This story wasÂ originallyÂ posted on Jan 12, 2014 and re-posted with updated details on Feb 12, 2014.Â
Unite AvGeeks! This weekend is it – Aviation Geek Fest 2014 – and to say that we are excited is an understatement. Personally this will be my fifth AGF and I am more excited about this one versus any of the others (and the others were awesome).
A HUGE thanks to Sandy Ward & Toni Olson at theÂ Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour for organizing most of these great activities.Â
I wanted to share all the newest updates to help you prepare for the weekend.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15th: Paine Field Day
- Meet and greet at the Future of Flight at about Noon – follow the AGF14 signs. I will say a few welcoming words at about 12:30pm, we will get organized, and first tour starts at 1:00pm.
- All transportation to the activities will be provided, just get yourself to the Future of Flight & Boeing Tour.
- Take VIP Boeing factory floor tour
- Visit the new Everett Delivery Center (where Boeing delivers airliners to customers)
- Close and personal photos of aÂ Dreamlifter and the Operations Center
- Special access to interior cabin testing
- Food and prizes back at the Future of Flight starting at about 5:00pm
- After things wrap up, those who still want to talk aviation are invited to a VIP after party hosted by AirlineReporter inside the Presidential Suite at the Hilton Garden Inn.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16th: Boeing Field Day
- Can go to the Museum of FlightÂ starting at 10:00am, do NOT wait in the normal ticket line, by-pass the line and check in at the table by the elevators. Make sure you arrive by 12:30pm.
- We will have the View Lounge Â with coffee and WiFi and hang out from 10am to 12:30pm (follow the signs)
- Tour the Boeing 737 Factory in RentonÂ (transportation will be provided), will be leaving at 1pm and coming back at about 2:30pm
- Time to tour the Museum of Flight (50 lucky people will get access to the NASA Space Shuttle Trainer Crew Compartment)
- VIP tour of the airpark, including interior access to the first Boeing 747 (City of Everett) and the Lockheed Super ConstellationÂ (both not normally open to the public)
- Wrap up in the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery
Tickets went on sale at at 2pm PST on Wednesday, January 15thÂ and sold out in just three minutes. We ended up having some additional slots open up, but we know there were quite a few of you who wanted to join in and were not able to make it.
You must have a ticket to attend any of the events. There were 200 tickets available and everyone gets to do all the things listed above… well, almost. The first 50 people who registered will also get access to the Space Shuttle Trainer Crew Compartment and then 150 folks will have to be jealous.
There will be a few ticket options:
- Only Feb 15th: $30.00
- Only Feb 16th: $30.00
- Both Feb 15th & 16th: $50.00
- There will also be a nominal fee from EventBrite.com (the service we are using) on top of the ticket price
Tickets include access to all the above events, plusÂ free access to the Historic Flight Foundation, The Flying Heritage Collection and the Museum of Flight Restoration Center, all located at Paine Field.
WHERE TO STAY:
We have secured a special Aviation Geek Fest $89/night rate at the Hilton Garden Inn, located right at Paine Field (check out my review of them). Â This deal includes the room and breakfast for two. When booking a room use theÂ Reservation Code: AGF14.
For down south, when you might wantÂ to stay around SeaTac and Boeing Field, we have a new hotel partner you can book with. The Radisson Hotel Seattle Airport has provided us with a special rate of $109 (plus tax)/night and that includes breakfast and complimentary parking. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi. The hotel is located directly opposite SeaTac Airport, with a complimentary shuttle to and from the terminals and adjacent to the hotel is the Link light rail which connects directly into downtown for a small cost.Â To book it, visit the link above or call them at 206-244-6666 using Rate Code AGF14. The hotel rate is on a best available rate so the sooner you book in, the better!
If you are not familiar with the area, Future of Flight, at Paine Field, is located about 40 miles north of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). There is really no viable public transportation for getting up to Everett. The Museum of Flight, at Boeing Field (aka King County International Airport), is located about 5 miles north of SEA.
If you are not from Seattle, make good use of your visit here. Some things of interest:
If you have questions, please leave them in the comments, as others probably have similar ones to you and we can answer them there for you.
We are super excited about this year’s event (I think it will be the best so far). There will likely be a few other surprises for the group (we’re not 100% they will come through) but even as-is, this is going to rock. I cannot wait to hang around a bunch of AvGeeks for the weekend.
Chances are you are on social media, be sure to be following the following:
- Future of Flight:Â @FutureofFlight,Â Facebook
- Boeing:Â @BoeingAirplanes,Â Facebook
- AirlineReporter.com:Â @AirlineReporter,Â Facebook
- Museum of Flight:Â @MuseumofFlight,Â Facebook
- Flying Heritage Collection:Â @FlyingHeritage,Â Facebook
- Historic Flight Foundation:Â @HistoricFlight,Â Facebook