SimAirline.net Farewell Event Planning
Posted: 01 Jun 2010, 02:19
Email I just sent. You can still express your interest by filling out the form on the website.
Thank you for your interest in coming to SimAirline.net’s farewell event later this summer. At this moment we have about a dozen people that have formally said they would like to come. Based on the information I’ve received back from you, I’d like to propose the following plan for the event. Seeing that most of us are users of the SimAirline.net Message Boards, it would be great if you could reply with your thoughts in this topic. For those of you that aren’t users, please feel free to reply to me directly and I will post on your behalf. Of course, if you have any concerns, you may always share them with me privately.
Below is the proposed itinerary based on feedback so far. I’ll explain the reasoning for this itinerary later.
Friday, 13 August
Arrive at your leisure
Convention – closes at 10p
Saturday, 14 August
Delta Facilities Tour – tentative
Aircraft spotting – airport TBD (likely afternoon for international arrivals)
Farewell Dinner – location TBD
Free time TBD
Sunday, 15 August
USS Intrepid Museum – tentative
Free time in the City
Depart for home at your leisure
Hotel Location: 5-1 in favor of New Jersey. I think this is probably wise; we will realistically not find anything decent for a good price in Manhattan, we can get a rate at the convention hotel (Hilton) for $99/night plus tax per room, and Manhattan connections take just 20 minutes by train. There is a hotel shuttle to EWR. We must book by July 15 to get this rate though. At the moment we are looking at needing six hotel rooms.
Events For Sure
Group Dinner: 9 of 10 interested. Anyone have suggestions on a good venue?
Convention: 8 of 10 interested. Having gone to the convention three times before, I think having several hours on Friday (or your free time on Thursday/Saturday) will be plenty.
Plane Spotting: 8 of 10 interested. Any locals that have advice? Online resources are at http://nycaviation.com/new-york-area-spotting-guides/, http://www.stevesairshow.com/spotting-jfk.html, http://www.aircraftspotting.net/airports/JFK.php, http://www.stevesairshow.com/spotting-lga.html, http://www.stevesairshow.com/spotting-ewr.html
Delta Facilities Tour: 8 of 10 interested. I will contact my colleagues at JFK and LaGuardia to see what they can do for us. I presume JFK would be the preference?
USS Intrepid Museum: 5 of 10 interested. In Manhattan, there is a British Airways Concorde. http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/
Cradle of Aviation Museum: 5 of 10 interested. 30-minute train + 10-minute cab ride outside of Manhattan. http://www.cradleofaviation.org/
Manhattan Tour: 5 of 10 interested
Helicopter Tour: 4 of 10 interested. $140-300 per person, roughly $10/minute. We can arrange this if people like, but the price might scare the 5 interested away. What do you think? http://www.manhattanhelicoptertours.com/, http://www.libertyhelicopter.com/, http://www.heliny.com/