Aviodrome Museum will re-open 28-april 2012
Posted 29 December 2011 - 07:37 AM
The Aviodrome, home of the Douglas DC2, closed its doors on December 23. The museum filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on November 8, 2011 and has been actively seeking financial sponsors. Yesterday the word came that no parties had been found and the museum was declared bankrupt. Although the search for funds continues, it will be difficult due to the poor economical climate. The employees of the museum are hopeful that a solution will be found. The worst case scenario is the auctioning off of the museum’s collection. Let's hope this will not happen because the museum houses very rare planes, some of them in flying condition, like the Lockheed 749 Constellation and the Douglas DC-2.”
Luchtvaartnieuws reports that 56 staff members will be terminated, with 36 on December 29, 2011 and the remaining 20 on January 9, 2012. Preparations are underway for the auction of the museum’s buildings and all equipment, which is expected to take six weeks. The DC-3’s of DDA Classic Airlines are not included in the bankruptcy and KLM plans on creating a foundation to care for the DC-2. No mention is made about the museum’s Constellation. With all the blood, sweat, tears and money expended on the restoration of this airplane and its 5,000 mile flight from Arizona to Holland, it would be a real shame if a new owner wasn’t found who can properly care for this historic aircraft. A new owner who gets her back flying again would be even better!
Today I received word from the foundation: 'Friends of the Aviodrome' ('Stichting Vriendenkring Aviodrome', in Dutch)
They are a seperate entity, not linked to the bankrupcy, which makes sure it's funds are spend on the upkeep of the museum collection.
Not only planes, but also numerous valuable historic items, photo's, books, etc.
Since the DC2 is a payware project, all proceeds were sent directly to the bank account of this 'Friends' foundation.
That way I knew the money was spent directly on the upkeep of the Douglas DC2, and not to pay staff wages etc.
At the moment they are working, together with the museum, to find a solution.
There is still light at the end of the tunnel, and we are working to get there.
In the near future, a fundraising will be started, to help in this effort.
So, by buying the DC2, you're helping the museum as well now.
I will keep you posted.
At least we still have a few photos..
Fokker S.12 prototype:
Fokker S.14 Machtrainer:
Fokker Spin (Spider; 1936 replica):
The DDA DC-3 and the Aviodrome's most famous aircraft, the DC-2 'uiver':
The Uiver and the Connie (Last airworthy short-nosed L749!):
The Schiphol (EHAM) 1928 terminal building replica:
And of course we can't forget the Fs Weekends held there each year in November:
Posted 29 December 2011 - 07:49 AM
ohno! This is bad news! I hope a solution is found for this great museum.
Posted 19 January 2012 - 09:04 AM
Can we donate somewhere? I've already bought the plane.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 05:59 AM
There's a facebook --> https://www.facebook...ngsforaviodrome (Please go like it, more info will be added soon) and webpage --> http://www.geefaviod...eervleugels.nl/
There will be an English site later, but here's the google translate version (so excuse the poor English )
I already discussed a donate button, let's hope they add it when the start with the public apeal.
"Collective" investigates various scenarios relaunch Aviodrome
Lelystad, January 18, 2012 - The Collective, 20 cooperating aviation organizations and individuals who are committed to the aviation collection from the aviation theme park Aviodrome after his failure to survive, is currently investigating several scenarios to let Aviodrome start again. This will soon be further discussed with the Libéma group, but also with other parties various options are discussed.
National Aviation Heritage
The Collective has experienced in recent weeks that there is broad support for the relaunch of the bankrupt Dutch aviation heritage collection. In the coming weeks, the Collective of these and other parties to continue seeking funding for the collection of historical aviation Aviodrome secure, including a national public action is considered. In cooperation with the major national cultural funds.
The Collective that the relaunch of the Aviodrome aims consists of various aviation organizations that deal with historical aviation, the city of Lelystad, enthusiastic and wealthy individuals and former employees of the Aviodrome. In consultation with the curator of the National Aviation Theme Park Aviodrome Collective remains to find a way to bankrupt the aviation theme park and the aviation museum in Lelystad new impetus.
Proud aviation history
Dutch aviation history exists in the collective of many famous and renowned national and international highlights. The spectacular flight of the "Uiver" to Australia, for example, made in a decade in which Fokker's largest aircraft factory in the world, where the KLM route to the Dutch East Indies, the longest line in the world and which Schiphol is one of the most modern airports Europe would be. All this, with the largest collection of historic Fokker aircraft worldwide, is part of the collection of Aviodrome. Alderman Fackeldey of Lelystad: "It can not have those proud national aviation history for the Netherlands is lost".
The Collective calls to anyone who can play a role in the relaunch. Organizations and individuals can contribute to the preservation of the national aviation collection of Aviodrome, are requested to contact the Collective. This can be done via email [email protected] . More information is available on the site www.geefaviodromeweervleugels.nl. On this site you can also enroll in future be kept informed.
Posted 21 January 2012 - 01:17 AM
I think JayKae once wasn't really happy about the PayPal fees and regulations, but I think it still is a good idea to implement such a thing and sort of promote it. The museum surely has its fans and the ones from the FS Weekends for example will likely recall the location and atmosphere.
Please keep us posted about updates.
Posted 22 April 2012 - 05:15 AM
I'm pleased to annonce the museum will open again next weekend.
A new investor saved the day. Some improvements will be made, so the venue will be even more attractive for the visitors.
Planes will be open and accessable, there will be a viewing terrace next to the boeing 747, overlooking the museum grounds and the airport, etc.
I'll be happy to report after my next visit.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 10:05 PM
Excellent news , sounds like some business person that will reshape things -"Some improvements " - for a more commercial set-up , which is good . Good luck !
Posted 09 May 2012 - 04:22 AM
Wow, that's nice news, Rob. Good luck with the improvements.
Secure those knobs and switches!
Posted 11 May 2012 - 07:49 AM
Tahnks guys, I'm glad everything worked out fine in the end.
That's my worry as well
Posted 23 May 2012 - 06:56 AM
I am so happy that this great part of our aeronautical history is in capable hands again. Live on the Aviodrome!!
Posted 26 May 2012 - 08:32 AM
Sean, maybe we can meet again during the next Flightsim weekend.
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