Thursday, July 5, 2012

Atlantic City Airshow: Volunteers Needed

Next month, the annual Atlantic City Airshow is coming to town and organizers need volunteers to help out with the big day. 

 The event takes place on Friday, August 17th from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The “Thunder Over The Boardwalk” will bring out thousands of spectators to enjoy dazzling displays from the United States Airforce Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Golden Knights. A variety of volunteer positions are available.

Whether you’re a fan, a veteran or someone interested in helping out, volunteering has many benefits, says Ryan Watkins, who heads the Junior Chamber of Commerce for the Atlantic City area. She says “you get a front row seat to all the action. Because the event takes place on the beach, you have a great view of the planes doing their dazzling tricks.”

The schedule remains up to you, depending on what you can do. They have several spots still open. Watkins explains “usually we have about 120 people to help out. This year, so far, we have only about 75. There are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved. It’s an experience of a lifetime and many people remember it forever.”

To find out more or to register, e-mail or contact Elisa Monroe, director of Member Events for the Greater Atlantic City Chamber at 609-345-4524 extension 12 or e-mail

Along with performances and demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Golden Knights, past airshow demonstrations and flybys have included the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Air National Guard and civilian acts. A full list of performers and a schedule of events will be released at a later date.

For more information on the Atlantic City Airshow “Thunder over the Boardwalk,” visit

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Chief Executive Officer hopeful of REDjet’s return

St. John”s Antigua- The Chief Executive Officer of low-cost carrier REDjet is optimistic that the airline will return to the skies. Speaking on OBSERVER Am yesterday Ian Burns said the vision to bring affordable air transportation to the region remains very alive. 

“The spirit behind REDjet was the people of the Caribbean and that’s what we were doing; bringing something they wanted. Over the next coming months, that spirit of want and need will develop stronger and when that position is right, then REDjet will come back into the skies, but it may well be in another part of the Caribbean,” Burns said.   He continued that passenger numbers on the airline’s routes out of Guyana had surged by 80 per cent, while the Trinidad to Barbados route grew by 53 per cent.

“Any international expert in low cost carrying development would say that we have done well in the amount of passengers and revenues we got, which can be attributed to the fact that we brought in brand new distribution methods and the ability for people to buy tickets. The problem we faced was that the Barbados government, which is an investor in the airline and also the regulator, used its position to strangle the business and that has been a major problem,” he said.    
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Volunteers help rebuild Yankee Air Museum

Rebuilding the Yankee Air Museum has been a labor of love for the members of the Yankee Air Force. With only four paid employees, including Executive Director Kevin Walsh, much of the work is done by the volunteers who painstakingly restore aircraft, create a resource library and organize fundraisers to benefit the museum.

Volunteers have been busy rebuilding the museum after its collection of artifacts, memorabilia and several planes were destroyed in a 2004 fire that leveled the hangar it had called home. The historic wooden building had been used by Henry Ford to build B-24s during World War II.

Luckily, the heart of the museum's collection — the B-17, C-47 and B-25 aircraft — were moved out of the building by volunteers before the fire reached them. Those three planes are the only flyable aircraft in the museum collection and are going somewhere every weekend. Museum volunteers serve as their flight crews.

“I don't get paid, but I get to fly, it's one of the perks,” said volunteer Bob Catalano, who serves as the assistant manager of collections.

The fire was a setback for the museum, which didn't re-open until October 2010. Volunteers have been steadily adding displays and restoring aircraft. Many of its planes are leased from the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. However, one industrious group of volunteers is building a French SPAD XII World War I fighter from scratch. The plane will look as it did as part of 103d Aero Squadron in 1918, complete with the recognizable Hat in the Ring emblem.

Yankee Air Museum puts planes up for ‘adoption'

When Uncle Sam needed recruits in World War II, he pointed to the masses with his finger. Now that iconic finger is pointing again as the Yankee Air Museum looks for groups of people interested in “adopting” one of its airplanes.

It's a no-cost arrangement, and no need to worry about where to park the planes. They're on display at the museum and its air park on D Street at the Willow Run Airport.

Those who like their airplanes on the large size can consider adopting the museum's B-52 Stratofortress. Too big? No problem, the museum also has smaller planes like the Martin Canberra, F-4C McDonnell Phantom II and the UH-1H Bell Iroquois “Huey” helicopter available for adoption.

The only requirement is a commitment to clean the aircraft twice a year. The Yankee Air Museum will provide the supplies needed to take care of the airplane.

“We want the community to get involved,” said Bob Catalano, the assistant manager for collections. “We're looking for families, businesses, scout groups, veterans organizations, Civil Air Patrol, or ROTC groups to help clean the planes one day in the spring and one day in the fall, do painting as needed, and, as capable, do some minor repairs.”

Catalano got the idea from the museum at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base. The museum curator “has a nice program like this in place” and a waiting list for adoptive groups.

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