I know that the NWAAC had good reasons for the changes that have been made, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. I've heard from friends that attendance at MMV (like at about all the other fly-ins) has been down the last few years. I was wondering how others feel about the event.Eric
Speaking of airshows, I'm kinda burnt out on T6's roaring by & Yak 55's gyroscopic'ing around. The best acts I saw at Arlington over the past several years were acro routines by a glider, and another by a deHavilland Chipmunk. There was a clipwing T-Craft there a year or so ago but I never saw him fly.
I don't like the aerobatic pilots shaping the public's minds of what small airplanes are all about,
BUT, I have been to Arlington. This year I'm not exactly boycotting it, but I'm going to be flying in to Arlington, Oregon. 5000' turf strip by the Columbia River, short walk to town. I'll camp under the wing, start a fire in my little wood cookstove for meals, tell lies to any who come, and play harmonica all I want without any hulaballoo or fanfare.
[A well rounded airshow will have elements from all performer types. From fast moving jets to big loud warbirds, and wingwalkers to high performance Extra's. However, it's not easy getting that balance. I think the Arlington show has made real strides in that area the last few years. But then again, I'm pretty biased about that....
Greetings, my name is Roger and I'm President of NWACC in McMinnville and Chairman of the NWAAC Fly-in. I wanted to make clear a couple of points I see mentioned here.1. We've charged one time in McMinnvile and that was the year before last AND IT WAS A BIG MISTAKE. Pretty dumb to ask pilots to pay to get here then charge them. We didn't do it last year and we will not do it again as long as I'm in charge!2. We didn't have an air show last year and we didn't close the runway. We had a small show the year before from Wayne Hadley and Reny Price. Wayne was was donating his aircraft to Evergreen Museum and it was his last appearance in the Raven.3. We will have an air show this year. It will be short and it will be Dr. D plus another plane or two. We are trying to stick with the antique theme. It cost us a very large amount of money to put on the Fly-in and the majority of our income is derived from the gate. The only way to increase the gate attendance is give them another reason to come, hence an air-show.PLEASE feel free to email me or leave a note here. WE WANT TO IMPROVE THE FLY-N and we can't do it if we don't have your suggestions!!Roger H