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Been a while.... 
Greetings Everyone,

It’s been a long time between posts, so we thought we’d give you an update. Yes, the mystery ship AKA Turbine Toucan is alive and VERY well. As we’ve mentioned in the past, the economy has been very unstable, forcing us to lay low and reserve cash flow. We are very confident a partner/title sponsor is just around the corner. We have literally been working our tails off with that endeavor.

Infinity Entertainment has been very busy with other brand related activities but our heart and sole is wrapped tightly with the success of the Turbine Toucan. We continue to believe air shows are hands down the best, untapped opportunity in existence. And we have the continuing data to support it!

We continue to work on innovations related to the aircraft and both it’s performance and the entertainment aspects making sure when we do come out of the nest, it will have been worth the wait. More to follow.


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Dave Morss and the Turbine Toucan 
Greetings Everyone,
We wanted to point out a great article on teammate and test pilot Dave Morss. It's a great read, especially for anyone ready for their first flight. Go Dave!!

http://www.sportaviationonline.org/spor ... pg=34#pg32




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Happy Holidays! 
From the entire Turbine Toucan Team, Happy Holidays!!

Our thoughts go out to the Finer family, our thoughts and prayers are with you this Christmas.

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ROBERT MEYER FINER AKA: BOB "SNAPPER" FINER (1953 - 2010) 




It is with extreme sadness that I share the news that our very close friend Bob Finer lost his life on the 17th of November in a tragic accident.

He was involved in a training mission with the Dept. of Defense (DOD) training special op's men for war out of Avon Park, Florida. On the 17th they were performing a night mission and were returning back to base. Bob called in at 2045 that he was four miles out, but never returned. The plane was found at 0115. There were three men on the aircraft Bob was the pilot and two other men who were operating the surveillance equipment, there were no survivors.

NTSB is investigating and at this time it is believed there was an in-flight break-up, the right outboard part of the wing was found a little less than a 1/4 of a mile for the wreckage.

Bob has been flying since 1975. Most recently he flew the single-pilot, twin turbine, Grumman S-2T as an aerial firefighter pilot in California. As a carrier-qualified Marine Corps jet aviator, he has flown many hours at low level conducting close air support, armed-reconnaissance and forward air control.

During assignment at the Marine Corps Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron (MAWTS) he instructed advanced air-to-air and air-to-ground tactics. Additionally, he instructed air-to-air combat maneuvering in the Advanced Strike Syllabus to fellow naval aviators. Bob held a variety of leadership positions during twenty years on active duty in the Marines, serving both as an infantry officer and naval aviator flying the A-4M, A-4E, TA-4J/F, OV-10A and OV-10D before retiring as a Lt. Colonel.

Bob was closely involved with the Turbine Toucan project and was a personal mentor. His highly contagious, upbeat attitude and incredible discipline for safety made him a perfect fit for our little circle. Once in a lifetime do you meet someone like Bob, who has had a profound effect on my life. You will be missed is simply an understatement.

Our heart-felt condolences go out to Bob’s wife Dena and four children in Boise Idaho.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicoe ... =146843162


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It's official! 
Greetings Folks,
It is official, the Turbine Toucan by FSD International has been released! After a few months of development and beta testing, you can now experience what it's like to fly the Turbine Toucan.

This is very exciting news and we are so proud to be a part of the overall development of it. Please check out http://www.fsd-international.com/ to purchase your very own copy.

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Turbine Toucan Sim in Beta Testing Now! 
Greet News,
The Turbine Toucan Simulator on Microsoft's Flight Simulator X is currently in Beta and doing very well. All sorts of parameters have been added and should be an absolute hoot to fly.

FSD International is doing a great job, we are very please with what we have seen so far.

We'll keep you posted on a release date, which should be by the end of the month.




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Turbine Toucan Screenshots from Microsoft Flight Simulator X 




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Turbine Toucan Goes Virtual!!! 
Infinity Entertainment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


THE WORLD’S FIRST EVER HOVERING BIPLANE GOES VIRTUAL

The Turbine Toucan takes flight Virtually


SAN CARLOS, California – October 1, 2010 – Infinity Entertainment Inc. and FSD-International join forces to bring the Turbine Toucan, the highest performance biplane in history, to the virtual world.

The Turbine Toucan represents the highest thrust to weight ratio aircraft in the world today, including any current jet fighter in the U.S. arsenal. At a ratio of 1.65:1, The Turbine Toucan can not only hover but also accelerate vertically. The record breaking performance demonstrated by the Turbine Toucan will open the world to aerobatic maneuvers never performed or witnessed before.

