Historic Aircrafts Grounded

$6,605 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 55 people in 14 months
Samantha Beattie
on behalf of Dannie & Bar Eisenhauer
 ERWINNA, PA
Our gem of a country airport, Van Sant, has been with us for decades.  And Bar and Dannie Eisenhauer, who run Bird of Paradise at Van Sant, are the good folks who run the FBO and give biplane and glider rides from its historic and beautiful grass field.   However, during this summer of 2017, President Trump is planning to use his Bedminster,, NJ golf club as his weekend home.  A special Temporary Flight Restriction will be activated on those weekends which means that no general aviation flying will be allowed in a 10-mile radius and no flying without a flight plan in a 10-30-mile radius.  So Bird of Paradise, who offers biplane rides and glider rides, mainly on weekends, will be shut down.  They can't file flight plans as their planes have no radios or transponders.  They are going to work hard to try to keep activity going with other weekend events, like kite flying competitions, taxi races, tethered balloons and, of course, their monthly dinner and movie nights.  They will continue to offer rides from Monday to Thursday.  However their ability to make a living is going to be seriously impacted. 

Please help them with a donation to this fund which will be used to literally help Bar and Dannie survive.  This support will mean that this valuable local resource can continue to operate for the benefit of all the bikers, car clubs, pilots, people who love the rides, dog walkers, photographers and everyone who values this slice of aviation history.

Thank you for donating and come out to visit us.  Visit the website -  http://vansantairport.com and signup for email notices so you know what is going on weekend to weekend.
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So grounded again August 3-20 while the President vacations in Bedminster NJ. While a couple of the biplanes have transponders and can file a flight plan to be able to leave the 30 mile perimter, our other planes and gliders are all grounded. Look for info about a kite flying day !
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Friday June 9 to Sunday June 11

Hi all, once again a TFR is in effect for a 30 mile radius of Bedminster NJ so that President Trump can stay and golf at his NJ club. Although it is correct that planes in the 10-30 mile radius can fly with ATC permission and a transponder, Bar and Dannie can't operate their biplane rides or glider rides or offer flight instruction, which seriously impacts their ability to make a living.

Please consider donating something to help out. They can't survive the time this administration has left in office while these restrictions go into effect most summer weekends.

Thank you!
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Hi there. Thanks to a Van Sant friend, we might be able to fly the biplanes during the TFRs as long as the flights are all outside the 30 mile limit. We need special permission to take off. This won't help the glider operations though, or any income from avgas sales . It's going to be a tough summer but we will succeed with a little help from our friends.
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Frank Bullit
12 months ago

7/2/17 Just did a breakfast motorcycle ride and we stop at Vansants on the way back .No biplanes, no gliders, no planes and no income for Birds of Paradise (Bar and Dannie). What a shame they put alot into Vansant airport park.

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Samantha Beattie
14 months ago

To Dave Harmon, Yes you are correct. And that is fine for pilots who want to leave the space. They can file a flight plan and get approval. However, the vintage biplanes and ride planes we have don't follow a strict A-B route but give scenic rides so a flight plan wouldn't work. And this doesn't work for the glider tows and rides either.

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Dave Harmon
14 months ago

VanSant is in the outer ring of the currentTFR you can file VFR flight plan and fly out of the airport not a big deal. If no radio use a portable , however you do need transponder, you should have any way.

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$6,605 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 55 people in 14 months
Created May 6, 2017
Samantha Beattie
on behalf of Dannie & Bar Eisenhauer
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$300
Anonymous
5 months ago
$20
Jim Thompson
6 months ago

This is so terrible and unfair to folks such as you who are just trying to stay in business and make a living. This rule is a bunch of crap!

BB
$100
BudMan Bauder
6 months ago

Thanks to Dannie and Bar for keeping it going.

ER
$100
Eddie Ruhl
6 months ago

Keep 'em flying!

$300
Anonymous
6 months ago
PL
$50
Philip LaRue
7 months ago

The frequency of the POTUS TFR's are way too many...Sure hope you can weather the next few years. I will encourage my friends at PGC to help.

$300
Anonymous
7 months ago
BJ
$250
Bill Jacobs
9 months ago

Sorry, my friends! I had no idea of the severity of the problems this past summer. I hope this can help out –– as you've been such a MAJOR help and gracious supporter of us! If only the powers-that-be could open their eyes and understand what a GEM they have in Van Sant Airport Park. Love ya...

Frank Bullit
12 months ago

7/2/17 Just did a breakfast motorcycle ride and we stop at Vansants on the way back .No biplanes, no gliders, no planes and no income for Birds of Paradise (Bar and Dannie). What a shame they put alot into Vansant airport park.

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Samantha Beattie
14 months ago

To Dave Harmon, Yes you are correct. And that is fine for pilots who want to leave the space. They can file a flight plan and get approval. However, the vintage biplanes and ride planes we have don't follow a strict A-B route but give scenic rides so a flight plan wouldn't work. And this doesn't work for the glider tows and rides either.

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Dave Harmon
14 months ago

VanSant is in the outer ring of the currentTFR you can file VFR flight plan and fly out of the airport not a big deal. If no radio use a portable , however you do need transponder, you should have any way.

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