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The 2015 Aviation Archaeology Conference is official, the conference room has been reserved, hotel discount secured, and rental house for 5 couples rented!
It will be in Las Vegas rather than in San Francisco.

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The goals for this conference are to have a small intimate feel, to be a venue for those of us in this field to network, to share the research we have been working on, to meet people in person who you may only know on the forum or by e-mail, to swap stories, plus to get out into the field and have fun! Next year, the 2016 conference organized by the Colorado AvAr team looks like it will be a big one with national advertising and even sponsors. 2015 may be the last time that we will hold a conference that is small and intimate.

 

This year’s conference will be a full week long, but will have only one day of presentations:  Saturday, October 17th. The remaining days will be spent in the field visiting crash sites. During the first few days there will be one main trip, and as additional participants arrive, we will break into several trip options. Ideally we are looking to keep each group to 12 people/3 vehicles maximum for each trip. On Friday October 16th, there will also be an airway beacon field trip to visit several sites along the Las Vegas - Salt Lake airway. Additional field trips may be added if needed to accommodate the total number of conference participants.

Monday October 12th
Super secret site. It is a really good site and is a long, challenging hike.  It is well worth the effort.

Tuesday October 13th
Recovery day from Monday’s long hike: visiting several sites around greater Las Vegas. Most will be drive-up or short walks to the sites. Evening will be spent at the rental house and stories swapped.

Wednesday October 14th
Long drive and moderate hiking. Several good sites will be visited.

Thursday October 15th
Trip A: Long drive and moderate hiking. Several good sites will be visited
Trip B: Visit several sites within visual distance of Nellis AFB.  These should also provide great plane watching as aircraft depart and return to Nellis.

Friday October 16th
Trip A: Long drive and moderate hiking. Several good sites will be visited
Trip B: Visit several sites within visual distance of Nellis AFB. 
These should also provide great plane watching as aircraft depart and return to Nellis. (This is a repeat of Thursday)
Trip C: Airway beacon field trip, visiting several sites along the Las Vegas - Salt Lake airway.

 

Saturday October 17th
A full day of presentations from 8:00AM to 5:00PM, and will be held at Santa Fe Hotel & Casino. Lunch will be from 12:00 -1:00 and there are numerous dining options within the casino. For the presentations, we'll have a couple of 45 minute slots, but we'd like to focus on giving as many people as possible the opportunity to showcase their work/crashes they've been to in "Lightning Rounds" -- where each person gets 15 minutes for their presentation. Authors are encouraged to bring their books/CDs with extra copies to sell. Please consider giving a presentation! The conference is all about getting together and sharing stories.

 

Sunday October 18th
Trip A (recommended for those who are flying out that afternoon or evening):  
Mostly drive up, or short walks to several sites around greater Las Vegas.
Trip B (only for those staying that night or with a red eye flight out): One site visit and a site search. An F-86 crash will be visited and another searched for—we may or may not find it!

 

I have a rental house (with a pool) that will be used as a meeting point at the end of the day to swap stories and show photos of each group’s daily adventures. While all are welcome to throw back a cold one after a long day of hiking, I want to make it clear that this is not a party house, there are plenty of other places in Las Vegas to do that if that is what you want. Anyone not behaving responsibly will be asked to leave.

 

Discounted rates at the Santa Fe Station Hotel (4949 N Rancho Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89108):
Sun – Thurs $49 + $9.99 Hotel Service Fee + 12% tax = 
$66.07 per night
Fri-Sat $69 + $9.99 Hotel Service Fee + 12% tax = $88.47 per night

Guests will need to book by 9/12/15 to receive discount
Discount code will be provided upon registration to the conference.

 

There are 4 rooms available at the rental house. The price is $525.00 (only about $20 more than the hotel for the full week to stay in a luxury house!). Contact Craig for details.

 

Conference fee: $60.00 for the first day you attend, and $30.00 for each additional day you attend. This allows everyone to decide how many days they wish to participate. The fee includes conference room, audio visual equipment, coffee, iced tea, and lemonade for Saturday.  For the other days, a printed copy of the synopsis of the accident report and directions for the sites visited will be provided as well as a full copy of the accident report electronically. Most days between 2 and 6 sites will be visited!

 

Payment can be made by sending PayPal Payment to aair@AviationArchaeology.com (or you can use the PayPal button on AAIR’s website at http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/reports.htm#ORD ), and enter the appropriate amount for the number of days you are attending. In the notes section on PayPal, please enter “2015 Aviation Archaeology Conference,” and the days you plan to participate. PayPal is the only way we can accept credit cards. Or you may mail a check or Money Order to:

Craig Fuller
7644 South 15th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85041

 

Any questions, just post up here or e-mail me at aair@aviationarchaeology.com

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Sounds great, Craig - thanks for pulling this together!  Sounds like a brutal schedule - but that's a good thing!   -  Steve
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I plan on being there all week.  Ken Potter
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Thanks Ken & Steve, received your e-mails!

As a teaser for what to expect on the field trips, take a look at the trip report at http://pacaeropress.websitetoolbox.com/post/vegas-expedition-7525740?trail=#8

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Looks like I will be transferring to Las Vegas early October and a good chance that I will attend the conference this year.
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Craig,

This looks like a monumental gathering, but I'm already booked on the first few days.  I'm working the standby desk to make it Friday, but no promises.

Brian
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Really looking forward to this event being back in Vegas!

Not sure yet how many days I will be attending, but it's going to be a blast!
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Hi Craig  . . .  and all, 

I'm planning to be with you Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17.   Friday for Trip C to the Airway Beacon sites and Saturday for the presentations.  I'm planning one of the short, 15-minute presentations to be the "best of" my finds in the last ten years of exploring airway beacon and radio range sites of the 30's and 40's. 

Tom Johnson
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I'll try to make it Saturday and for the local sites Sunday.  I was hoping for a chance to get out on the weekday hikes but between work and dealing with my father there's no time available.

If I was to go out on Sunday's local visits I have a friend who would like to go.  She's a hiking lover who hasn't been out in a long time.  Is that considered "attendance" I should include in the fee?

Also, for the local visits Sunday is a regular car suitable or would I need an SUV?  I have no problem bouncing my sports car down graded dirt roads, we do it at work during durability testing all the time, but there are limits.  I usually have an AWD SUV as my company lease but I'm in between leases so down to my own car at the moment.

Walt
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Hi Walt,

I am headed out the door for LV right now, but will send you a reply tonight.

Craig

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Hi Craig  . . .  and all,

Do we have the address of the rental house / meeting place?   Thanks! 

Craig, if you have a cell number, that might be helpful to me.  If you don't want to post it here, please send to me at: 
tomjohn316@gmail.com  
Thanks again! 

Tom J. 
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Hi Tom, check your e-mail.

Cheers,

Craig

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Hi Craig,

Got the email.  All is well.  Thanks ! 

Tom J. 
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Dang. I have been missing all the latest and greatest memos. I switched to using my Gmail address only, and neglected to update it here until now.

Hope everyone is having a ball!

Jana

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If anyone happens to check this, I've been trying to contact Craig about the next couple days with no success - if anyone could pass on the message to call me I would appreciate it - Travis
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