# Arlington 2019 Fly-in

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#### BBerson

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Anyone at Arlington Fly-in on opening day? (Friday August 16)
The webcam looks like no airplanes in the campground.

#### Wanttaja

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I should be there Saturday, if the weather is good enough to fly in.

Ron Wanttaja

#### Toobuilder

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This seems to be a recurring theme of late. I always wanted to see this one but I hear it is dead, dead, dead.

#### davidb

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I arrived this evening in the SeaRey and will be here until Sunday morning. I hear this was a much bigger show ten or more years ago.

#### BJC

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I arrived this evening in the SeaRey and will be here until Sunday morning. I hear this was a much bigger show ten or more years ago.
It was a very nice event 20 years ago. I flew in 4 years ago, and it was nothing like it had been.

BJC

#### BBerson

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It was number three in size, after Airventure and Sun-n-Fun. Then EAA abandoned it and gradual decline.

#### BBerson

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I don't see the temporary tower trailer in the webcam, like years past.
I doubt they need a tower at all.

#### BJC

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It was number three in size, after Airventure and Sun-n-Fun. Then EAA abandoned it and gradual decline.
EAA ceased sponsoring the regional fly-in. Arlington once was, as you mentioned, the NW EAA Regional Fly-in.

BJC

#### Wanttaja

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EAA ceased sponsoring the regional fly-in. Arlington once was, as you mentioned, the NW EAA Regional Fly-in.
I believe EAA has stopped sponsoring any regional fly-ins. There was a fatality at Arlington ~10 years ago, and EAA almost got stuck with the bill due to "deep pockets." IIRC, they lost the $8M lawsuit, but eventually got it overturned. Ron Wanttaja #### Dan Thomas ##### Well-Known Member It was a nice down-home sort of fly-in more than 40 years ago when I was attending regularly. Then the commercial interests and insurance companies stuck their fingers into the pie. #### BJC ##### Well-Known Member HBA Supporter I believe EAA has stopped sponsoring any regional fly-ins. Yes, that is what I meant to write. There was a fatality at Arlington ~10 years ago, and EAA almost got stuck with the bill due to "deep pockets." IIRC, they lost the$8M lawsuit, but eventually got it overturned.
If you are referring to the RV that attempted to make a hasty departure just before the airshow, then it is the one that my wife saw. I was in the Glasair factory at the time. Bad thing. That was in 1999. Time flies.

BJC

#### Wanttaja

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If you are referring to the RV that attempted to make a hasty departure just before the airshow, then it is the one that my wife saw. I was in the Glasair factory at the time. Bad thing. That was in 1999. Time flies.
You are correct, that WAS quite a long time ago. To quote Groucho, "Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana."

You did word your reference to regional fly-ins in general, I just missed it.

Ron Wanttaja

#### Dan Thomas

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I was last there in '97 or '98, when a fellow was demonstrating his Hornet?, I think it was, repeatedly taking off and climbing steeply at low speed and then turning on a dime and landing where he'd just taken off from. We watched, waited for the stall/spin, and there it was. He died in that crash.

#### rdj

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Is the decline of the regional fly-ins solely the result of EAA pulling out? It seems to me a lot of the experimental/homebuilt fly-ins "died" in the past decade, and it's hard to pin down any one factor. The Great Recession of 2008/2009 seemed to wallop a number of them. At least around these parts it also feels as if the generation of homebuilders responsible for organizing these events is passing on, and there aren't many younger folks around to carry on. Arlington -- slow. Golden West -- effectively gone. Copperstate -- maybe OK but merged with another air fair. Rocky Mountain -- back after three year hiatus. Not sure about the Eastern shows. Other than for Airventure and Sun 'n Fun, how many (U.S.) shows are left that have much experimental/homebuilt participation?

#### BBerson

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Well, EAA invented the fly-in and the fly-in was a part of EAA from the start in 1953. EAA volunteers make it happen. So yes EAA pulling the support has killed the local fly-in. Oshkosh is still supported and has some growth this year.

#### BJC

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I recall that someone mentioned something about a tax issue, between Oregon and Washington and, perhaps, California, that led to vendors and the big RV crowd from Oregon boycotting the fly-in. I don't recall the details.

I'm not certain, but I think that Sun n Fun initiated the divorce with EAA over financial issues. Prior to that the EAA SE regional fly-in was at Tullahoma. A personal dispute between Paul and John led to that divorce, and SnF benefitted.

Anyone have any info about Oshkosh attendance with and without regional fly-ins?

BJC