“What makes taking the Turbine Toucan virtual so exciting is it gives people the opportunity to be inventive and create maneuvers that have never been performed before. Instead of emulating what has been done in the real world, Microsoft Flight Sim pilots have the opportunity to break boundaries and be creatively expressive in the process” says Infinity Entertainment CEO David Kervinen.

Founded in 1992, Infinity Entertainment Inc. is a multi-faceted Entertainment and Event Marketing Company dedicated to providing highly differentiated, ROI driven, world-class experiences. Our management consists of innovative, best-of-breed creatives who have years of hands-on experience managing, positioning, developing and executing awareness for some of the world's leading brands.

Also founded in 1992, FSD International, Inc. is one of the first developers of add-ons in the Microsoft Flight Simulator online community of hobbyists. Beginning with version 4 of Flight Simulator, the developers of FSD have been creating premium quality aircraft, accurate flight models, cockpits, aircraft systems and scenery for almost 20 years now. The mission of FSD has always been to provide the highest quality add-ons, introducing cutting edge technology on many occasions over the years, yet provide these products at a reasonable price. FSD also has a reputation of not only supporting its customers, but also, in updating products with improvements and forward compatibility for new versions of Flight Simulator when they come along. FSD has always been very accessible to its customers and is very responsive to its customers in terms of product improvements and new product development.


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Welcome True-Course Aviation Insurance Services!! 

Greetings,

We’d like to take this time to introduce our latest sponsor True-Course Aviation Insurance Services. These guys are a class act! They service airlines, FBO’s as well as private aircraft owners. Check them out if you get the chance at www.true-course.com! We are excited to have them onboard!

Well, we have had one very busy stretch over the past six months. We’ve provided brand strategy and development for two of the Internet’s most successful games, Farmville and Mafia Wars. Both games are developed by Zynga, a San Francisco based company. As we wrap up that work, we are starting to work on even more exciting opportunities with a few household brands.

Over the weekend we had the wonderful honor of hosting the crew of Aluminum Overcast, EAA’s B-17G which is campaigned all over the USA. They drove all the way to KSQL to see and visit with the Turbine Toucan team members, a great day it was. If you get the chance to fly with them, I would HIGHLY recommend it, this opportunity won’t be around forever and it’s a wonderful experience.

Now that the our workload is no longer at full capacity, we will continue to actively develop our marketing communication packaging for the Turbine Toucan for the 2011 season. We’re now in the midst of setting up more sales meetings with CMO’s now that we have turned the corner economically speaking.

Thanks for visiting and sorry for the radio silence this past few months, we had been REALLY busy.


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Infinity Entertainment Continues to Stay Busy Despite Sponsorship Challenges  
Greetings All,

Been way to long since our last post. We’ve been working on developing brand work for Zynga here in San Francisco. The marketing communication arm of our company has been doing extremely well and is busy as heck. This continues to bolster our enthusiasm that the market conditions are slowly improving! I think we have a ways to go before experiential marketing makes any kind of sustainable return.

I am encouraged to see a few articles about sponsorship marketing and titles such as “ROI or DIE” . This is something that we’ve been preaching for some time and something that most in the air show world have little to NO clue about. There are a handful of folks that do “get it” but a majority have little to no marketing background to make any such required claim to get any substantial deals.

As for the Turbine Toucan, it continues to do very well and we are looking at a few commercial deals which might get us some fantastic exposure without letting to much out of the bag regarding its aerobatic potential.

At some point we’d like to share what Ken Erickson and Sean Tucker are up to these days, really exciting stuff which I think you’d all be interested in hearing. I’ll have to see if he’d be willing to share with all of us.

Can’t wait to share the work we’ve been doing, it should be going public fairly soon and another huge launch in June!

Thanks again for visiting and your continued support!


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Happy Holidays from Infinity Entertainment & Team Turbine Toucan 
Greetings and Happy Holidays!

We continue to be swamped with work, mostly in the marketing and brand arena the past few months. Working with Chiat|Day has been a real pleasure.

For all you facebook fanatics, we have been doing a great deal of work for a company called Zynga. If you are not familiar with them I will give you a hint, the have 5 of the top 9 applications on facebook. Still don’t know them? OK, have you heard of Farmville and Mafia Wars? Zynga is the company behind the most successful online games in history, and they have done it in very short order!

Infinity Entertainment continues to have the pleasure of working with some of the brightest, most talented people in Silicon Valley. I have never seen such a concentration of talent in my many years in the valley. This is the company to watch!

As the market continues to generate positive momentum (though slow), we are very encouraged about the opportunities to partner up with the right company for the Turbine Toucan.

Ken Erickson remains VERY busy with Sean Tucker and team as the team is now readying for the 2010 airshow season.

