Q-talk 130 - Get Ready for the 18th Annual Tandem Wing Fly-in
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- Published: Wednesday, 23 December 2009 16:24
- Written by Doug Humble
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Sept. 26th thru 28th
I had an recent email from Spud saying that life had gotten in the way and he would not be able to host the Field of Dreams Fly-in this year at Emporia, KS. So, I looked at the map and thought Beatrice NE (42 miles due south of Lincoln NE) would be close enough for yours truly to host the event this year and the facilities looked like they would meet our needs. I emailed Kevin Boddicker and Paul Fisher and I picked the perfect day to have everyone fly to Beatrice and check the place out this past Sunday. Even Lynn French flew in to join us. We think it has the making for a great location to host a Tandem Wing Fly-in! Two wide and long runways and nearby hotels and eateries. We are still working out some of the details, but I thought you should know as soon as possible about the change in plans.
The DATES have changed as well. We have moved it up a weekend from the previously announced date to SEPT. 26, 27 and 28th. There was a local event the following weekend which would compete for hotel rooms.
Speaking of Hotels, there are three within a reasonable walking distance to the airport that we are recommending. The first choice is the NEW Victorian Inn (Not to be confused with the Victorian Inn in the same town!). Their number is (402) 228-8808. For our group they will give us a rate of $49.00 plus tax ($54.88 total) only if we say these magic words "Judy said to give us the airport rate of $49.00 plus tax". This rate is good for all flavors of rooms with two people in them. You can cancel up to 6 PM the night of your arrival. With this liberal cancellation policy, I would recommend reserving a room now if you are planning on attending. There web site address is: http://www.newvictorianinn.com/
If this hotel is full, our second recommendation is right next door at the Holiday Inn Express. The airport FBO says to ask for their airport rate, but there are no guarantees on a great deal like above.
Our third choice is the Econo Lodge which is near the entrance to the airport. Again, ask for the airport rate.
Camping will be allowed on the airport grounds also. Please check in with me when you get there for further camp site instructions.
Here is the airport web site: http://www.beatriceairport.com/
Here is the City of Beatrice web site: http://www.beatrice.ne.gov/
If you are flying commercially, you can fly into Lincoln NE, but you may find more favorable rates if you fly into Omaha, NE. It is about a 1.5 hour drive from Omaha Eppley Airport. Kansas City International airport is another option, but is a 3 hour drive away.
I-80 is the east-west Interstate highway and I-29 is the north-south Interstate highway that will bring you closest to Beatrice NE.
I have created the following web site for this event: http://tinyurl.com/6cc3gt
Or go to the QBA web site and click on Events.
FOD Fly-in Agenda
? Friday afternoon - Arrivals, greetings and general hanger flying
? Friday night - Pizza at the airport (And more hanger flying.)
? Friday night in the hotel lobby - still more hanger flying
? Saturday morning - assemble at the airport for orientation rides (negotiated directly with the pilots/owners)
? Group meetings (Q's and Dragonfly's)
? Saturday afternoon - Cowls off session (I'll show you mine if you show me yours!) Builder questions and answers - this is the place to SEE the answer!
? Morehanger flying
? Saturday night - group dinner at a local eatery
? Saturday night back to the hotel lobby for more hanger flying
? Sunday morning - re-assemble at the airport for last minute rides
? Sunday noon - All the good byes have been done and we all bug out!
? Sunday afternoon - send a note to the email list about what a great time you had!
See you there! Hawkeye
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