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UPDATE Jan 5, 2015: I know many of you are anxious and waiting for the tickets. We are too. We have hit some snags in finalizing the schedule, which we need to do before we can sell the tickets. Do not worry AGF15 is still happening on Feb 21 and 22. We are hoping to have the scheduling done SOON, give you all a heads up on when the tickets will go on sale and then sell them. They will be first come, first serve, with a wait-list after they are sold. Thank you for your support and patience. – David

We heard the feedback from many of you! Aviation Geek Fest Seattle 2015 will NOT be over the Valentine’s Day weekend (also Presidents Day weekend). AGF15 will be held on February 21st and 22nd, 2015 in Seattle.

I know you want more details, but at this time, that is all that we have. In the next few months, we will be working hard with the Future of Flight, Museum of Flight, and Boeing to come up some great AvGeek adventures. There will be some things that look familiar and hopefully some new things as well.

If you have not already done so, please sign up for the AGF email list. Any updates will be sent via that list and posted on AirlineReporter.

A group of AvGeeks in front of a Boeing 747-8I - Photo: The Boeing Company

A group of AvGeeks in front of a Boeing 747-8I – Photo: The Boeing Company

I know, I know, you all want details, but we just don’t have them yet — but soon. If you have ideas in what you want to see for Aviation Geek Fest 2015, then feel free to leave them in the comments, but no promises.

Likely tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis, as they have been in previous years. They sold out in about 3 minutes last year — they are in high demand.

What is Aviation Geek Fest? Oh man… hold on to your boots — it is a two-day aviation adventure of epic proportions. See what we have done in the past:

Thanks everyone for your amazing support with this event and we cannot wait to see you in February!

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & FOUNDER - SEATTLE, WA. David has written, consulted, and presented on multiple topics relating to airlines and travel since 2008. He has been quoted and written for a number of news organizations, including BBC, CNN, NBC News, Bloomberg, and others. He is passionate about sharing the complexities, the benefits, and the fun stuff of the airline business. Email me: [email protected]

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39 Comments

Wow, just wow. I can’t believe there have already been 5, and that I’ve missed them all. We must rectify this.

Mark of OKC

Congrats David, I’m sure 2015 will be another success. Does Alaska Airlines know of your “little” get together? Surely they would be somewhat interested I hope.

Alaska is aware. They were nice enough to provide us with two free tickets last year in our giveaways and hope they can take more of an active role for this year.

David

Daniel B

That is a great weekend. Can’t wait! It’s going to be really hard to top last year. But something with Alaska Airlines would be cool. Or maybe a tour of Boeing Field and the hangars there. Driving by all the 787-9 on I-5 everyday makes you want to get up close and personal.

I agree, it will be hard to top last year. I think we will try to match it with a few new things.

David

How do we register interest in attending this event? Please share! Thanks! 😊

The best thing to do is to add yourself to the AGF email list: http://www.airlinereporter.com/agf15.html

Although tickets have not been figured out, in previous years we had a date and time they would go on sale and when they were sold out, they were sold out.

However because of changes and cancellations we were able to admit almost everyone on the wait list.

David

I would love to have people here suggest ideas for what they’d love to see at AGF15. Here’s a quick list I came up with that people can add. I’ll narrow separate it by day’s at Boeing Field(Seattle) and Paine Field(Everett). Emphasis on NEW things to do.

Boeing Field
1. Bus ride to Alaska Air HQ to check out their flight simulators and where their flight attendants train.
2. A behind the scenes tour of Sea-Tac Airport.
3. Tour the brand new Boeing 737 sales office in Renton
4. Organize a LEGO themed aerospace exhibit.

Paine Field
1. Take a tour on the Boeing Perimeter Road to the north of Boeing Campus to check out the stress center.
2. Check out the hangar on the south part of Paine Field where Boeing is doing re-work on the early batches of 787-8’s.
3. An aviation themed game show held at the Hilton Hotel after we’re done with the pizza feed/prizes? Have aviation geeks test their knowledge against others.
4. Somehow offer quick morning aircraft rides before the main events begin.

If you like these ideas or you have some ideas for other events, please share!
I’ll be running my Aviation Geek Breakfast again at a restaurant in the area of Paine Field. Would love to see someone set up one for Seattle.

Mark of OKC

For those who will be going to this event and get there before Thursday, you can arrange your own tour of Boeing Field via…. http://www.kingcounty.gov/transportation/kcdot/Airport/Tours.aspx
They do tours Tuesday and Thursday with two weeks notice. Highly recommend doing this if a special tour is not happening with AvGeek2015. David, I hope you don’t mind me sharing this.

