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Old Jan 27, 2012, 09:36 AM
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I have seen turnout dwindle every year for the last six years. Events like this are tuff to promote, setup and run. I kind of hate to see it move but bomber is more well known and may bring a bigger turnout.

I think it needs to be clear of 3D flying will be allowed or not. And I don't mean just the other side of the runway. I mean open field freestyle. I know many that didn't come the last couple of years because it is frowned on. I didn't bring any 3D planes last year. If that is the official position, that's ok. However, 3D keeps getting more popular and may explain the smaller turnout at BEST. At a mixed event, you really need two flightlines (or really good communication). For that, a big venue like NW Houston (close to bomber) field might be a good option. I do have SEFF for that.
Really, I cant believe this event is dwindling. Every time I go theres more and more people.

Its getting to be a long walk down that flight line to the foamie area.

I prefer it to stay at New Waverly. You will lose some attendance from the Dallas area I would expect.

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Old Jan 27, 2012, 01:50 PM
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I get the impression that atendance is down a little from 2-3 years agao, but not all that much. Still a big event in my book

Kirk, do you have attendance figures for the last few years you can share?
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Old Jan 27, 2012, 02:57 PM
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I get the impression that atendance is down a little from 2-3 years agao, but not all that much. Still a big event in my book

Kirk, do you have attendance figures for the last few years you can share?
attendance in the last few years has been in the mid 60's registered pilots.
I think the best we had was mid 70's
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Old Jan 27, 2012, 04:10 PM
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We haven't had the best weather during BEST the past two years either.
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Old Jan 29, 2012, 08:54 PM
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Old Jan 30, 2012, 10:41 PM
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Got the date for BEST yet?
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Old Jan 31, 2012, 09:41 AM
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Got the date for BEST yet?
not yet, our first club meeting of the year is this week, and i expect this thread to be the S$&# that hits the fan
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Old Jan 31, 2012, 12:17 PM
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Where and when is this meeting??!! I want to be there and watch the show!
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Old Jan 31, 2012, 01:03 PM
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Kirk, you're always welcome at NWRC!
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Old Feb 03, 2012, 09:13 PM
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Old Feb 04, 2012, 07:28 PM
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I'm good either way. As long as we have most of the usual crowd and a decent space to fly, I'm happy.

Maybe we can hedge our bets against the weather and book the Astrodome!

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Old Feb 06, 2012, 09:40 AM
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update...
it will be another month for a firm answer, but it looks like by the event time, Barnstormers will have a hard surface runway, along with the usual grass set-up, much like Bomber!!!
i think this will be the needed ticket for the event to grow, and get more acceptance.

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Awesome!!!!!
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Old Feb 06, 2012, 10:26 AM
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Barnstormers is getting a paved runway?? That sounds great. Kudos to the club. Are they planning to do it themselves or hire a company to install it? Keep us posted!

As always....looking forward to October!
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Old Feb 06, 2012, 01:34 PM
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Kirk, Glad you lived through the meeting. Good news on the runway!
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