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Postby Wedgy » Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:03 am

Do any of you good people have any ideas for enlarging the membership a little further?

I'm certainly not going to pay for advertising, basically because we have no need to be that blatant and increase our membership by 1000s.

The free and easy options:

So far I have added us to a few aviation directories and we have some links to us on friends of forum members websites.

Personally, I have put a link and/or banner in my signature on 2 other forums I use and also posted a link on my facebook profile.

If anyone has any other ideas, or could help with a little spreading of the word (as I have done above), it would be very much appreciated :)




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Re: Swelling the membership?

Postby MadNaddy » Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:36 am

Will put it on facebook along with the other forum and email it out too :D
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Re: Swelling the membership?

Postby Hungry Haggis » Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:33 pm

Can someone remind me how to insert the iconic banner into emails or can you creat it as your signature
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Re: Swelling the membership?

Postby Dan4th » Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:20 pm

Wedgemeister::::::

I think the key is for all of us to target specific friends
that we know would be good additions and participators.
I've found us one already, and I'm working on two more,
both veteran military pilots. A good, solid 250 members
with 40% or so stopping by every day might be a good
target, but that might take some time...

Meanwhile, There's one Very Big BUT (...no offense, SM...)
The forum looks beautiful and it's been set-up in a very
intelligent way. The vast majority of the traffic, though,
is in the Fun and Games section with very little in the
actual Aircraft Threads. If people with an Aviation Addiction
come on to have a look, they will be needing something to
feed that need!

To everyone on here already, I say: Let's Get Back to AIRCRAFT!

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Re: Swelling the membership?

Postby Saracenman » Wed Dec 10, 2008 5:36 pm

agreed Danf.

when Wedgy and i first discussed the basic layout of the forum, SIMPLICITY was the key; a limited number of 'areas' - umbrellas under which sub-topics would easily fit. all other similar fora seemed to suffer the same problem - too many topics in too many areas, sometimes making it awkward to use.

perhaps the aviation topics are TOO simple, in that ALL aircraft ultimately fit into only two categories - military and civil. we did make the conscious decision to separate 558 though, as the majority of users would initially be those with a specific interest in 558, be she considered military or civil - hence the separate 558 'area'.

the 'fun and games' area seems to have evolved and, by default, certainly APPEARS larger than the pure-aviation area - this really needs to be addressed.

virtually ALL of we users are interested in aviation first and foremost, so i don't think it would be a problem to promote the core nature of this forum - we're not short of aviation knowledge or gossip!

so - any suggestions as to how to 'un-simplify' the aviation area? perhaps a new heading of "Historic Aircraft"? or a new area concerned with airfields? aircrew?

should we subdivide both the Military and Commercial areas each into Prop/Jet, thereby making 2 new areas?

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Re: Swelling the membership?

Postby Dan4th » Wed Dec 10, 2008 5:52 pm

Saracenman:

I think the aircraft sections are fine as they are for
the time being. The key is to see that they are
ACTIVE!

DAYS go by without any serious activity. Most of what
happens is on the Fun and Games area. Forumeers need
to bring what they have to the Aviation Area so that
folks have things to read, look at and make comments on!

If you belong and want to see success, then invest in this
shiney new forum and post stuff up, comment, etc.
An exciting forum full of life takes commitment on the part
of its membership!

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Re: Swelling the membership?

Postby Wedgy » Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:39 pm

Although they are fine as they are now ... they do need to be expanded a little to help facilitate the activity ;)

Anyway, back to the the main issue at hand .... communication and swelling of membership :D

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Re: Swelling the membership?

Postby Tom.com » Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:42 pm

selective chain letters? - if everyone on here gets 1 person and they get one person then we will quadruple in size
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Re: Swelling the membership?

Postby Wedgy » Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:52 pm

As per my first post, thats a little blatant ;)
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Re: Swelling the membership?

Postby Tom.com » Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:10 pm

but it is selective.

only send it to people who will join and not start being disruptive
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Re: Swelling the membership?

Postby Wedgy » Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:25 pm

Invite friends who are interested in Aviation by all means, but chain letters are a whole different thing.

I specifically emailed 2 friends (one was Pungent) who I knew might be interested ... the other is currently training (or may even be trained by now) to be an airline pilot.
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Re: Swelling the membership?

Postby Dan4th » Thu Dec 11, 2008 1:02 am

Tom.com......

I don't know exactly how to say this, but here goes!

We've been happy to have you on here despite your
age deficite. You are, after all, the Son of a Saint....

HOWEVER! Half a dozen 14-year-olds on this site is an
image that causes me to shudder. YOU can stay. Your
buds from school? Uh-Uh!!!!!!

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Re: Swelling the membership?

Postby RLN » Thu Dec 11, 2008 1:36 pm

Dan4th wrote:Tom.com......

I don't know exactly how to say this, but here goes!

We've been happy to have you on here despite your
age deficite. You are, after all, the Son of a Saint....

HOWEVER! Half a dozen 14-year-olds on this site is an
image that causes me to shudder. YOU can stay. Your
buds from school? Uh-Uh!!!!!!

