The Northwest EAA Fly-in is approaching faster than a heavily laden C-206 on short final.
The fly-in is slated for July 11-15 in Arlington, Wash., north of Seattle. This year, getting to the event by ground might be more challenging, notes Executive Director Barbara Tolbert, due to roadwork in the area.
“Because of this we got together with the city and state departments of transportation and created a detour map,” she said. “It is posted on our website. Basically, it involves taking another exit from the freeway and adding two miles to the trip, but it is worth it. You can still come the other way, but it will be more congested.”
Airside arrivals have not changed. The NOTAM also is available at the website. Pilots who fly in receive a discount on admission.
Exhibitors range from service organizations to parts and aircraft manufacturers to flight schools. Visitors also will notice a larger selection of Light Sport Aircraft. The warbird exhibits are being expanded as well, said Tolbert.
“In addition to airplanes, there will be a military vehicle and weapons display,” she continued. “The Puget Sound Military Club is being joined by chapters out of Canada. They are going to make what may be the biggest military gathering in the Pacific Northwest. Also, the P-51, Curtiss Jenny and P-47 from the Paul Allen Flying Heritage Collection will be flying on Saturday and Sunday.”
Because the event caters to the homebuilding crowd, the forum schedule has been expanded to include more topics of interest, including composite use.
Tolbert noted that the Splash-In on Lake Goodwin, at Lake Goodwin Resort, has been expanded because it was such a success last year. The resort has dock space for loading and unloading and anchored buoys for tie-down will be provided. Transportation to the Arlington Fly-In will be provided.
Air show aficionado can look forward to the Red Eagles, who will be performing at the Arlington show for the first time.
“We’re also expecting Eric Tucker, who is the son of Sean Tucker,” said Tolbert.
On Sunday the fly-in will be dedicated to veterans.
“They get free admission and there will be a special opening to the air show with a military parade and warbirds,” said Tolbert.
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