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Arlington Fly-In Runs Through Sunday

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Kid's Day at Arlington
Kid's Day at the Arlington Fly-In

July 7, 2009 — The 41st annual Arlington Fly-In gets underway Wednesday, July 8, and runs through Sunday, July 12 at the Arlington Municipal Airport in Washington. The event typically draws more than 1,000 aircraft and 60,000 aviation enthusiasts, making it the third largest sport aviation event in America. Yet, it retains the down-home local flavor that endears it to attendees.

This year’s attractions include Addison Pemberton’s restored Boeing 40C; performances by the Cascade Warbirds (EAA Warbirds of America Squadron #2); a guest appearance by NASA astronaut Anna Fisher; a military vehicles display; and a hot air balloon nightglow. Also featured throughout the week are aviation forums and workshops, commercial exhibits, and a wide variety of production and homebuilt aircraft.

Sunday, July 12, is Veteran’s Appreciation Day, providing free admission to all U.S. armed forces veterans. A special tribute parade and air show are scheduled, along with displays and presentations of veterans stories.

EAA Field Manager Ron Wagner is on site and will present forums on such topics as sport pilot/light-sport aircraft and affordable flying. “We’ll provide the latest information on sport pilot, plus we are interested in exchanging ideas about how to keep the cost of flying down,” he said. “And as always, we’re eager to meet people stopping by the EAA tent – fly-in guests as well as the many EAA members who attend and serve as volunteers.”

Wagner is also eager to hear from our fellow Canadian members about the new U.S border crossing regulations and the eAPIS system. Describe how it worked, any problems incurred, and any suggestions or tips for others planning to fly to Oshkosh later this month. The EAA tent is located just south of the food court.

Wagner said that despite a Tuesday drizzle, aircraft were arriving regularly, and that the forecast for the rest of the week looks favorable. “Vendors and volunteers are busy making their final preparations,” he said. “This is a real laid back, friendly event.”

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