An Outstanding Regional Fly-In Posts Upcoming Event
If you want to know more about NextGen, the massive overhaul of
the air traffic control system which offers free weather and
traffic or an in depth introduction to Light Sport flying, or try
your hand at riveting sheet metal taught by an experienced A&P
Mechanic, come to the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight.
Your chance to attend these forums and workshops will be at the
14th Virginia Regional Festival of Flight, April 30 and May 1.
Suffolk Executive Airport (KSFQ) is located about 40 miles west of
the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area.
The Fly-In orgnizers invite ANN readers to examine the schedule
of forums and workshops on the fly-in web site, www.VirginiaFlyIn.org.
These presentations (and more) are featured at the largest
full-featured fly-in on the East Coast. This year, the Youth Area
will offer even more aviation oriented hands-on aviation-related
activities and things to see and do for kids. Representatives from
NASA Langley will be there with flight simulators, and other
attractions, to interest and inspire kids.
A contingent of RC aircraft enthusiasts will fly
electric-powered aircraft. An experienced RC pilot will introduce
the RC sport and explain how these small aircraft are flown with a
handheld radio transmitter adjacent to the Youth Area.
The Festival of Flight attracts dozens of homebuilt airplanes,
antiques, classics, warbirds and factory-built models each year. If
you fly in, display a window sign showing the aircraft parkers to
which area you wish to be guided. Suggested sign codes are listed
at the bottom of the Arriving/Airplane page of the web site.
Commercial aircraft vendors will have ready-to-fly airplanes on
display too. If you fly in to the Festival of Flight, plan to
participate in the expanded Rally Adventure. Pilots in homebuilt,
light sport, and commercial aircraft categories, grouped by
horsepower, can fly a timed triangular course against the clock.
Read the rules on the Festival of Flight web site and sign up
Or sign up all day Saturday and Sunday morning until 8:15am.
Registered pilots must attend a pilot's briefing on Sunday morning
at 8:30 to participate. After the mandatory briefing, pilots will
begin take-offs at 9am in reverse horsepower order.
When you register your plane on arrival, bes ure to hang a
"Judge Me" prop card. If you'd like to be fueled, request a fuel
prop card. Kent Marshall, the Airport Manager, will be offering
full service 100LL at a special discount.