“Royal Treatment for BATW at Oakland International Airport” – by Robert W. Bone

By Robert W. Bone

Wedding? What wedding? The Saturday when much of the English-speaking world was enjoying coverage of the extravagant royal wedding in England, about 30 members of BATW were soaking up practical information at the Oakland International Airport.

The regular monthly meeting was in the glassed-in meeting room overlooking passengers checking in for flights on the floor below. The space is adjacent to the airport’s administration offices on the second floor of OAK’s Terminal One.

The breakfast meeting was coordinated by Keonnis Taylor, marketing director for the airport, and featured talks by Airport Director Bryant Francis and Brad Hawkins, representing Southwest Airlines.

They also heard from David Von Damm, Federal Security Director for the airport, who brought the group up to date on the latest airport security news.

Oakland Airport has been positioning itself as an increasingly viable alternative to SFO, the traditional aerial gateway to and from the Bay Area. Advocates point out that this lesser-known bayside airport is actually closer to the city of San Francisco than is SFO, San Francisco International.

Before the morning meeting ended, a special drawing for two non-stop premium round-trip tickets to Europe on Norwegian Air was awarded to Ed Walsh.

Following the meeting, many members took advantage of a special invitation to tour the nearby Oakland Aviation Museum. Several examples of retired aircraft were on display, including a large BOAC flying boat dating from the 1930s.

The Aviation Museum is gearing up for “Open Cockpit Day” on Sunday, June 17, at its location at 8252 Earhart Road in Oakland.

Note: Many thanks to Ruth Carlson, who coordinated this fabulous meeting.