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Virginia Festival of Flight Set to Roll Next Weekend

Spirit of Freedom to arrive April 29

Spirit of Flight
See the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation's Spirit of Freedom Douglas C-54 cargo plane, scheduled to arrive at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 29, and stay through the weekend.

April 21, 2011 —If you want to know more about NextGen, get an in-depth introduction to light-sport flying, or learn building skills like riveting or practical alternatives to 100LL for lower compression engines, there are appropriate forums and workshops scheduled during next weekend’s Virginia Regional Festival of Flight at Suffolk Executive Airport (KSFQ) - about 40 miles west of the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area.

Now in its 14th year, the festival runs April 30-May 1 with a full slate of forums and workshops, homebuilts, antiques, classics, warbirds, and production aircraft. A Youth Area offers even more hands-on aviation activities for kids such as flight simulators and more from NASA Langley, R/C aircraft demos, and more. See a detailed list of youth activities here.

One of the featured aircraft, the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation's Spirit of Freedom Douglas C-54 cargo plane, is scheduled to arrive at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 29, and be on display throughout the fly-in.

Those planning to fly in should visit the website for arrival and departure procedures. Pilots are also asked to display a window sign like the ones shown to let aircraft parkers know where you wish to park.

Fly-ins should also plan to participate in the expanded Rally Adventure where pilots in homebuilt, light-sport, and commercial aircraft categories, grouped by horsepower, can fly a timed triangular course against the clock. Read the rules on the Festival of Flight website and sign up online, or sign up all day Saturday and Sunday morning until 8:15 a.m. Registered pilots must attend a pilot’s briefing on Sunday morning at 8:30 to participate. After the mandatory briefing, pilots will begin takeoffs at 9 a.m. (in reverse horsepower order).

For more information, contact Dee Whittington or Judy Sparks.

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