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EAA, Copperstate Fly-In Sign New Sponsorship Agreement

May 29, 2008 — EAA and the Copperstate Fly-In, one of the nation's top recreational aviation events, have signed a new working agreement that brings higher visibility to the Copperstate event and clearly defines EAA's role in the popular fly-in. The agreement underscores the shared missions of the Copperstate Fly-In, which is celebrating its 36th 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 Copperstate 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 Copperstate 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 in the past, which did not provide specific definitions of each group's commitments and responsibilities. The new agreement, which is in place for this year's Copperstate Fly-In scheduled October 23-26, reflects the evolving aviation community in the 21st century.

"This is a written agreement the spells out specifically the relationship between Copperstate and EAA so everyone understands it," said Bob Hasson, Copperstate president. "We are really looking forward to having EAA as a sponsor of the event. Except for the name change, nobody will see any part of the event change."

As part of the agreement, the Copperstate Fly-In will use the EAA Judging Standards in its aircraft awards program. Along with the increased visibility and promotion of the Copperstate 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.

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

The Copperstate Fly-In is owned and operated by 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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