Yesterday we were at the Hot August Flights in Salem. A few month back we were asked to provide helicopter rides at this event and we said yes.
The night before I packed all the equipment we needed in the car. This included our tent, table, signs and other things like the credit card equipment. I was not planning on flying our Robinson R44 down to Salem. I left this task up to Sandy and Alan who wanted to help out loading and unloading passengers.
Part of the ground crew and I arrived at 7:30am at the airport and started to set up our booth space. Once we were done we had a little time left over before the helicopter arrived. So we decided to get some breakfast which was provided by the Flight Deck Restaurant. While we had our pancakes, sausages, ham and eggs, we saw a couple friends arriving in their airplanes.
Once the helicopter arrived we headed over to our booth, cleaned the helicopter and set everything up for the first customers.
The day started a little slow, so we walked over during a few quiet minutes and checked out the awesome cars, airplanes and helicopters that were on display on the field. Some were really nice vintage cars and they looked like they just came out of the showroom.
The overcast sky cleared up and customers lined up. At the end it turned out to be a pretty busy day.
Thank you Salem for having us. We had a great time and we’re looking forward to coming back!