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BAC Fest 2006 Update

Planning for BAC Fest 2006 is almost complete. We are looking forward to a week of fun and excitement. The place to be is KBEC, The dates are August 16-20.

We should have online registration available soon but until that time here is a list of some of the events we have planned for BAC Fest 2006 along with Hotel information. Thursday August 17:

Tour of the Wichita Class C Control Tower (numbers will be limited)

Presentation by Wichita FSS along with a tour of their facilities

Presentation and Tour by Bevan Rabell (aircraft repair station including instrument repair, panel replacements, airplane maintenance) They are going to try and get some demonstrations together of autopilots, weather instruments etc.

Maintenance Clinic (details being worked out)

BBQ dinner

Friday August 18

Tour of the Raytheon Plant

Presentation and tour of Raytheon Flight Safety

Presentation of BAC to Alaska

Safety Presentation

Vendor displays including:

Power Flow will have their Sundowner there with the Powerflow Exhaust System and wheel pants.

AEC will display their donuts and other mouse parts.

BAC Annual Meeting and Dinner Friday Evening

Saturday will be a day to be on your own and enjoy some of the things that Wichita has to offer. That Morning, Powerflow will be flying their Sundowner. Vendors will still be available for orders More time to view AEC exhibit. The Beaumont hotel is just a short jaunt away, this snip taken from the Be a Pilot website – Places Pilots know.

Land on Beaumont’s adjacent grass airfield and taxi the plane right into town! Then pull up to the Beaumont Hotel, a pilot favorite for decades. It’s open again.

This is the place for a real fly-in breakfast or lunch!

Beaumont is a real Kansas Flint Hills “tank town,” testament to which is the AT&SF water tank still standing from the day when The Santa Fe’s steam engines needed to re-water every 100 miles.

It’s just a half-hour or so east of Wichita

When we have the reservation site available there will be more information on car rental for those who want to rent a car while they are here.

Our Host Hotel for this event is the Wichita Mariott. They have given us some great rates for our event. Normal corporate rates are $144 – $154 per night. We have negotiated a special rate of $86 per night for either single or double room. Hotel reservations need to be made separate from the online reservations for the event. Reservations can be made over the phone or online now at:

1-800-610-0673 the best time to call is between 8 AM and 7PM Central time. If you are routed to the National Mariott Reservation Center, which shouldn’t happen between these hours but might, tell them that you need to talk to someone on premises to make sure you get the good rate.

The better way to register is online at www.mariott.com/ictwe . Select the dates and enter the group code BACBACA to receive the discounted room rate.

Registration fees for BAC Fest 2006 are listed below and include everything mentioned above including the Friday Night Dinner.

For reservations received before August 1, 2006 – $25.00 for BAC members and any one else coming in that member’s plane.

The cost for non BAC members and for BAC Members registering after August 1 will be $40.00.

Watch your e-mail and the website for further updates.

If you have questions send me an e-mail at dbuttram@aol.com and I will try and answer them.

Dave Buttram

North Central Regional Director

BAC Fest 2006 Coordinator

Thank you for adding to the resources available for your Fellow BAC Members.