, visit www.vaeaa.org.

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