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Schedule for each day of presentations updated on page three, post 31 http://pacaeropress.websitetoolbox.com/post/show_single_post?pid=1272999470&postcount=31

We have the conference room reserved again this year at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, NV for the weekend of April 27–29.  

Please reply to this thread if you will definitely attend, might attend, or will not be able to attend. I expect the cost per person to be about the same as last year, around $60.00, which covers the cost of the meeting room, audio visual equipment, and morning and afternoon snacks. Details on registering and accommodations will be following shortly

The main goal of the conference is to provide an opportunity for everyone to meet in person and network, and to share the research they have been working on. Authors are encouraged to bring their books/CDs with extra copies to sell. 

We will follow the same format as last year. Presentations will be 15 to 60 minutes long (presenters, please let me know how long your presentation will be ahead of time so I can organize the schedule). Presentations can be about a project you are working on, a site you have found, or a site you are currently researching but have not yet found.  Microsoft PowerPoint presentations are preferred, but we can accommodate other formats such as video or slide projector. 

Friday will be a field trip to several crash sites. Saturday and Sunday will be presentations. Last year we had a few people book flights out early on Sunday not realizing that presentations are also given Sunday. We will again plan to have presentations on Sunday this year, however, the timing will depend on how many presentations we have, and how long they are. We also had several groups visit crash sites Sunday evening. Also, on most nights everyone went out for happy hour and/or dinner.  We will plan for the same for this year.
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Admission for the two-day event is $60.00 which covers the cost of the meeting room, audio visual equipment, and morning and afternoon snacks. 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 ), enter $60.00 for amount and in the notes enter “2012 Aviation Archaeology Conference.” PayPal is the only way we can accept credit cards. Or you may mail a check or Money Order to:

Craig Fuller

4409 Hillview Way

Rohnert Park, CA 94928




Due to stringent Air Force security policy, AAHA has to have everyone attending this conference registered for admittance by 5:00 pm (PDT), April 20, 2012.  This means you can’t show at the gate and pay at the last minute.  You will also need to provide your date of birth when you register as part of the security procedures.


(Note that if you are a foreign national, your meeting registration information must be submitted 60 days in advance.)





There are a number of lodging options located within a short distance of the conference center.  However, special discount rates have been reserved for this event through two places.


The first is Nellis Suites at Main Gate, http://nellissuitesatmaingate.com/, 4555 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89115.  This accommodation is situated adjacent the main gate to the base. This is the closest and cheapest option available. Most attendees stayed here last year. It is an older hotel, and while a few people complained about the hard beds, most found it more than adequate:


Discount rates are available for the following dates: April 27, 2012 - April 30, 2012


1 Bedroom Suite   $ 59.00 per night + 12% tax & hotel service fee of $5.00 per day.


2 Bedroom Suite   $ 79.00 per night + 12% tax & hotel service fee of $5.00 per day


*Based on availability. The cutoff date for these rates is 5 days before arrival date: April 22, 2012 before 5pm. (rates may change after this time).


*All suites are single/double occupancy.  After 2 adults there will be a $10 extra adult fee per room, per night.  Under age 18 yrs. there is NO charge.


*The hotel has a 24hr. cancellation policy.   

*Check-in time is 3pm & check-out is 12 noon. 


The amenities that are offered are as follows:


* 1 & 2 Bedroom Suites

* Full Size Kitchens and Appliances including cookware & dishes.

* Outdoor Lagoon-Style Pool & Spa

* Local & Long Distance Phone Calls (within the US)

* Wi-Fi internet access

* Complimentary Deluxe Continental Breakfast Daily

* Complimentary Coffee & Tea Served all Day in lobby.

* Courtesy Patrol

* Pet Friendly (25lbs. and under, $50 pet fee will apply. Working animals excluded.)

* Large Laundry Facility with Ice machine.

* Fitness Center with weight training equipment.

* In-Room Safes

* Order-Inn Room Service *Provided by Order-Inn Hospitality Services

* Iron/Ironing Board-Full size.

* Hair Dryers

* Restaurants & Walmart within walking distance.


2nd Option


The second option is Holiday Inn Express® Las Vegas – Nellis, http://www.hiexpress.com/lv-nellis, 4035 N. Nellis Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89115. This is further away, and more expensive, but is a new, nicer hotel. The rate is $75.00 a night plus 12% Room Occupancy Tax.


To obtain this rate you will need to contact Zenina Malden, Sales Coordinator, by phone or e-mail at: 702-644-0893 or Zenina@finehospitality.com

Holiday Inn Express® Las Vegas - Nellis

4035 N. Nellis Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89115

Ph: 702-644-0893  Fax: 702-644-4938




Craig AAIR, Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research http://www.aviationarchaeology.com

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I will attend. Although I'm not sure how much of it I will get to see due to working weekends, I'm glad to help out moneywise regardless.

My fiancee is a maybe.


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Tentative yes.  Lots going on but will try to work out the time (meaning make peace with my wife).  The session last year was wonderful!  

And Craig, if the time of  your message was your local time of 02:54 AM, I am impressed.

Regards.  Dave McCord

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I am in 100%.  It was a great time last year even though i did not get to go on any of the expeditions. 

And thanks in advance to craig fuller for putting it together again - i am sure it takes a lot of time to organize.


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I'll be there, and if there's room I'd like to make a presentation about a Navy bomber wreck I found. 

Will the group stay at the same hotel as last year or do you have recommendations for other lodging?
Looking forward to it.

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Jennifer and I are in!
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Excellent, between here and the e-mails I have received we have enough people to make this a go!

I will talk to Brian and get his hotel contacts and see if they are willing to offer us a discount again.

Craig AAIR, Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research http://www.aviationarchaeology.com

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Not looking good for the Benya's. We had ALOT of fun and learned a bunch last year, but it looks like we have a lot on our plates this summer. Not a definitive "NO" but chances aren't good.
AAHA 2013 here we come!

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Craig, put me down as a maybe. I really want to go, but my work schedule has been unpredictable lately.



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Craig, Consider me a maybe. I'll know in a week. I need to see if I can work out some details. Thanks for your efforts. We did a Cultural Resource Survey of the former La Junta AAFBase (Colorado) over this last Fall. I think we have some neat info to share.  Larry Liebrecht

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Hey Craig - thanks for getting the word out!  I will definitely plan to be there again, and today Dick C. said yes, so call it 1-point-5 for sure!  Looking forward to YOUR presentations -


Steve O.


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Put me down as a tentative yes.  I'll have to check what my business travel schedule is once I get back from my current trip (typing from hotel in Intl Falls MN.)


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Looking like we are going to have a good turnout!

Craig AAIR, Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research http://www.aviationarchaeology.com

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Thanks for the invite Craig! Sounds great. Trying to work out the work schedule. Working for The Boeing Company now in Seattle and the timing doesn't look good, but... Will do my best to attend. Keep me in the loop for a "virtual presentation" if that is possible and networking opportunities. Put my name in the hat for anyone to contact me anytime. Will hate to miss this.

Mark Z.

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Hey Craig

It is very doubtful that I will be able to may it to the Forum, I know that I will miss a great time.

Thank You for the invite.

Take care.~~~Jim Rowan

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