The 2015 Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show will also be held February 21-22 in Puyallup, WA.
http://www.washington-aviation.org/NACoverview.html

That’s alot of aviation events going on in three counties that weekend in the area.

bill wallace

Oh no. I want to make this too! Wish they weren’t scheduled at same time.

Shams Shaik

It might be possible if we try it:
Take the Geeks along on one of those 787-9 test flights at Paine Field
Oh Man!!

The last few years we have been trying just to get our group on a new Boeing plane (a flight would be nearly impossible). There is so much that gets in the way logistically that we have not been able to make it happen. Hoping maybe this year, but realistically I know it likely can’t happen :(.

David

jetdillo

Just being able to stand inside (flight or not) would be an awesome, awesome treat.
You guys did such an awesome job w/ AGF14 last year. I’ve not been able to stop thinking about that weekend every time I get on one of UA’s new 737s 🙂

Michael Restivo

I would like to see a tour of sone kind at Alaska Airlines. Whether it’s Sea-Tac ops, headquarters or maintenance. I too also like the idea of Sea-Tac Airport.

I know Alaska and Sea-Tac are interested in working with us with AGF15. If we are able to do something with them, it would likely not be everyone, but people will have to pick and choose what they would like to do.

David

Eileen Wood

Can’t wait for AGF15 after going to my first last year. I would like to suggest a breakout group or early morning group about aircraft photography. It’s such a big part of spotting and some of us could really use some “tricks of the trade”. David and Crew does SUCH a good job on this event!!!

The photo class might be a good idea. I know Historic Flight hosts them sometime — something worth asking.

David

Andrew Francis

Hey David… I am a airplane geek and a pilot for Alaska Airlines. Hoping that I can get in on agf15. Let me know if i can be of help getting Alaska on the program for agf15… Andrew

Thomas O'Hair

Ideas:
1) I would like to be able to get some coffee at day break and walk the runway at Paine Field. Maybe have a photographer up in a cherry picker take a nice group shot of everybody standing on the touchdown zone markings.
2) I would love to see an engine run-up on a test stand.
That’s all I can think of.
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jetdillo

SEA tour would be awesome 🙂 There’s definitely a vote for that here 🙂
+1 for a “Better photography for plane-geeks” type thing.
+1 for Alaska tour too.
I’ll probably catch first flight from SF Friday morning, although now you’ve got me thinking about making that Thursday. 🙂

I would very much like to attend, but if the tickets sell out in 3 minutes again it’s unlikely I will get a chance. Are there any options or alternate activities for those not lucky enough to get tickets?

A few ideas:

a) SeaTac tour would be nice
b) A chance for a 787 or 737 flight sim would be nicer
c) A chance to see a P-8A built would be sweet
d) Let’s also see about getting discounted helitours of Paine Field…
e) I’d be willing to teach what I do very simply and easily for the price of free at FofF.
f) Let’s also have a group ISIS flag burning…
g) Can we please also have EA-18G participation?

Sorry but I had to stop at EA-18G!

This event is for people and their passion for airlines & aviation…if you want to burn flags, spread propaganda, and advocate personal politics, I suggest you do that elsewhere. Otherwise, let’s create an atmosphere where ALL who share the passion of the airlines are welcome…. no matter what religion they practice.

jetdillo

+1
Let’s just keep this to airplanes please.

bill wallace

+1 for flight simulator idea

I hope I can get a ticket to this one!

When do you start selling tickets? How much?

Any chance to get alert on email before selling started?

I have booked myself for the dates all the way from DXB. I just hope tickets do not run out, that will be just so bad. Is it possible to have a quota of tickets reserved for overseas visitors?

Really looking forward to this, starting to count down the days, book tix,etc.
Mrs. Jetdillo will be joining us this year and is really looking forward to it.

Any further thoughts about when the schedule will be firmed up enough to talk about David ?
Is there an “official” hotel we should look at booking into ?
Thanks!

Since the dates are firmed up and it’s just up the coast for us, we went ahead and booked our flights.
We’ll be getting in Friday morning, just in time to zip up to Paine and geek out Friday afternoon.
I figure we’ll take care of the hotel(s?) later once the schedule has been firmed up.

Good idea with the hotels. We normally are able to get a special rate at the Hilton Garden Inn right there at Paine Field for AGF participants!

David, AirlineReporter

David, is there anything we as attendees of AGF15 can do to make your job easier for planning the upcoming festivities?

have people outside usa some priority on some tickets purshase…

I too have a similar concern and have tried to get a response albeit without success. I hope David sees our concern and allows a quota for non US participants.

Jetdillo

I’m guessing that David is hard at work trying to nail down last minute details.
I remember last year(wow!, has been, already!?!?!?) finding out about AGF around mid-January. Hopefully we don’t have to wait too much longer for details.

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