Dan4th (whom you have never addressed directly...)


I have to agree with Dan4th. No disrespect intended Tom, but it may not be the type of forum for your friends even though I'm sure they are fine. However, you have to understand our reservations.
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Re: Swelling the membership?

Postby Saracenman » Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:51 pm

RLN wrote:...........However, you have to understand our reservations.


was it a table for two, 7.30pm at Château Napoleon? :D

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Re: Swelling the membership?

Postby RLN » Thu Dec 11, 2008 5:54 pm

You've just sweet talked me into it =))
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Re: Swelling the membership?

Postby Tom.com » Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:01 pm

Dan4th wrote:Tom.com......

I don't know exactly how to say this, but here goes!

We've been happy to have you on here despite your
age deficite. You are, after all, the Son of a Saint....

HOWEVER! Half a dozen 14-year-olds on this site is an
image that causes me to shudder. YOU can stay. Your
buds from school? Uh-Uh!!!!!!

Dan4th (whom you have never addressed directly...)


Sorry didn't want to give the wrong impression but none of my friends are slightly interested aviation, I wouldn't want to ruin this forum with a couple of kids that don't care although they wouldn't come on here that much anyway.

Wedgy: your friend that is in/has finished commercial pilot training, I don't suppose you could share how he raised the funds as that is my career goal.
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Re: Swelling the membership?

Postby RLN » Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:45 pm

http://www.oxfordaviation.net/

That is about the best place to start, Tom. My son wanted to fly. Was going to join RAF but his eyesight wasn't good enough so he was going to go to the above. When you delve into it, unless you get sponsored by an airline it costs about £80,000 for the whole 1st Officer course. They offer loans to cover it, but your Mam & Dad would have to put their house down as security. Eventually, my son decided he couldn't ask us to do that and so went to college instead. I respect his decision as it was his dream to be a pilot and I feel very disappointed for him. All I can say is save all your money up and try the free way first (RAF or Navy). I wish you all the luck for your dream.
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Re: Swelling the membership?

Postby Tom.com » Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:01 pm

RLN wrote:http://www.oxfordaviation.net/

That is about the best place to start, Tom. My son wanted to fly. Was going to join RAF but his eyesight wasn't good enough so he was going to go to the above. When you delve into it, unless you get sponsored by an airline it costs about £80,000 for the whole 1st Officer course. They offer loans to cover it, but your Mam & Dad would have to put their house down as security. Eventually, my son decided he couldn't ask us to do that and so went to college instead. I respect his decision as it was his dream to be a pilot and I feel very disappointed for him. All I can say is save all your money up and try the free way first (RAF or Navy). I wish you all the luck for your dream.


thanks RLN I would go the free way but I don't want to join the RAF or Navy. I know easyjet do sponsership but they take £10,000 off your pay every year if they train you and I'm not sure if they are going to last as they are a relitivly cheap airline.
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Re: Swelling the membership?

Postby Dan4th » Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:59 am

Thomas:::::::

You still have some time to line-up your ducks, but
I wouldn't rule-out talkin' with St. Nick and maybe
on paper playing everything out consequentially.

Don't you guys in UK have something called Air Cadets?
Here in USA we have the Civil Air Patrol. Many many
career pilots started out there and went on to great
things!

Why aren't you interested in the military route, Thomas?
RAF and USAF complain all the time how the airlines
STEAL all their best pilots!

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Re: Swelling the membership?

Postby Mayfly » Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:56 pm

ATC Tom is the way DT started out the first time he flew he knew he is wht he wanted to do....

the best pilot training in the world is military but it cost millions to train them [everything taken into account] & if you have no wish to serve in the forces Tom I believe it is quite wrong to take the training & leave to pursue a civil career, I know a lot do that but it is something we as a nation cannot afford & in a recession civil pilots are one of the first to lose their jobs.........

unfortunately what ever way you choose its expensive & sponsorship places are snapped up very quickly - the only way is civil flying clubs but I believe it is around £80 - £100 per hour & I'm not sure if that includes instruction or is just a/c hire, I wish you well Tom & hope you find a way without putting your dad in hock...........
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Re: Swelling the membership?

Postby Tom.com » Sat Dec 13, 2008 11:36 am

Thanks all I am already in the ATC and I have been for a year and a half now!
I know the route I have to take roughly it is just a case of getting the money to do it..
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Re: Swelling the membership?

Postby Tom.com » Sun Dec 21, 2008 6:14 pm

back to the topic - how about on flight sim multiplayer, when you host a session you put www.iconicaircraft.co.uk into the description box - the you are advertising and other members of this forum can join you.
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Re: Swelling the membership?

Postby Wedgy » Sun Dec 21, 2008 6:27 pm

Good idea, but been doing that for quite a while ;)

Always look out for a free flight game with that name ;) If there isnt one existing ... start one ;)
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Re: Swelling the membership?

Postby Tom.com » Sun Dec 21, 2008 6:57 pm

i had been putting it in the description as I'm doing it now
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