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1987tc 09-20-2011 11:28 PM

Oklahoma Dust Bowl IV
 
Time to start thinking and planing for next year's event.
While this year is still fresh.
Suggestions and ideas welcome. Lets learn from this year and make next year even better!

crxmanpat 09-21-2011 01:19 AM

Wes,

As always, Nico Hobbies will be proud to support the Dust Bowl. Just let me know when to send prizes for next year! :D

1987tc 09-21-2011 01:21 AM

Thanks Pat! Much appreciated. I am hoping to have the date set with in a couple of weeks.

1987tc 09-23-2011 03:55 PM

Date suggestions
 
I am looking at a few of dates. I would like some feedback.
They are August 31st through September 1st
Or September 7th and 8th or lastly September 14th and 15th 2012
At this point I am leaning a little towards the 7th and 8th.
But could use help.
I want conflict with other events as little as possible.

Wes

1987tc 09-30-2011 02:23 AM

Date for Dust Bowl 4
 
At the request of the MS Society OBD IV will September 7th and 8th 2012.
They asked for this date to allow the maximum amount of their staff to attend and be a part of the event.

Trammellc2001 09-30-2011 03:50 AM

Oklahoma Dust Bowl IV
 
I am already looking forward to next year.

1987tc 12-25-2011 03:10 PM

I have to apologize. I have not been online for a while. My health has not been good. I will do my best to be on more.
OBD 4 is still a go.
Wes

1987tc 01-09-2012 04:32 PM

1 Attachment(s)
I just received in the mail my copy of the MSconnection newsletter.
On page 4 is an article about the event with pictures!
I will try and find a way to post a copy of the article as soon as I can.
Wes

surfer dude 01-15-2012 11:18 PM


Originally Posted by 1987tc (Post 836619)
At the request of the MS Society OBD IV will September 7th and 8th 2012.
They asked for this date to allow the maximum amount of their staff to attend and be a part of the event.

Unfortunatly, a lot of the Tulsa guys will not make it this year. Thats the same weekend as the Glue Dobbers War Bird event.
I counted 16 from the Tulsa area last year, you might get 5 this year.

lucas2696 01-16-2012 05:34 AM

I'll try to make it this year, if it does end up on the 7th and 8th it'll be right after my birthday! ;D
What's the event schedule look like? IMHO, I think there should be more open flying and fewer demos. If there's more than a one hour slot around noon for the spectators, I tend to think it's too much demoing and not enough flying.

1987tc 01-26-2012 01:04 AM

We are going to change the event dates. I talked to the MS Society.
The Bike MS event is set for Sept. 15 & 16, 2012 and they also said not labor day weekend.
So we need suggestions for a new date.
Wes

surfer dude 01-27-2012 06:13 PM

I would go with one of the next two weekends after the MS bike event. That way we get away from the heat of August, and the cold winds of late October.

lucas2696 01-28-2012 05:26 AM


Originally Posted by surfer dude (Post 854595)
I would go with one of the next two weekends after the MS bike event. That way we get away from the heat of August, and the cold winds of late October.

+1! :D

1987tc 05-10-2012 03:34 PM


Originally Posted by surfer dude (Post 852922)
Unfortunatly, a lot of the Tulsa guys will not make it this year. Thats the same weekend as the Glue Dobbers War Bird event.
I counted 16 from the Tulsa area last year, you might get 5 this year.

What date can we use and not lose those pilots?
I dont want to lose anyone if we can avoid it!

Also we are going to have a new food vendor. he is planning on serving 3 meals a day during the fly in.

Wes

1987tc 05-13-2012 03:46 AM

Ok if there are no objections Lets start OBD4 on September 22, 2012

1987tc 05-14-2012 05:58 PM

Would there be any interest in a possible lunch time demo by a full scale airplane? I have a possibility of either a Extra or Pitts being available for a short aerobatic routine. Nothing long. But before I pursue it. I want to be sure if it would be welcome or not?

