CAF CEO BLOG
Nov. 30, 2013
Here is the latest fund raiser from the B-29 Squadron. This is what it looks like- as you can see, an impressive supersize calendar with photos from the past, stories and history along with fabulous recent photos from Scott Slocum. The base calendar is $50 and is signed by key members of the Squadron, but there are higher levels with other Recognition rewards. Go to their website to learn more. I liked them
Nov. 20, 2013
For the second straight day, the auditor has reported that we have received zero valid votes. I expect that he will recommend closing the vote and declaring the final outcome by the end of the week. Currently the vote still stands at 75.11% "For" the amendment to the Bylaws.
Nov. 18, 2013
I have gotten several calls asking about the status of the vote. Right now, the vote is very tight, with a 75.11% FOR the Amendment. However, a couple of legal votes did arrive today, postmarked by the Nov. 12 deadline. In holding with previous year’s elections, we will wait for two days of zero legal votes and then close the election.
November 4, 2013
I visited the Air Force Academy this past weekend for the Air Force v.
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August 14, 2013
Recently I received some additional question regarding the move. I will publish these in next weeks On The Fly, but wanted to put them out here right away. Steve
Q: Will there be a member dues or ANUAC increase to fund this move?
A: NO. There is no need to do so. In the past six years we have increased our fundraising and revenue generating activities, which will allow these two things to remain unchanged. Also, it is expected that the increase in business operations at the new locations will actually increase the bottom line for the CAF. (New and larger airshow, greater year round attendance and revenue generating activities)
Q: How much will this cost?
A: We are negotiating with the cities for economic incentives for us to move. These could include cash, facilities and other economic incentives. Since we don’t know what the final tally will be, it is hard to give you a figure. Also, depending upon what we receive from the final location – we will scale and phase the facilities accordingly. But, we have internal financial strength in the CAF Foundation and we will pursue fundraising aggressively with the local constituents and foundations in the new location. Having a large population to draw from in a city that wants us will aid our fundraising tremendously.
Q: Will there be debt that the membership will have to pay?
A: There may be some debt, but the membership will not be saddled with paying it. This is and has always been our challenge as a Management Team. We are committing, (as CAF members and groups of members have been doing for over 50 years!) to take down any debt required through fundraising and Headquarters business operations. Moreover, we will take on any construction (if needed) in a phased manner and raise the funds for each new phase; in order to keep any debt needed at a low level. This is NOT a new philosophy. Most every unit has taken on some debt when building a new hangar – and with a solid business plan we have seen these units successfully carry and pay off that debt. But to restate, no debt will funneled down or assessed to the membership to pay.
Q: Will there still be eight locations in the running by election time?
A: The General Staff are working diligently and believe they will reduce the Finalist Locations down at least once and possibly twice between now and the election. So, you will know even more information in the coming weeks. It is our plan that the envelope containing the ballot will also contain a booklet with all of the information that we have published, along with demographic and airport information on the finalist locations.
Q: What will happen to CAF units that are not Air Bases?
A: Units that are not designated Air Bases, continue to do what they have always done. We do not want everyone to be an Air Base, or even part of an Air Base. This is just another type of CAF unit: Detachments, Sponsor Groups, Squadrons, Wings…and now Air Bases.
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July 9, 2013
Ok I have finally done it- I am a REAL pilot now. I know you Warbird Divas don't consider tricycle gear airplanes to be the real deal and god forbid you even glance at a helicopter! So none of my experience counts, until now. As you can see from the photo, I am in a J-3 cub- Aaron Tippin's to be exact. Aaron flew me and now has proclaimed me ready for the check ride for my tail wheel endorsement; to occur shortly. So, I am on my way....
July 1, 2013
We have added another airplane to the CAF fleet and this one should really help out the Alaska Wing a lot, as they will be able to sell rides in it. This is reportedly one of the nicest BT 13’s in the country.(see story and photos below)
Congratulations to the Alaska Wing and to all of the CAF. I think that the continual improvement of our National image is leading to a changing perception about the CAF’s airplanes and how we care for and operate them. We should all keep in mind to point out to Warbird owners that we know, to consider donating or remembering the CAF in their estate planning, with regards to their airplane.
Good Morning Steve
I went to the Alaska Wing this weekend to receive the restored BT-13B donated by Howard “Mike” Hunt. Mike is the same man who donated the Alaska’s Wing Harvard in 2007 to start the unit.
They have been doing well with the Harvard, although it has been an issue not being able to get the airplane added to the exemption, so they could sell rides. The BT is standard category, so getting it added to the LOA for rides will be easy and was a factor in Mike’s decision to donate the airplane now.
One of the agreements we made with Mike was the “current” Harvard pilots could fly the BT without having to pay a sponsorship. To make this happen Mike donated about $13,000 to the aircraft account.
The “Donation Party” was the best we’ve ever had. The local NBC station was on hand to interview Mike and me during the signing of the paperwork for the transfer of registration. There was a big feast and all of the family and Wing pilots were there for the celebration. They had everyone sign a large picture of the airplane and will have it framed, before sending it to us for posterity.
Another neat thing was they had a large “Key to the BT-13” made and presented it with much ceremony.
It is a very nice airplane and the Wing is in great spirits!
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