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Wine, Wings & More at the Future of Flight – June 19th

A previous Wine, Wings & More - Photo: Future of Flight

A previous Wine, Wings & More – Photo: Future of Flight

If you are into indulging yourself, going to be around the Seattle area on June 19th, and like aviation, then the Future of Flight’s Wine, Wings & More might be plane (yes, cheesy spelling on purpose) fun for you! The details:

WHEN: Friday, June 19th from 6:00 to 9:00pm
WHERE: Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour
HOW: Get your early bird tickets by May 19th ($35 or $25 for members) or standard tickets after May 20th ($45, $35 for members)
WHAT: See below…

Enjoy local wines - Photo: Future of Flight

Enjoy local wines – Photo: Future of Flight

  • Taste some of the Northwest’s finest beverages, with 20+ wineries, and several breweries, distilleries, and non-alcoholic beverage distributors
  • Lavish, catered foods
  • Jazz melodies from the Kerry Wallingford Quartet
  • Tasting-related silent auction items
  • Photo ops with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Also, proceeds will benefit the Future of Flight Foundation’s education and exhibit programs. We hope to see you there!

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Growlers in the Pattern: EA-18s Practice Carrier Touch-and-Goes

An EA-18G Growler from VAQ-129 climbs out of NOLF Coupeville in Full Afterburner

An EA-18G Growler from VAQ-129 climbs out of OLF Coupeville in full afterburner

Picture this: the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and yellow dandelions are beginning to bloom in the green grass.  Sounds pretty good, right?  As AvGeeks, what could make this better?  Well, how about the sound of jets?  Not just any jets but fast moving jets, the kind that are flown by the U.S. Navy.

Interested?  You might want to head about 90 minutes northwest of Seattle and check out the NOLF (aka OLF) Coupeville. I recently got to experience all of the above, and more, and figured I should share what I experienced.

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For the Birds: Wildlife Management at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

One of 2 Avian radars located at SeaTac.  This one in a ditch at SeaTac adjacent to the third runway.

One of two avian radars located at SEA. This one is in a ditch adjacent to the third runway.

Have you ever looked up in the sky, seen a hawk or eagle soaring, and admired the beauty? Although exciting, the birds can cause major problems for aviation.

The “Miracle on the Hudson” is a prime example of why birds and aircraft do not mix.  But what do airports do to ensure that our journeys, from one airport to the next, are safe? I recently took a tour of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and saw what their wildlife management team was doing to keep both airplanes and birds safe.

A snowy owl is captured at SEA, then released in the upper part of Washington State, near Bellingham - Photos: SEA

A Snowy Owl is captured at SEA, then released in the upper part of Washington state, near Bellingham – Photo: SEA

SEA has been a leader in wildlife management since the 1970s, when they were the first airport to hire a dedicated wildlife biologist onto their staff.  At the moment, Steve Osmek runs the wildlife program at the airport and has done so for a number of years.  Previously coming from the USDA and NOAA, he gets to combine his love of animals and an interest in aviation into on job.  It was Steve who took me around the airport and introduced me to a number of ways that the airport is helping to mitigate bird strikes.

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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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