In preparation for the airshow, a few last minute improvements were made. Ollie (Dave Oliver) fabricated some “feet” for our stairway to stabilize it and keep it from sinking into the ground. It is also much easier to move around now.
Ollie is a clever guy. He designed, built, and mounted two new custom flag pole support brackets to the plane.
The flags were purchased from The Flag Store which is operated by the Veteran's Outreach Center in Rochester, NY. This purchase not only provided us with two high quality nylon flags, but supported our veterans as well. The Center advised us on flag protocol and asked us to supply them with a 8.5x11 photo of our plane with it's new flags. They will frame the photo and hang it behind the Flag Store counter. We will add HAG's name and website to it which will give us additional exposure to the public.
We believe the flags helped attract airshow visitors to our aircraft, and our donations increased as well. Long lines often formed with people anxious to get a peek inside.
Our big lady had plenty of company. Many visitors took refuge from the sun and heat under her wings.
Up until now, most of our costs have been minor discretionary spending on small items. Donations have enabled us to remain in the black. But now that is about to change. We are starting to get into bigger stuff and sat down with the HAG BOD (Board of Directors) to discuss our financial future. The result is that we are preparing a financial plan for the next year (up to the 2012 airshow) to present to the BOD. Among the things we are looking at are cargo ramps, white roof paint, Lexan Plexiglas for new flight deck windows, new cargo compartment floor, and the installation of electrical service from Swanson Hall to the aircraft. There are also several other items being considered ranging from instruments to stainless steel hardware. This list is flexible and will be adjusted as needed. Fundraising methods are already being discussed. Contact me or the office if you are able and willing to help with any of this.