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Golden West is This Weekend

June 10, 2010 —The Golden West Regional Fly-in and Airshow is this weekend, June 11-13, at Yuba County Airport (MYV). President John Gibson says the airport is “all a-flutter” with preparations for this year’s event, which carries the theme, “Higher, Ever Higher.”

One of the scheduled events includes the Wild Blue Wonders Competition. Teams of five middle schoolers and one adult from the California Aerospace Academy will compete in several events including making and flying a flight plan on a simulator;  creating a team log book, and building models. The winning team will receive a scholarship to the EAA Young Eagles Air Academy in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this July. There will also be Young Eagles flights on Friday, July 11, organized by EAA chapter 526.

Racing enthusiasts are looking forward to the Sport Class mock Reno Air Race on Saturday and John Parker’s daily tries to break the 100 km speed record for piston aircraft in his 3/4-scale P-51 Mustang Blue Thunder. He will be making an attempt each day at noon.

Other attractions include the Learn to Fly tent, where visitors can talk to master flight instructors and get more information on learning to fly, plus hear talks by U-2 spy plane pilots.

Gates are open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily with an aerobatic air show Saturday at 1 p.m. For more information and to book tickets (remember your EAA card; members get discounted admission!), visit www.goldenwestflyin.org.

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