1987tc 05-16-2012 06:32 AM

We should probably have a planning meeting soon.
There is a lot to be decided on.
Should we do t shirts again? For instance. Anyone have feed back on having a full scale aerobatic display at lunchtime?

surfer dude 05-19-2012 12:48 PM

I have talked to Wes about this, but wanted to let others know. I will not be able to help with the Dust Bowl this year, my work situation is kicking my butt. (too much wholesale) I guess I should be grateful to have the work. At this point, I'm not sure I will even make it to the event.
Any way, that being said, Wes will need some help with donations, PR, organizing, and planning the event.

The biggest job will be contacting R/C manufacturers, and Hobby shops, and asking for donations. I did this with just emails. About 300 shops. I contacted each shop 2-4 times over a 6 month period. Start with the list of advertisers in the back of the R/C magazines. All of them have a web site, and contact page.

Another job would be to contact R/C clubs in Oklahoma, and the surrounding states, to let them know about the event, and invite them to join us. I didn't do to well at this one, I only contacted about 10 clubs, but I did hand out flyers at two of the biggest events in our area, and posted flyers at the local hobby shops. Find clubs on the AMA site, and the club page on R/C forums.

Another job would be to seek donations from large corporations. Businesses like to donate to non profits like the MS. Why? Because it's PR fuel, it makes them look like a saint, and above all, it's tax deductible. A win win for them, and us. It helps if you know someone who works there, so they can serve as a contact person/ice breaker.

Another Job would be to contact the media, news papers, radio, and television stations. News loves charity events. Just have them to your local field, talk about the event, the cause, give them some flyers, let them take some pictures, or video of you flying. Who knows, they might even cover the event.

At the event Wes will need a few people to work, just a few hours of your time will help. Jobs. Ground clean up, Registration, Raffle sales, Running the Raffle, Field Marshall, Safety Officer, MC, Parking Organizer, Photographer.
Some of these jobs Wes my already have covered, but any help would be welcome.

A job everyone can do, is to talk it up. Mention the event in your R/C forums, at your flying sites, at your local hobby shops, post flyers. etc...

If you have the time please step up and help.
This is your event, make it a good one!

If I do make it to the event, I will help in any way I can. I wish I could do more.
Hope to see you there.
Brett

1987tc 05-31-2012 07:45 PM

First Planning meeting for fly in
 
Ok we need to get this going. There will be a meeting NEXT Saturday the 9th at the airport in Holdenvile.
If you would like to help in anyway shape or form please feel free to attend. Even if you have never posted in the fly in thread.

Any and all help is appreciated!
Wes

warningshot 06-03-2012 10:32 PM


Originally Posted by 1987tc (Post 871614)
Ok we need to get this going. There will be a meeting NEXT Saturday the 9th at the airport in Holdenvile.
If you would like to help in anyway shape or form please feel free to attend. Even if you have never posted in the fly in thread.

Any and all help is appreciated!
Wes

Meeting is Saturday at ??????

1987tc 06-03-2012 11:49 PM

About 3 pm. sorry.

warningshot 06-07-2012 01:14 AM

Meeting
 
Who all will be coming to the meeting this Saturday?

1987tc 06-07-2012 02:35 AM

Well... I will be there! I think some locals will be too.

1987tc 06-09-2012 03:06 PM

Just a quick reminder that today is the first planning meeting for the fly in!

surfer dude 06-10-2012 12:59 AM

How did the meeting go?

1987tc 06-10-2012 01:45 AM

It didn't. Larry ( warningshot) and I were they only ones who attended. :(

1987tc 06-12-2012 04:22 PM

I have been talking via email with Hobby King over the last few days. And they are planning to step up their part in the fly in. That is great news! They were a huge part of the fly in last year!
Wes

1987tc 06-12-2012 04:23 PM

contacts
 
Brett,
By any chance did you save the contacts you made last year about the fly in? And perhaps the email you used?
I want to make sure to touch base with them this year.
Wes

1987tc 06-14-2012 02:03 AM

I have been emailing with Toby at Hobby King about this years fly in. He stated they want to increase exposure and attendance of this years fly in. And want to again be the title sponsor. That is of course great news!
And with some of the new products I have seen on their site I am excited about what they might send! He also indicated they would have a presence at the event again this year.

