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Colorado AvAr group is hosting the 2013 Aviation Archeology Conference. The date is set for Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21, 2013 with a field trip on Friday. CO AvAr will announce more details later. I will be coordinating speakers again, so let me know if you are interested in giving a presentation. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!


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The 2012 AA Conference was awesome.  Really interesting speakers and it was a pleasure to meet so many folks from the forum.  I'm disappointed to hear that it's going to CO in 2013 though.  I thought that the Nellis location was perfect for this sort of thing - Nice facility and local crash sites that make for some nice outings.

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Don't worry, we will be returning to Las Vegas the following year!
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Nice of Colorado to host the event this year.

Unfortunately I won't be able to attend this time, due to my work schedule and the cost of travel.

Though I am of course biased a bit, I agree with Mark...the conference last year was awesome, and the large amount of easily accessed sites in the Vegas area make for a really good location for the conference.

I will look forward to the return to Vegas!
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I'm interested in attending and speaking. Too early to confirm yet.
I will say that the Colorado group will need to really impress everyone with a good wreck site because Nevada has soo many.
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Dave raises a good point about Nevada vs. Colorado - that said, focus should still remain on furthering the cause.

I say that realizing two things a) I personally haven't attended since Moffett and b) chasing a wreck is more "fun" than all the chair time at the meetings.  

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Craig, thanks for posting the dates - I missed the earlier Colo event(s) but having worked with Brian and his team at La Junta AAF last year, I'm sure they too can put on a great conference and field trip(s).  I'll bet they can produce at least one crash site on arid, barren ground that will seem just like southern Nevada...except for the elevation!

(Update) Not sure about this trip - put me down as tentative only.

Thanks - Steve O.
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The Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association had a great time back in 2010 and are looking forward to learn more about your show in 2013.

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The 2013 Aviation Archaeology and Heritage Association (AAHA) Symposium will be held in Denver, Colorado at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum on the weekend of April 20/21, 2013.  As security is always an issue at Nellis for our non-US colleagues, we elected to return to Denver for this year’s event.  Please reply to this thread if you will definitely attend, might attend, or will not be able to attend.   


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.  As always authors are encouraged to bring their books/CDs with extra copies to sell. 


We will follow the same format as in years past with presentations lasting between 15 and 60 minutes on both Saturday and Sunday.  Craig Fuller has once again agreed to coordinate the presentation schedule.  If you would like to give a presentation please contact him at
aair@AviationArchaeology.com
or by phone at (480) 218-8198.  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 slides. 


The Friday before our Nellis conference is generally reserved for field trips to local crash sites.  We are considering a number of possible sites along the Front Range for a field excursion on Friday (4/19).  However, springtime in the Rockies usually means unpredictable weather and snow in the high country where the best sites are situated.  We’ll continue to evaluate several options and post here shortly after the New Year.  


This year’s symposium happens to fall on the 95th anniversary of the demise of the Red Baron, Manfred von Richtofen (4/21/1918), the highest scoring ace of World War 1.  To commemorate
this event we have arranged to hold a social gathering at the Vintage Aero Flying Museum http://vafm.org/ in Hudson, Colorado on Saturday evening.  This is arguably the finest collection of WWI aeronautica housed under one roof, representing the air forces of all belligerent nations during that conflict.  Our host for the evening will be curator and world renowned aviation historian Andy Parks.  Introducing some pretty sound forensic evidence he will present a truly unique perspective as to just who actually fired the shot which mortally wounded von Richtofen. 


Payment

Admission for the 2013 symposium will be $75.00 per person, which covers the cost of the meeting room, audio visual equipment, lunchtime sandwich buffet on Saturday and Sunday, morning and afternoon refreshments, Saturday evening social event, and admission to Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum. 


Payment can be made by either check, money order or electronically through
Pay Pal™.  For check or money order please make these payable to:

North American Institute of Aviation Archaeology (or NAIAA) 

727 Rodgers Circle

Platteville, CO 80651


Those wishing to use the electronic option should send an email to
aviator_b@msn.com
stating they wish to use Pay Pal™ and the number of members in their party who will attend.  An invoice will then be forwarded and all you need do is fill in the blanks and submit.  PayPal is the only way we can accept credit cards.


We are currently investigating the best deals for accommodations in the area.  While there are quite a few options within a reasonable distance from the symposium venue, only a few fall within a competitive price range and have a good review record.  We plan to visit each over the next couple of weeks and post our recommendation(s) for preferred lodging sometime during the first week of January.  

If you have any questions, comments or concerns you would like addressed directly, please contact Brian at aviator_b@msn.com

 

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Looking forward to it. Barring any unforseen circumstances, Wendy and I should be there!
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Count Peggy and I in this year! Craig, I am willing to put together a presentation, let me know what you would be interested in.
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I plan on attending and presenting.
I think I will present my discoveries from the World War One airfield, Payne Field Mississippi to go along with this conference theme, since there will be a visit to a WW1 Air Museum.
I Also would like to present the story of the 1938 Vultee crash site and memorial dedication.

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Time off requested!  Looking forward to another great conference.
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I really enjoyed the last two conferences at Nellis. I am a maybe for this conference as I have a couple conflicts currently.

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Do you have any hotels recommendations for the conference? We are doing our planning to figure costs.

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