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NickV

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Welcome to the web forum for the Aviation Archaeology and Heritage Association.

The Aviation Archaeology and Heritage Association (AAHA) is a new organization dedicated to the advancement of aviation as a specific discipline of historic archaeology.

In April 2009 at Moffett Field, California, and in April 2010 in Broomfield, Colorado, delegates from across the United States and Canada gathered with the express purpose of creating a multi-national aviation archaeology organization. The group’s mission statement is:

 Preserve, protect, promote and honor our vast aviation heritage through stewardship, ethically responsible research, investigation, exploration, and excavation of relevant sites and facilities, while also providing information and education so that others will remember and may be inspired.

 After many hours of serious consideration the attendees, representing both professional and avocational aviation archaeology and wreckchasing interests at large, decided upon the following: 

  1. That a need [truly] exists to form a strong organization which will represent all interests involved with this pursuit.
  2. That the name of this organization shall be Aviation Archaeology and Heritage Association (AAHA).
  3. That a sound constitution must be developed in order to define, guide and protect all members of this organization. 
  4. That benefit of services provided should equal or exceed cost of membership.
  5. That simple, unilateral protocol for the conduct of surveying and or excavating historically significant artifacts must be created.

 It was agreed that undecided issues shall be postponed until the next general gathering, but a set of bylaws would be drafted, in the meantime, for ratification by attendees at the 2011 meeting. It was further agreed that election of officers would be held until at that meeting, as well.

 The Aviation Archaeology and Heritage Association will hold its next gathering April 29–May 1, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at Nellis Air Force Base. The meeting is open to the general public, and admission for the two-day event will be $58, which covers the cost of the meeting room, audio visual equipment, and morning and afternoon snacks. (Note that if you are a foreign national, your meeting registration information must be submitted 60 days in advance.) A schedule of events will be posted on this forum in the near future.

If you would like to register for this event, please contact:

Brian Richardson by email: aviator_b at msn.com (replace the word “at” with @ before sending)

Whether you have an interest to simply visit historic aeronautical sites or become more involved in their official documentation, you are invited to join the Aviation Archaeology and Heritage Association (AAHA).

Please check this site regularly for updated messages. 


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Call for Presentations for Aviation Archaeology and Heritage Association’s next meeting, April 29–May 1, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at Nellis Air Force Base.

 

This is an opportunity for aviation archaeologists/wreck chasers to share current work with each other. 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. Presentations and any associated Q&A will be allotted 20 minutes.  The AAHA would like to accommodate as many presenters as possible at this meeting. If you have a big project that would require a longer time to present, or would like to present multiple sites/projects, this will be accommodated on a space-available basis.

 

In addition to the presentations, the meeting will also include one or two keynote speakers, and time will be allotted for conducting AAHA business.

 

Please let Craig Fuller at aair@aviationarchaeology.com know if you are interested in presenting and what your topic will be. The deadline to commit to a presentation is February 28, 2011.


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I would like to clarify, the conference meeting days are Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st. For those who wish to fly in early, on Friday, April 29th, we will be doing a field trip to several crash sites in the Las Vegas area.


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Hi Craig,

May I suggest you see if you can get Tarus to speak on the US Navy stuff and maybe talk to Buddy Macon also.



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Good suggestions. I know NHHC and NMNA folks were invited to last year's meeting too, but could not make it.


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I think this will be a huge step for all concerned and hope to attend to finally meet many of you.  I think having an organization such as the AAHA will be useful for many reasons--not the least of which is to lend a greater sense of legitimacy which could open doors so to speak.  Having some accepted standards and processes such as those used by traditional archaeologists will also be a huge benefit.  I hope everyone seriously considers the opportunity here and provides input.

Question: what will the requirements/cost be for membership?

Thanks Guys,
Jim

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Hi I am trying to register for the 2011 Conference and I tried several variations on the "Brian Richardson" email address but none worked. Is there a better way to register for the conference?  Thanks

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It is confusing the way it is written. Brian Richardson is not part of the e-mail, his e-mail is:

aviator_b at msn.com

(replace the word “ at ” with @ before sending)


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Great thank you for teh quick response

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Hey Craig or Nick when you have a second could you email me at b25j@comcast.net

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Any details about the specific location of the conference and any suggestions as to where to stay that is close by?  (Did I miss this info somewhere???)
Thanks
-Jana

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We've had some concern that no one has posted on this page since Jan. 5. Actually, a lot is happening in the background. 

Would folks planning to attend please post on this page. Also, if you're looking to share a room, this is the place to make that connection.

Thanks, and I'll be there.
Nick

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Hello all - I am posting here for the first time - and (Animal House quote) "dam' glad to be in such august company!" I do plan to attend the Las Vegas event and here is what recently was informed by Brian Richardson:

"The cost per person is $58.00.  This includes snacks and refreshments for both (4/30 and 5/1) days.  If you want to accompany us out in the desert on Friday (4/29), to view a couple of crash sites, there is no additional cost. 
 
"Our preferred lodging is the Nellis Suites, situated right outside the gate we'll be accessing.  Single suites are $65.00, while double (two bedroom) suites are $85.00 per night.  This hotel is very nice and well appointed.  Call (702) 946-9999 and tell them you wish to book for the AAHA conference at this preferred rate.  If you know someone else attending, you may want to coordinate with them and see about sharing a double to reduce the per night cost to $42.50 each.
 
***Please make your check payable to:
 
NAIAA (or North American Institute of Aviation Archaeology)
727 Rodgers Circle
Platteville, CO 80651
 
*As soon as you know who (if anyone) will be accompanying you, please provide their full name and date of birth (along with your own).
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I'm planning on being up there.  I have a friend in town so don't need lodging.  However, since I did 16 years and went back to school instead of retiring I don't have base access.  I did F-16 FTD there in '82 then flew out of Nellis during my days in the 4450th in the late 80s.  I imagine the place has changed a bit.  I know the surrounding area has.

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Jennifer and I will be there (and leaving the kids with the grandparents!)
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