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Final Preparations Under Way For 40th Arlington Fly-In

July 1, 2008 — The 40th annual Arlington Fly-In will host its annual aviation extravaganza next week, July 9-13, at Arlington Municipal Airport (AWO), Washington. The five-day event will feature daily air shows, forums and workshops, aircraft displays, exhibits from more than 140 vendors, and more.

The Fly-In really heats up Friday with fireworks, music, and a nighttime air show featuring Dan Buchanan, Ken Fowler, and Dr. D. The excitement continues into the weekend with a hot-air balloon glow Saturday evening and a special Salute to Veterans Parade and Tribute air show on Sunday. Other highlights include the largest display of military vehicles in the Pacific Northwest and performances by the 79th division of the Army Reserve Band.

Arlington is making it more affordable for guests to attend by providing online advance ticket sales, online campground reservations, and special discounts to those who fly in. “We always encourage pilots to fly in and this year we’re providing them an incentive of free under-wing camping on site,” said Barbara Tolbert, fly-in executive director. Tent campgrounds are also available with shower buildings provided. The Washington Seaplane Association’s (WSPA) Splash-In at Lake Goodwin Resort July 10-13 will be used as Arlington’s seaplane base, providing shuttle service to and from the fly-in.

Ron Wagner, EAA manager of field operations, will present daily forums giving a status report on sport pilot/light-sport aircraft, along with an AirVenture preview and news from EAA headquarters. “We’re hoping to speak with as many EAA members as possible about their involvement in EAA and their interesting aircraft,” Wagner said. Any EAA members in attendance are encouraged to stop by the Arlington merchandise tent to speak with Wagner and EAA’s volunteers.

More information on the Arlington Fly-In is available at www.arlingtonflyin.org.

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