The Flying Hamburger Social

Bringing Aviators Together

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If you are in a state where the social is hosted, or in a state that doesn't have a social, We would love to have you host a social! By starting a social in a State not presently hosting socials, we will add it to this website. Help spread the word by Contact your other local airports to start hosting socials as well! The social is only successful if you have other pilots at other airports participating either by flying in or by hosting.

We are looking for airports to host a social for 2018. We would like this to become a NATION Wide Event. If you have an airport and a group of people that would be willing to help you arrange and put on an event in 2018, we would be happy to have you aboard. The 2018 season in the Midwest will be from June 1st, 2018 until August 31st, 2018. If you live in another part of the US and would like to host a social that is more conductive to when people fly for the time of year, let us know.

“Does your airport have a Flying Hamburger Social scheduled this summer? If not, message us and we will tell you how you can organize one and give you some pointers. We will help you promote it. When your airport has fun, your surrounding airports have fun too. These aren't supposed to be work for anybody. If it is, you're doing it wrong. These aren't supposed to cost your airport any money. If it does, your doing it wrong. The event lasts about two hours from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Pilots like to fly in the evening. Everyone wants to eat supper (or dinner). Put the two together and this is what you get. Get in on the fun!” - John Chmiel

Here are some helpful SUGGESTIONS for the Social.

You have to have an airport. I know this sounds silly, but we want the airport involved with this.

Bathroom Facilities. We have between 40 and 120 plus people coming to this event. You need to have some place for them to go.

Hangar or Tent, If the weather is good and you want to have it outdoors, by all means go ahead. Having it in the hangar is also helpful especially if the weather turns bad.

Some socials have about 40 people show up. Some have over 100 people show up. I recommend for a first time, plan for 40 and have someone available if you have to make a run for additional supplies. 

Access to Tables, Chairs and Grills. So far 8 to 15 tables and enough chairs for those tables seems to work. Don't forget you need probably an additional 2 to 4 tables for food. One to Two Grills seems to work best.

Tables - Generally 8 to 15 work
Chairs - Typically Eight per table
Plates - Enough for 40 to 150 People
Spoons Knives and Forks - It always seems like there is never enough of these to go around. Make sure you have enough for 40 - 150 people. Plan about 200 for the forks. I don’t know why but forks always seem to go quickly.
Napkins - Enough for 40 - 150 people
Tables for food - at least two
Soda / water - Enough for 40 - 150 people
Garbage - 3 to 5 with liners is always helpful

Hamburgers are the main staple, however this is entirely up to you how you want to have your own social. If you want to have different food available, you certainly can.

An example of a simple easy social is: hamburgers, buns, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, perhaps a salad, chips and something to drink.

You can make your social your social to be what ever you want. If you want extra food like deserts, pasta salads, cookies, pork, pizza or whatever comes to your imagination. Just keep in mind how much costs you have involved and the more extravagant you make it the less likely you will be able to recoup your costs.

The costs for this are FREE, but donation containers are expected to be out on the food tables and in most cases the airports or groups putting on the social are recovering their complete costs if they have kept their social simple. If you make it more extravagant, you may not recoup your complete costs.

We have found if you can keep it around the $200 mark for expenses, typically you can recover your costs. Again if you want to have a more extravagant set-up, it is entirely up to you. Just keep in mind that you may not be able to recover your complete costs if you do.

Don’t be afraid to ask your local pilots for help setting up and or bringing a dish to pass.

Finally, have someone take PICTURES! It doesn’t have to be a fancy camera, phone pictures work also. Send those pictures to Jeff at his email below and he will post them on the Facebook page so everyone can see what a fun time you had.

We need your help to spread the news about this great event. The marketing is all done by volunteers. This website, the poster designs, emails are all donated. The time put into this website, poster designs email are all done by volunteers who take their extra time and contribute it to this great cause.

1. We will send out notices to pilots through our email list. There is a weekly email that will be generated to all the pilots on the list, telling where the socials and fly-ins are for the week.

2. We will post the Social events on this website and our corresponding Facebook Page We hope you have signed up on Facebook and help us spread the word by sharing our posts on your page.

3. If you have any posters of upcoming events at your airport, send them to Jeff's email and we will post them on the Facebook page and corresponding state page.

4. And this is the most important. It is imperative that you contact your local pilots at your airport when you are going to host a social so that they know what you are doing. This provides them the opportunity to come out and participate either as an someone who eats the food, someone who provides the food, someone with an interest in aviation. In order for the socials to work, you need to contact your local pilots.

We appreciate any help you can provide letting other pilots know about the Flying Hamburger Social.

You can help us immensely by sharing your photos on the Friends of the Flying Hamburger social Facebook Group. This is a separate group from our Facebook Page.

If anyone gets hounded by your local Health Inspector, please let us know, There is really no reason for this. The socials are not for profit events. Donation containers are acceptable at the event. DO NOT CHARGE, THIS IS A DONATION ONLY EVENT. This is a pilot appreciation party. It would be no different if a pilot decided to grill out some food out of their hangar and invite a few other pilot friends over.

Any additional questions, please feel free to contact us.

I would like to stress that this is very much a weather dependent event. If the weather is IFR or extreme heat, we have noticed a decline in participation. At the very least, hype it up with your local airport patrons so at least they turn out for the event!

These suggestions are not valid for Safety / Socials - More Information on those coming later.

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