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Aviation News in 2007

New GA FBO in Peking

From an e-mail I received:

Beijing International Capital Airport, the host of the 2007 China General Aviation Forum , will unveil its newly built FBO to the world at the forum. Come and visit this major facility that will accommodate all business jets before and during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  


3rd Annual Rogue Valley Air Festival 2007

The event will be held June 9-10, 2007 at the Medford, Oregon airport (MFR) at the North Jet Center.

Schedule: Friday, June 8, 2007 3p - 8p Fly-in/Set Up 7pm Bar B Que for Pilots Sat, June 9, 2007 9a - 5p Public Access to Festival Sun, June 10, 2007 9a - 5p Public Access to Festival Fly-in

Set up a booth to share your information or become a sponsor of the event - or just show up and give us a hand - we need all the help we can get !! We had an excellent turn out last year for our second annual event and 2007 promises to be even better (we expect 10,000 participants). We already have 2 major media sponsors ! Please check out our website at Download a form, send it to us and plan to join us for an excellent get together to promote our industry and support the local food bank in Medford (Access Food Share, Inc.). (See web site for PDF of the registration form)

We are looking for airplanes for display, groups who want to promote their mission, air industry related businesses or entities. Check out our website and plan to participate. If you have further questions please contact myself or Gene Sieg directly via this email or my phone number listed below. Send emails attention: Oregon Air Festival Joe Puckett Air Festival Coordinator Office 1-800-622-9391 Fax 541-732-1829 email:

Northwest Model Hobby Expo

March 24 & 25, 2007

Evergreen State Fairgrounds Monroe, Washington  USA

Saturday 3/24     -      9 am.     -      5 pm.

Sunday  3/25       -      9 am.     -      3 pm.

Free parking - Local lodging deals - Old Friends - Great food - RV Hook Ups

General admission : $6 one day;  $10 two day;   Kids under 10 free with certifiable adult.

ALL Booths & Tables will be sold based on first come first choice this first year and will include one show duration pass for each table purchased!!!

Trade Show Vendors:

Vendors may start setting up at 7 am. Friday 3/23… Vendor booth spaces approximate 10’ x 10’ and include 110 v. power hook up, Full colored 3 sided skirt and back drop, 96 x 3 table, 2 chairs.

Vendor booths priced as follows for the weekend:

1 table $250; 2 tables $400; 3 tables $575; 4 tables $650

Additional charges for phone service, drop shipment, hourly labor, RV hookups are available to all booths through the Fair Grounds Office.  Professional and business vendors must have an open tax registration number with the Washington Dept. of revenue.

Big Apple Swap Shop (B.A.S.S.)

Swap Shop participants will be able to start setting up at Noon on Friday 3/23. Swap shop tables will have approximate 8’ x 10’ floor space for wall tables and 8’ x 8’ shared floor spaces for the regular floor tables so….. No more need for dieting or sucking in of that slightly overhanging tummy to enable squeaking in around the corners from too little space between the regular tables.

No more range wars in / and / or around any of the tables.


B.A.S.S. tables are priced as follows:           Saturday                Sat. & Sun

                                      Regular Table           $20                        $30

                                      Wall Table                $30                        $45

                                      Outdoors covered stall is $10 per day


 **Model clubs and S.I.G.’s will be given a free display table with 5 entry passes for event duration in exchange for supplying event with 5 reliable persons to help in shifts with staffing of doors etc. There are limited spots for this deal so sign up your club soon!!


Please direct all e-mail responses to

Phone (206) 361 – EXPO (3976) … and web site to follow soon!!

See you all there!!.. JF


Collector and Swap Meet in McMinnville, Oregon

Friday evening and all day Saturday, March 9th and 10th, 2007 Yamhill County Fair Grounds, 2070 N. E. Lafayette St.

The fairgrounds are in north McMinnville, just south of the steel mill on Lafayette Street. From the north turn left onto Lafayette at the first stop light and drive 1/3 mile. From the south go through McMinnville on Highway 99 and turn right onto Lafayette.

Tables are $12 each and general admission is $2.

Hours are 4pm to 9pm Friday and 9am to 6pm on Saturday.

Sponsored by McMinnville Aircraft Modelers, American Junior Classics and Noel Martin. For information phone 503 560-0199

Popcorn and coffee provided by hosts. You are invited to the second year of our swap meet. We have advertised in the MECA bulletin, hobby shops and sent notices to all clubs in Oregon and south west Washington. Plan on having a good time talking to modelers and, perhaps finding a good bargain. Please help spread the information.

The Model Aviation Showcase will be open for visiting, 3000 square feet of modeling since the late 1920s. The Evergreen Aviation Museum is here, also; you may want to make it a week end visit.

The 'personal blimp' takes flight

December 29, 2006 4:00 AM PDT

Dissatisfied with existing designs, a small Amherst, Mass., company called Skyacht Aircraft is working on building a better hot-air balloon.

Actually, Skyacht is touting its project as a "personal blimp"--that is, "a hot-air balloon that can be maneuvered in nearly perfect quiet," according to the company's Web site. The latest version of the aircraft, dubbed Alberto, passed a milestone in October, when it made its first flight.

Alberto, named after aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont, is 102 feet long and has a 70-foot diameter. Since October, it has completed 10 hours of Phase I flight testing to meet Federal Aviation Authority requirements.