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Flying High During Aviation Geek Fest Seattle 2015

One of the AGF15 groups on the 747-8 factory floor - Photo: Boeing

One of the AGF15 groups on the 747-8 factory floor – Photo: Boeing

It has been a while since we celebrated Aviation Geek Fest Seattle 2015 back in February, but I am still feeling the excitement. What an amazing two-day AvGeek event that was held here, in Seattle, WA on February 21 and 22.

This year, all 250 “Full” tickets sold out in less than 30 seconds. Less than 30% of the guests were from Washington state and the rest came from around the world. We had AvGeeks from Austria, Denmark, the UK, Dubai, India and, of course, our friends up north from Canada. It was a blast!

- Photo: AvGeek Joe

Paine Field is beyond beautiful – Photo: AvGeek Joe

For those of you not familiar with Aviation Geek Fest Seattle, it is a two-day event, where attendees get to have amazing aviation experiences with VIP access. This was our sixth time doing this, and I think the best one yet.

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Airways Brewing Company Proudly Reveals #AvGeek Beer

The label for the new #AvGeek beer from Airways Brewery

The amazing label for the new #AvGeek beer from Airways Brewery

I like planes. I like craft beer. I like being an #AvGeek. Let’s combine them all!

Airways Brewing Company and AirlineReporter are very excited to announce the new #AvGeek beer! It is a Hoppy Pale Ale and one of the coolest parts? It is using “experimental hop 727.” Who doesn’t love a 727, either being the tri-holed airliner or a hop?

No, this is not a paid advertisement. No, I am not getting any kickbacks here. Yes, I should say that I have been able to enjoy some of this beer. But when something this cool comes along, from a few good people, we surely want to share!

Yes. That is a Boeing 747 nose cone on the wall. It actually came from the Evergreen 747 that is currently on top of the Evergreen Museum (and is now a waterslide) - Photo: David Parker Brown

Need #AvGeek credentials? That is a Boeing 747 radome (nose cone) on the wall in the brewery. It actually came from the Evergreen 747 that is currently on top of the Evergreen Museum – Photo: David Parker Brown | AirlineReporter

I met the brewery owners, Alex and Dione, a while back — actually at a different brewery. I fell in love with the concept of an airline-themed brewery and we became fast friends. During our discussion, they asked if I liked the idea of an #AvGeek-themed beer. Um, yes please!

They have been working hard to get it ready, and if you are going to Aviation Geek Fest; good news! It’s going to be served at the AvGeek Social on Saturday night (there are still Mini Tickets for sale, where you get to attend the social).

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Get All Your Aviation Geek Fest 2015 Updated Info Here

AGF15

We are excited to experience Aviation Geek Fest 2015 (AGF15) on February 21 and 22 in Seattle. We all VERY much appreciate your patience with getting you information and putting the tickets up for sale.

The Full AGF15 tickets sold out in about 30 seconds — crazy. All this point, there are not additional tickets (Full or Mini) for sale.

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Additional Details for Aviation Geek Fest 2015 + Ticket Sale Date

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UPDATE Jan 21st: Tickets will go on sale at 4:00pm PST on Monday January 26, 2015. We are set to release more details on Thursday, January 22nd on the final schedule, what tickets will be offered and how the two dates will be organized. 

UPDATE Jan 22nd: A new page has been created with much more detail about the event. Most has been removed from this page. 

Thank you all so much for patiently waiting on details for Aviation Geek Fest 2015 (#AGF15), taking place in Seattle, WA on February 21st and 22nd. Believe me, there have been many people working behind the scenes (yay Future of Flight) to make this year’s event amazing and a little different — I am really excited.  We just hit some snags, which delayed our timeline, but the wait will be worthwhile.

What is Aviation Geek Fest? It is a two-day aviation extravaganza that let’s you get access to things that the general public cannot. Check out our schedule last year for AGF14 and then check out the story covering what happened during the event.

I know many of you are anxious about getting your tickets and they will be on sale soon. Of course there are still some unanswered questions, but this is what we can share so far:

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Our Top Favorites of 2014 – AirlineReporter Yearly Review

Some of the fun I had this year

Some of the fun had this year

A new year always gives us a chance to step back and see what we enjoyed in the previous year, how much we have grown and changed, and what we look forward to in the new year.

I have to say that I am so proud of what our team has been able to do in 2014. We have become a true team of dedicated folks who love to share our passion for aviation and airlines. We also love how the AirlineReporter family has grown (that includes you, amazing readers). We have been given bigger and better opportunities and we couldn’t do it without our readers supporting what we do!

Let’s take a look at our numbers. We had our best month ever in 2014, with hitting a half-million visitors in a month. Man, I remembered how excited I was when we got 5,000. We also surpassed 50,000 Twitter followers and are getting close to 55,000. We have over 6.3 million views on our Flickr page, 2.2 million views of our YouTube videos, over 3,400 Facebook fans, and we recently started our Instagram account (and could use a bit more love there).

Many miles flown by our team to cover stories - Image: gcmap.com

Many miles flown by our team to cover stories – Image: gcmap.com

Our team flew over 360,000 miles in 2014, which is about 30,000 miles more than 2013. We once again didn’t make it to Africa (we did in 2012), so that is a big goal for us in 2015. Since the site was started in 2009, we have flown over 921,600 miles. That means that in early 2015, we should hit the 1 million mile mark, which is very exciting (if anyone cares, we flew about 91,000 miles in 2012; 81,000 in 2011; 50,000 in 2010; and only 5,000 in 2009).

So let’s take a look at some of the highlights of this past year…

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