Fellow Beech Aero Club (BAC) members,
BACFest 2021 is fast approaching and the excitement is building. This year’s event will be in Tullahoma, TN and is being held in conjunction with the Beech Heritage Museum Beech Party 2021.
We have a great program planned for you and I’m sure given the lockdown of 2020 that a lot of people will want to get out and stretch their wings. There are more details and important information at the bottom of this post so please read everything.
Dates: 13-17 October, 2021
Location: Bechcraft Heritage Museum
Activities prior to BACFest 2021:-
There will be an opportunity for those who wish to go hiking in the Smokey Mountains or to ride the Tail of the Dragon on motorcycle to do so.
The plan is to arrive in Pigeon Forge on Tuesday, 12 October, Check in to the hotel, rent bikes and have a group dinner that night.
On Wednesday, 13 October those that wish to would go hiking and biking in Pidgeon Forge and then have the option of heading to Tullahoma or Staying overnight to Fly-in to Tullahoma on Thursday morning.
For those who don’t want to hike and bike, they can go directly to Tullahoma on Wednesday, 13 October, check in to their hotel in Tullahoma, and later that afternoon participate in the Meet & Greet at the Beech Heritage Museum.
Thursday, 14 October:- BACFest 2021 officially begins. The plan is to Fly-in to the Museum, en masse, to mark the Start of BACFest 2021.
Event passes will be handed out and you will have an opportunity to explore the museum and what it has to offer at your leisure.
There will be a Seminar on Formation Flying 101 conducted by the “Air Boss” of Beech Party 2021, Rick Siegried.
Lunch will be catered at the Museum and then it will be off to the Cascade Hollow Distillery to see how the famous George Dickle Whisky is made.
Back at the BHM hanger, there will be a BAC Social Hour, followed by a catered “Blue Grass Dinner” that evening at the home of the Parish Family.
Friday, 15 October:- we will start the morning with a “Mouse Meet” & “Maintenance” seminar out on the ramp area where we can meet each other and talk about our airplanes.
This will be followed by a presentation on the “History of the Beech Heritage Museum” and a “Mouse Safety” seminar to round out the morning.
Lunch will be catered at the Museum and then it will be time for our Annual General Meeting to start the afternoon.
This will be followed by a BAC personally guided tour of the entire Beechcraft Heritage Museum and all it’s aviation jewels, a wine tasting sponsored by the Beech Aero Club and then off to the BAC Annual Dinner and Awards Banquet at the Whisky Trail BBQ & Steakhouse which has been reserved for just our group.
Saturday 16 October:- The morning opens with a Fly-out/Drive-out Breakfast to KRZR Cleveland Regional Jetport.
The Museum Members AGM is next for those who are Beechcraft Heritage Museum members, or lifetime members.
The ladies, our Beech Babes, will be having a seminar on Right Seat Flying, both activities followed by a catered lunch at the museum.
After lunch it is off to Lynchburg to explore, shop or taste at your leisure and pleasure. The Jack Daniels Distillery, the Lynchburg Distillery and Winery and the Lynchburg HD dealership are all in walking distance of the Lynchburg town square. Lots of shops to explore and much history in this town.
We are hoping to have a presentation by Mr. Jack Braly on the Plight of the Baby Beeches, followed by the “Celebrating America” Dinner hosted by Textron in the Chianchette Hanger.
It is expected that our beloved “3Z” will be rededicated to the museum during this dinner and she will be sporting her new colours as she will be painted in “original livery” just like she rolled off the assembly line leading up to BACFest 2021.
The evening will end off with a BAC Sponsored Outdoor movie featuring “Planes”.
Sunday 17 October:- Sunday morning will consist of a Departure Breakfast and many goodbyes till we meet again.
Looking forward to this years BACFest 2021 with great anticipation. It’s going to be a good one!
Who needs to register for BACFest 2021? Everyone!
I know that there are a number of you who registered for BACFest 2020 and Paid. If that is you, then I need you to register again for BACFest 2021. Use the promo code BACFEST2020 and hit the Apply button. That way when you get to the PayPal page you will not be charged again for this year.
If you registered for BACFest 2020 and did not pay, there are 8 of you that did that, then I need you to register again for BACFest 2021 and pay using the normal PayPal or Cheque options.
If you have booked a room and have not registered or paid for BACFest 2021, then I need you to do that as soon as possible.
I have been fielding a number of questions regarding what happens in terms of the pandemic, especially from our International members. Should the event not take place, or if you cannot attend because of COVID-19 border or international travel restrictions, the Beech Aero Club will be happy to refund your registration.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to get your registration submitted as soon as possible. The meal and event plan for the entire week hinges on the number of registrants that we have and I don’t want anyone to go hungry. Also, unless you are camping, you do not have to contact or register with the museum. Everything is covered under your BACFest 2021 registration. I just ask that you complete the registration questionnaire as completely as possible so that you have everything booked. Thank-you.
Register Now! Register for BACFest 2021
BACFest 2021 Hotels
Due to the overwhelming number of people registering for BACFest 2021, we have already filled our quota of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express Inn & Suites. Not to worry, there is plenty of room still at the Hampton Inn & Suites, just south of, and only a two minute walk from the Holiday Inn.
Right now the best way to book at the Hampton Inn is by online booking at their “direct” website. If you are a Hilton Honours member, login and use your membership discounts. If you are a senior, a AAA member, or an AARP member be sure to select that special rate to ensure that you do not pay full daily rate.
Thank-you to all who have registered so far. This is shaping up to be the best BACFest ever!