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Fall Fly-Ins: Reno, AOPA, NBAA

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For pilots in search of fly-in destinations, three big events are coming up for the fall season, and this year all three will be held in the western part of the U.S. The Reno Air Races are, of course, always held in Nevada, and the show starts next Wednesday, Sept. 11. "Jetman" Yves Rossy will be flying above the crowd, in his second U.S. appearance following his debut at EAA AirVenture. The airshow will be missing the fast and loud military teams, like the rest of this year's shows, but the line-up includes aerobatic flyer Mike Goulian, Clay Lacy in a Lear 25, the Patriots L-39 jet team, and more. Of course the real attraction at Reno is the pylon racing, with a variety of classes from jets to biplanes to the famed Unlimited racers.

Last week, AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with Elliot Seguin, a Mojave home-builder who's bringing a new design into the Reno mix this month. Also coming up is the annual AOPA Summit, Oct. 10 to 12, being held for the first time in Fort Worth, Texas. Chris Eads, AOPA director of events, said the site is just a two- or three-hour flight from either coast. "It makes getting to Summit economical not just for the people in the immediate region, but for all our members," Eads said. Later in the month, Oct. 22 to 24, NBAA holds its annual convention in Las Vegas, Nev. About 25,000 visitors are expected, and the show will host announcements for all the latest products and news in the business aviation world.

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