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13th Virginia Regional Festival of Flight This Weekend

More than 300 aircraft are expected for this year’s Virginia Regional Festival of Flight

Suffolk Executive Airport hosts the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight May 22-23

May 20, 2010 — Suffolk, Virginia’s Executive Airport will be the focus of hundreds of East Coast pilots this weekend as the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight holds its 13th annual event May 22-23. This year’s event features a record number of forums and workshops, a full exhibitor’s main tent, aircraft displays, a Kid’s Festival area featuring an expanded display from NASA, and much more.

“This year we have a record 38-session schedule of educational forums and six workshops,” said Dee Whittington, forum chairman. Along with an expanded Kids Festival area, the Fighter Factory Restoration Center will be open for guided tours for the first time. Two tractor-drawn shuttles, one handicap ramp-equipped, will provide easy transport around the grounds and over to the Restoration Center.

Attendance is expected to exceed last year’s 300 aircraft and 3,500 people, says Gordon Campbell, president of the Virginia Aviation Council. The airport will offer full service 100LL at $4.08 a gallon, self-service at $3.78 a gallon, and self-service mogas at $2.98/gallon. With two100LL trucks and a new high pressure refill capability at the fuel farm, pilots can expect quick service, says Kent Marshall, airport manager.

“Rally Adventure” is an air race pitting homebuilts and light-sport aircraft against the clock on a 60nm course, with trophies awarded to winners in each horsepower category. Final sign-up deadline is 9 p.m. Saturday on the field. Participants must check in Sunday morning before the 9 a.m. start time. For more information, click here.

For the first time in the forums area, the National Transportation Safety Board and the AOPA Aviation Safety Foundation will have presentation. Also, national recording artist, Ravi, will offer his thought-provoking forum, “Rejuvenating Aviation From the Ground Up,” each day, then he will perform for the volunteer dinner on Saturday evening. Forums and workshops will offer attendees the latest information about various aviation topics including modern panel electronics, guidance on becoming a pilot, how to make good weather decisions and what you should know about your propeller. See the complete forums schedule here.

NASA Langley will have a new tent housing three flight simulators and computer games in the expanded Kids Festival area where engineers will speak on the basics of airplane and spacecraft flights. In addition, nearby radio control aircraft enthusiasts will give flight demonstrations of electric powered RC models throughout the weekend.

A wide range of LSA manufacturers are attending to answer questions and provide demo flights throughout the fly-in.

Early-arriving pilots can enjoy a pancake breakfast starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. For those driving in with RV campers, some spaces include electric hookups. Under-the-wing camping is free for those who fly in.

Those who want to have their aircraft judged can pick up a prop card at the Aircraft Registration Tent.

Log onto www.VirginiaFlyIn.org for complete details. The airport is located four miles south of downtown Suffolk on US-13.

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