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EAA, Mid-Eastern Regional Fly-In Sign Sponsorship Agreement

September 4, 2008 — The Mid-Eastern Regional Fly-In (MERFI), which takes place this weekend (September 6-7), has reached a sponsorship agreement with EAA that brings higher visibility to the event and clearly defines EAA’s continuing role in it. MERFI’s new home is Grimes Field (I74) in Urbana, Ohio, where final preparations are being made for the 44th annual fly-in.

Under the agreement, EAA will provide promotion and coverage of MERFI and also serve as a major sponsor of aviation educational activities such as forums and workshops, along with other considerations.

“This agreement provides an outstanding framework to ensure MERFI’s future success,” said Adam Smith, EAA’s vice president of membership. “This confirms its organizational independence and highlights EAA’s support for grassroots aviation events throughout the country. We have set the stage for success in our shared missions, which is to promote recreational aviation in all its forms.”

Although disappointed that MERFI is no longer an official EAA event, Pam Fonseca of the Mid-Eastern Fly-In Corp. said organizers “appreciate that EAA is continuing to support the event through sponsorship.”

Fonseca also says things have come together nicely for this weekend after organizers had to act fast to find the new location earlier this year. The grounds provide plenty of room for camping with lots of shade, as well as ample parking space for the many types of airplanes expected. Other features include a B-17 restoration shop; the Grimes Flying Lab museum; seminars and forums; youth activities; a pancake breakfast each morning; and an on-field Café and restaurant. Gates are open from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, and all aircraft types are welcome to attend.

The many scheduled forums and workshops include Mike Millard, Survival Training; Frank Drain’s discussion about his B- 17 trip to England earlier this year; Dave Burdick and the ongoing B-17 restoration project at Grimes Field; noted aircraft designers John Dyke and Jim Bede; and builder Earl Luce on the Wittman Buttercup.

MERFI will also provide transportation to downtown Urbana, for a local “chili cook off” along with shopping and other activities.

The fly-in is owned and operated by the Mid-Eastern Fly-In Corp, an organization that is independent of EAA. EAA does not own or control any part of the event or organizing body.

For more information, visit www.merfi.com.

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