Aims To More Clearly Define Group's Involvement In SERFI
The Experimental Aircraft Association announced Wednesday it
has signed a new working agreement with the Southeast Regional
Fly-In (SERFI) that brings higher visibility to the SERFI event and
clearly defines EAA's role in the popular fly-in.
The agreement underscores the shared missions of SERFI, which is
celebrating its 18th 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 SERFI, 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 SERFI, 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
The two organizations had operated under a more informal
agreement, which did not provide specific definitions of each
group's commitments and responsibilities. The new agreement, which
is in place just in time for this year's SERFI on October 24-26 at
Evergreen, AL reflects the evolving aviation community in the 21st
"We're very happy to have this agreement signed with EAA," said
Bruce Newman, SERFI chairman. "We're glad to be able to maintain a
sponsorship relationship with EAA."
SERFI will once again be held at Middleton Field (GZH) just west
of Evergreen, AL, which features plenty of room for aircraft
camping and parking. This year's theme is "Three Days of Friendly
Folks and Flying Fun."
SERFI is owned and operated by the Southeast Regional Fly-In
Inc., an organization that is independent of EAA. EAA does not own
or control any part of the event or organizing body.