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    Orbiting Earth Heading to Pluto sjcote's Avatar
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    BACFest 2011

    The Iroquois and Mohawk peoples tell of when the Great Spirit reached down and ran his fingers through the land that pleased him most. Those great gouges filled with clear water and became The Finger Lakes. If upstate New York was good enough for the Great Spirit, it should do wonderfully for BAC!

    BACFest 2011 will be held in Ithaca, NY on Sept 29th - Oct 1.

    Our Annual Business Meeting and International confab will be based at the Clarion University Executive Conference Center on 1 Sheraton Dr, Ithaca.

    The hotel is just about a mile from Ithaca Thompkins Airport (KITH) which will be our aerial hub.

    There, we will be hosted by Taughannock Aviation.

    What is there to do in the "Frozen Northeast"?? Well, 'taint yet frozen then! In fact we expect to still have much of that glorious foliage color for which the Northeast is famous. And Upstate New York is an entirely different planet from New York City. They call it the Empire State and each section is unique and exciting.

    Ithaca is, of course, home to Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Empire State College. You know that college towns can be lively places. And there in Ithaca ("High above Cayuga's waters...") there is a view to match.

    For those of you who are pondering attending AOPA's Summit in Hartford (Sept 22-24), may I suggest that you crown your vacation time with an aviation fix at both ends. Go to Hartford and enjoy the glitz and pomp of AOPA. Then, on the way home, come on up to BACFest and reestablish where your aviation roots really are...among us mere mortals who are privileged to drive Mice! It's a lazy hour and half flight between the two, over some of the most spectacular scenery in the east.

    More to come as we develop things. Including program notes as we lock them in, and reservation info at the Clarion and for BACFest itself. But pencil in...naww scratch that...use a PEN to mark off that last weekend in September for BACFEST 2011!

    Be there! Aloha
    Last edited by Clinderman; 04-16-2011 at 01:42 PM. Reason: correct BACFest spelling

    Steve Cote
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    Sundowner N-1958L

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    Thanks for the update. Glad to see things are starting to come together. Can you tell us if there will be a visit to the Penn Yan Aero engine facility?

    Keep up the good work!
    All for one!
    Chris Linderman
    BAC Founding Member & former President
    Sierra N5106M (former owner)
    KSUN (Hailey, ID)

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    Orbiting Earth Heading to Pluto sjcote's Avatar
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    I am going to talk to those mechanically inclined folks about it. But it may be a "pre-event" option.
    Even though it is only a half hour flight over the lake and ridge, it is an hour and half drive each way. This would mess up Friday's schedule and on Thursday, arrivals may be a little fatigued.
    But we shall see. Interest? Let me know!

    Steve Cote
    BAC Founding Member
    Sundowner N-1958L

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    BAC couldn't of picked a better spot than the Finger Lakes region for the annual get together. Deep and long lakes surrounded by multiple vineyards which have great views of the different lakes. Watkins Glen Raceway is nearby...about 20 miles. What a view when you get to the top of the hill where the track is.

    A good place to eat...if you have time, is the "CABIN" in Watkins Glen. There are a lot of waterfalls in the Ithaca and Watkins Glen area. A word of caution...if your driving make sure your brakes are in good shape. You go up and then you go down...up and down...up and down. I asked the DPW guys in Ithaca how often they have to change their brakes... They said every three months...then they said, did you ever notice how many brake shops their were in Ithaca?

    See ya there.
    Last edited by Clinderman; 04-18-2011 at 02:18 PM. Reason: correct typos

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    Hmmm...A good place to eat, change that to the restaurant at Senaca Lodge, Watkins Glen. Also a good local Brew...Ithaca Ale "apricot wheat". Don`t mine if I do.

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