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This is a housekeeping post.

Posts about the 2017 symposium will appear here beginning in June 2016.

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2017 International Wreckchasing Symposium, Pasco, Washington.

The 2017 Wreckchasing Symposium hosted by Dave McCurry is scheduled for late May of 2017 with no firm date set as of now. The venue will be held on the east side of the Pasco airport in a nice modern aviation ground training and conference room provided by Bergstrom Aircraft, Inc.

For those interested in flying in to the event; the Pasco Airport is currently served by Delta, United Express, Alaska/Horizon, and Allegiant Airlines.

There are five motels located nearby with Best Western offering attendees group rates for the event. The Best Western and Red Lion motels are located within one mile of the event, with three other motels located within three miles of the event. Driving from either of these locations is very simple and easy with very light traffic.

Prior to, and after the Wreckchasing Symposium, there will be wreck hunting trips available, air tours of the local area, a talk given on the local Pasco Naval Air Station history with a visit to the new museum, and a possible aviation archaeology dig. There is a buried dump site of Navy F4F Wildcat and F6F Hellcat fighter planes located on the former WWII Pasco NAS training base that we are currently trying to get dig approval on.  

Inquiries regarding the 2017 Wreckchasing Symposium can be directed to Dave McCurry, dvmccurry@yahoo.com

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Dave, I'm truly looking forward to the Pasco symposium in May.  At the 2016 symposium in Pueblo, Dave Mihalik spoke highly of the many crash sites around the Pasco area and your experience investigating them.  I and a some other AvAr team members are definitely planning to arrive a couple of days early in order to visit some of these sites.  Also, I'm personally interested in investigating the Pasco Airport from the early airmail airfield standpoint. 

Please let me know at your earliest how to purchase admittance for the symposium.  Also, if you have any suggestions for decent lodging nearby I'd appreciate that as early as possible so that I can secure choice accommodations.

Finally, if you are still looking for speakers, I can provide a presentation if you'd like.  Please let me know soon.
2017 will be the first symposium we have done in the Northwest, and I'm really stoked to attend.

Brian Richardson

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Sorry I am late responding back to you, I have been completely overwhelmed with flight training lately. In regard to your interest in lodging, we at Bergstrom Aircraft have a group rate for the 2017 International Wreckchasing Symposium scheduled for May 20-21, 2017, at the Best Western Plus Pasco Inn and Suites. You can call the Best Western Plus at 509-543-7722 for more information.

Travel distance from the airline terminal to the Best Western Inn is .5 miles, and travel distance from the Best Western Inn to the Bergstrom Aircraft conference room where the symposium is being held is 1.5 miles. Rooms are very nice and they do have a free shuttle van to and from either of those locations. We very much look forward to a large number of speakers giving presentations on a variety of topics, so you are welcome to give one.

As we gather more information, we will be posting a lot more after the first of the year. Dave

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8th Annual International Wreckchasing Symposium
Pasco, Washington, May 20-21, 2017

The 8th annual International Wreckchasing Symposium will be hosted by Bergstrom Aircraft in Pasco, Washington, on May 20-21, 2017. Admission to this year's event is free and there will be many speakers and other events scheduled before, during, and after this year's venue. Seating will be limited to approximately fifty persons. There will be light snack meals provided during the event, but there are also many fine restaurants located nearby as well. We are also planning a private hot dog roast on Saturday night the 20th of May.

The symposium location is: Bergstrom Aircraft, 4102 Stearman Ave. Pasco, WA 99301 Tel. (509) 547-6271

Prior to the symposium, we will be visiting several local aircraft crash sites on Friday May the 19th. For those interested in visiting these sites, we will be assembling during the evening of Thursday May 18th after 6:00 pm local time to plan for a 7:00 am morning departure on the 19th.

Other activities may include visits to the many local wineries and possible visits to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to study the history of plutonium production and the building of the Atomic Bomb.

Also for those interested, we will be conducting air tours of the local area with Bergstrom Aircraft Planes.

Material items as well as money donations are certainly welcomed to help support the opening of the Pacific Northwest Aviation Museum. Book authors will also have signed copies of their aviation related books available for sale.

Some of the local favorite restaurants include:

Anthony's Restaurant
550 Columbia Point Drive
Richland, WA (509) 946- 3474

Fujiyama Japanese Steak House and Bar
2522 Queensgate Dr.
Richland, WA (509) 713-7588

Cedars Restaurant Steak and Seafood
355 Clover Island Drive
Kennewick, WA (509) 582-2143

Ice Harbor Brewing
350 Clover Island Drive
Kennewick, WA (509) 586-3181

RF McDougall's
1705 Columbia Park Trail
Richland, WA (509) 735-6418

Bonefish Grill
133 Gage Blvd.
Richland, WA (509) 628-9296

Bobs Burgers and Brew
3609 Plaza Way
Kennewick, WA (509) 987-1060

Cousins Restaurant
4605 Rd. 68
Pasco, WA (509) 543-9925

For additional information, send requests to Dave McCurry, dvmccurry@yahoo.com or check for additional information regarding speakers attending the event on the International Wreckchasing Symposium website at: http://www.Wreckchasing-Symposium.com


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For attendees travelling to this year's 8th annual International Wreckchasing Symposium, we have special group rates at the Best Western Plus Pasco Inn and Suites located at 2811 N. 20th Ave. Pasco, Washington 99301. Tel. (509) 543-7722.

Other hotels located nearby include:

Hampton Inn & Suites
6826 Burdon Blvd.
Pasco, WA 99301
(509) 792-1660

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
4525 Convention Place
Pasco, WA 99301
(509) 543-7000

Red Lion Hotel
2525 N. 20th Ave.
Pasco, WA 99301
(509) 544-3933

My Place Hotel
6830 Rodeo Drive
Pasco, WA 99301
(509) 545-2186

Sleep Inn Hotel
9930 Bedford Street
Pasco, WA 99301
(509) 545-9554

All of these are very nice clean modern accommodations.


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Thanks to all who are organizing the 2017 Symposium.  All looks good so far!  I am planning to attend and am preparing a 30-minute PowerPoint presentation titled "Washington and Oregon's Early Airways."  This will concentrate on the artifacts I've found of the airway light beacons and four-course, low-frequency radio ranges in the two states.  Oregon is rich in surviving beacon towers and both states have unique surviving remnants of the radio ranges.  Looking forward to May in Pasco! 
Tom Johnson

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Thank you, Tom, for letting us know you'll be participating.  The research and cataloging of historic airways sites is an important feature of our historic work. Data-logging of these vanishing facilities is an integral part of what we're all about.


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Aviation Activity in the Seattle Area

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I'm planning to attend. Need anymore speakers? I'm presently putting together a PowerPoint presentation about the 1942 accident involving TWA Flight 3 near Las Vegas, NV for our FAA safety seminar.
Research of historical civil and commercial aviation accidents and sites (1920s-1990s). http://www.lostflights.com

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We would love to have you as a speaker. Please sign up and with that topic, it would be great to have a few more similar to that! 


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