Starting a Museum, # 1
Have you ever thought about starting a museum? Neither had I until one day I was having dinner with my friend Andy after a visit to the YVR Tower.
Andy has a Flight Simulator deal and flies people in real Flight Simulators. While we were discussing the ups and downs about his deal, the idea hit me like a ton of bricks.
"What about a Flight Simulation Museum"?. We discussed it during our dinner and I started doing some research on Simulator Museums. I only found one in Holland in the town of Someren and when I was in Europe soon after, I paid a visit to the Museum and you can read my blog here:
Visit to the Flight Simulation Museum in Someren Holland
After that experience I was even more determined and when I got back home to Canada I started planning the first steps in this long odyssey.
Here in BC you have to register a Society name and after a few refusals the name "North American Museum of Flight Simulation Society" was approved. We will be operating as "The North American Museum of Flight Simulation". (NAMFS)
The next step was to incorporate NAMFS and in order to do that you have to have a constitution and the by-laws governing the society. I very quickly got 4 directors willing to sign up as the first directors, I actually had 10 people who were interested.
For the initial directors I chose a Commercial Pilot, a person who works for one of the biggest simulator manufacturers in the world, A photographer, a graphic artist and myself.
When we are incorporated we will apply for charitable status with the Revenue Canada, so we can issue tax deductable receipts for donatons both in money and in kind.
When all is approved we will start on the task of getting support. We already have been promised some storage area for items that are donated before we have a home.
As for a home for the Museum we are looking at a couple of choices and have receved positive reaction from both places in question.
The museum will have a section about the history of flight simulation, a small auditorium for demonstrating the theory of flight, short movies etc. for students and other groups. We will have a section of flight simulators to use for student experiences.
We will have an assortment of flight simulators through the times with most of them working. Some will be cockpit sections, cockpit procedure trainers, link trainers, some will be full airline simulators.
We are planning a website that amongst other things will offer memberships in the Museum.The current board has tasked themselves with getting 100 members before our first AGM which will take place in September 2013.
Membership for the Museum will be around $ 15-25/year with a lifetime membership at $ 500.00 very god value for the younger members. We will eventually lock in the prices when we are ready to begun our membership drive.
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