So it bodes well for this years fly in.

And with the help of the other vendors we should have a bigger better event this year! I want to invite any and all vendors to participate in what ever way they are able to. ALL are very much appreciated. And will be acknowledged for their help.

It takes a lot of people and a lot of help to pull these things off.
Wes

1987tc 06-15-2012 05:40 PM

News from Hobby King
 
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crxmanpat 06-15-2012 07:41 PM

That sounds like good news Wes!

And just let me know when you want me to seend some stuff for the raffle. PM me the shipping details and I'll get them out. I have a show next weekend in LA and can get stuff out after that.

1987tc 06-15-2012 07:46 PM

Thanks Pat!
I want you to know that ALL donors and sponsors are highly valued and appreciated!
I will send you that pm in a moment.
Wes

surfer dude 06-15-2012 10:42 PM

That's great Wes!
You should see if Josh and Josh from Flight test will come. Those two guys crack me up. If you have not seen there video's, you should go check out their site.

1987tc 06-16-2012 04:52 PM

I have seen their videos. And they can be pretty funny!
Hey by any chance do you have a list or database of the people you contacted last year about the fly in? and maybe the letter you sent? It would be very helpful!

Wes

surfer dude 06-17-2012 02:31 PM


Originally Posted by 1987tc (Post 873354)
I have seen their videos. And they can be pretty funny!
Hey by any chance do you have a list or database of the people you contacted last year about the fly in? and maybe the letter you sent? It would be very helpful!

Wes

Wes, if you will send me your email address, I will send you what I've got.

I have three different letters that I sent out about 2 months apart to every vendor. I also have a letter that I sent out to clubs, and pilots, and also posted at the local hobby shops, and handed out at the Jumbo, war bird, and jet rally here in Tulsa before the Dust Bowl.

As far as a list of vendors, I have them in my favorite links, but I can't figure out how to copy, select, and send them to you. If I still have them in my email addresses I will send them, but I think I lost them.
To find the 250-300 vendors, I just started with the advertises listed in the back of the R/C magazines, then somewhere on WattFlyer I also found a list of vendors. Then you just go to their site, select contact info, then send them an email, or most of them had a dialog box you just copy and paste the letter into. It's a long and exhausting process, I bet I spent an hour or two a day on it, and it would take two weeks to send it to all of them. Then I did it two more times.

Send me your email, and I will send you what I've got

Brett

1987tc 06-17-2012 06:06 PM

[email protected]
I appreciate you sending what you have. And I really appreciate what you have done in the past for the fly in too.
Wes

1987tc 06-18-2012 09:19 PM

Hobby king is planning on starting to send things next week if possible. I will post what arrives as it gets here so it can be drooled over!

1987tc 06-20-2012 02:27 AM

A word to our wet power pilots.
 
The DustBowl fly in is NOT an electric only event. if it flies it is welcome!
We want people to have fun no matter what they fly! Just as long as you fly safely and responsibly we want you to come and fly!

If you are not comfortable flying with a lot of people around you can come and watch. But raffle tickets and stuff. A lot of people win prizes too. Your odds are good. MUCH better then the lottery! And remember you are helping find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis with your donations and purchases. And as anyone who has MS can tell you that is a very big deal!

Wes

1987tc 06-22-2012 09:26 PM

July Planning meeting
 
We will be holding a planning meeting at the airport. It will take place on July 14th ( Saturday) target time is about noon. We will be there sooner and staying later.
All interested parties are invited to attend. Shoot bring something to fly and make a day of it!

So if you are interested in finding out more about the fly in. Either as a participant or helping out. Please head to the airport in Holdenville, Oklahoma on July 14th!

Wes

1987tc 06-23-2012 01:44 AM

rescheduled it till the 28th of July same time.


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