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EAA, Arlington Fly-In, Sign New Sponsorship Agreement


March 20, 2008 — EAA and the Arlington (Washington) Fly-In, one of the nation's top recreational aviation events, have signed a new working agreement that brings higher visibility to the Arlington event and clearly defines EAA's role in the popular fly-in. The agreement underscores the shared missions of the Arlington Fly-In, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2008, and EAA, the 170,000-member international organization that is dedicated to the spirit of aviation.

Under the agreement, EAA will provide extensive promotion and coverage of the Arlington Fly-In, and also serve as a major sponsor of aviation educational activities such as forums and workshops during the event, among other considerations.

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

The two organizations had operated under a more informal agreement over the past 20 years, which did not provide specific definitions of each group's commitments and responsibilities. The new agreement, which is in place for this year's Arlington Fly-In on July 9-13, reflects the evolving aviation community in the 21st century.

"This agreement offers the Arlington Fly-In a new, higher level of support from EAA in areas that reflect our mutual goals," said Barbara Tolbert, executive director of the Arlington Fly-In. "This is a clear indication of EAA's support for these major fly-in events and gives each of our organizations the direction to make this event even better for those who have a passion for flight."

As part of the agreement, the Arlington Fly-In will use the EAA Judging Standards in its aircraft awards program, and will host two EAA SportAir Workshops on the fly-in grounds at other times of the year. Along with the increased visibility and promotion of the Arlington Fly-In, EAA will have a major presence at the event to provide member services, host forums, and encourage its members to serve as volunteers at the fly-in.

More information about the Arlington Fly-In, including admission prices, accommodations and schedule information as confirmed, is available at www.arlingtonflyin.org.

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

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