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Frasca Fly-In a True Grassroots Event

Flug Werk FW-190
Rudy Frasca’s beautiful Flug Werk FW-190, seen at Frasca Field June 11, will make its way to Oshkosh next month.

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June 16, 2011 — Rudy Frasca’s annual fly-in was held last weekend at Frasca Field (C16) in Urbana, Illinois, and people got to see a great variety of airplanes, lots of warbirds, and of course, meet with other grassroots aviation enthusiasts. And that list begins with EAA founders Paul and Audrey Poberezny, who were on hand Saturday along with EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower, who made his 25th Grassroots Pilot Tour presentation here with about 150 people in attendance Saturday night.

One of the participating airplanes was EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor, which had a tour stop from Thursday through Sunday at C16 hosted by EAA Chapter 29.

Frasca, a pioneer in the flight simulation business, had several of his private aircraft collection on display and flying, including the Flug Werk FW-190 and Supermarine Spitfire, both of which will be at AirVenture next month and be featured in EAA’s salute to Bob Hoover. It was revealed that these two exquisite aircraft will be displayed at the EAA AirVenture Museum following AirVenture.

Rudy and Lucille along with their kids were gracious hosts as planes took off and landed from the paved north-south and grass east-west runways. Also present were Mike and Audra (nee Poberezny) Hoy.

“It was a great success,” Paul said. “The turnout was great, and lots of people took rides on the Ford Tri-Motor. The fly-in brought out lots of people from the Champaign-Urbana area and it did a lot of good for aviation in this area.”

During Hightower’s Saturday night presentation, an energetic Q&A session focused on the key issues facing aviation today. “The passion for aviation was everywhere,” Hightower commented. “It is becoming more evident to me that EAA will lead the way in creating the next generation of aviators.”

People were excited to see the AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 promotional video on the big screen, and the EAA culture soon became apparent.

“The event just oozed the EAA culture,” Hightower explained. “For example, following the presentation Saturday night, everyone helped with the clean-up, folding their chairs and putting them away. We were outta there in like 10 minutes.”

Also present was EAAer Bill Leff, who many will remember for his successful off-field landing in a T-6 Texan on U.S. Highway 41 near Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, on his way to AirVenture on July 22, 2007.

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