Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome: Changes, Discontent...

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Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome: Changes In The Air...

Last week's arrest of a longtime volunteer at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, charged with the theft of an artifact that he says was given to him 20 years ago, is just the latest episode in what has been a rocky year for the nonprofit organization. The Aerodrome, a popular attraction in upstate New York, features weekend air shows with vintage aircraft (WWI era), a museum, and airplane rides. Early last year, a new executive director was hired, but stayed less than 90 days. "That just didn't work out," Jim Kick, the president of the board of directors, told AVweb last week. Also, some longtime staffers were fired at the end of the last season, and recently, several board members have resigned, reportedly due to differences over the future of the organization. The Aerodrome needed to make some changes, Kick said. "Change is inevitable. Some people accept change, and some don't." The recent changes at the Aerodrome are all positive ones, he said: "We're looking to be more efficient, and more responsive to the needs of our collection and our customers."