Everyone at Infinity Entertainment wishes you all the very best this Holiday Season!


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Staying Busy.... 
Greetings,

Infinity Entertainment has been busy working on a host of projects for our core clientele the past few months. We are excited to be working with Chiat|Day on an upcoming project. For those of you who are not familiar with Chiat|Day, they are the agency of record for Apple Computers, Sony Playstation, Nissan, Absolut Vodka and Visa just to name a few. World-Class creative we might add!

Though we have worked with many agencies over the years, we have never worked with Chiat|Day, so it should be a fun experience. As soon as the project goes public we’ll tell you all about it. In the mean time, we continue to work the process for finding new opportunities for the Turbine Toucan now that the economy has somewhat stabilized. It’s still not in a good place, many incredible people with talent are still unemployed and that included a great deal of collogues in the marketing space.

More to come soon, thanks for stopping by!


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Sean Tucker…..“As Seen on Oprah” 


Everyone at Infinity-Entertainment Inc. is very excited about Sean Tucker’s appearance on the Oprah Windfrey Show this Thursday, so set your VCR’s!! As you all might know, Sean is a very good friend of ours, the team and more specifically Ken Erickson, our pilot and Sean’s chief pilot. So we are all very proud! Sean has broken so many boundaries in the aviation space and more specifically the air show industry these past few years.

This is also a huge first for the airshow world! Last year Sean made it on Good Morning America, that in itself was seen as a big deal and one of the higher profile publicity events for Sean’s career.

As an FYI, The Oprah program is viewed by more than 20 million Americans (USA) every week and broadcast internationally to more than one hundred and twenty countries worldwide. The valuation of this exposure would most likely surpass the cost of Sean’s sponsorship for the past 4-5 years. Talk about ROI for Oracle.

Sean’s success continues to demonstrate the viability and huge opportunity the airshow space represents to agencies of record and corporate sponsors. Awesome Sean, great job and congratulations!!!

-Team Turbine Toucan




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Moving Forward....... 
Well I must owe every one an apology for the very long silence and not updating the blog. Infinity Entertainment has been busy working with a few new clients on some corporate identity projects that we’ll be able to talk about shortly. This is a very exciting company that is literally on fire!

So the good news is that Susan Cress has seen a lot of activity in the CPG (consumer packaged goods) industry (primarily Fortune 500 companies) with regard to ramping up ad spending. She is heavily involved in consumer insights with many Fortune 1000 companies, so she really does have a pulse in consumer marketing world.

We are resuming our efforts to find the perfect fit with regard to a title sponsor now that we are starting to see some reasonable trends going on.

Ken is actively working on his low level waver with the Turbine Toucan, which is exciting because that means we have to have our routine worked out. So, we’re optimistic. It’s been painful to be on the sidelines last year but the market/economy just wouldn’t cooperate.

We have obtained a few more technology sponsors as well.

More to come in the next few weeks. Thanks for hanging in there with us, we really appreciate the loyalty!!!


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Air Show Attendance Continues to Defy The Economy (from AeroNews Network) 
Attendance Numbers On Pace For A 20 Percent Boost Over 2008!!!

In spite of ... or some say maybe because of ... the recession, hundreds of thousands of people are finding out what we already know. Air Shows are just a whole lot of fun. Two months into the heart of the 2009 air show season, the industry continues to witness a trend first noticed last summer when air shows collectively saw a 10-15 percent increase in spectator attendance compared with 2007. Across the board, air shows are reporting strong attendance, with many - if not most - seeing all-time record attendance.

"Every week, we hear from more shows who have been challenged to deal with overflowing crowds and also from performers who have never seen such large crowds at specific venues," said John Cudahy, president of the International Council of Air Shows. "I've worked at ICAS for 12 years and this is a phenomenon I've never seen. At this point, we're thinking we'll have an overall 20 percent increase over last year. When you look at all the empty seats at baseball games or at NASCAR races, it's quite a contrast."

Jim Breen is president of the California-based Umbrella Entertainment Group, which works with 20 air shows each year and says he has never seen such consistent attendance increases across the board. "There are some outlier shows where the attendance is really off the charts," he said, "but when you pull those out, it still looks like everything else is up about 13 percent on average." Breen singled out shows at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland, NAS New Orleans, and Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, DC as examples of shows that have hosted record or near-record crowds during the last several weeks.

Talk to more air show professionals and you'll hear similar stories…

"We had the largest show we've had since I've been involved, which is since 1999," said Rebecca March, Manager of the NAS Patuxent River Air Show, held May 23-24 in Maryland. "We had more than a 10 percent increase over 2008. We expected a good turnout, but this many people was a very pleasant surprise."

"With total attendance in excess of 70,000, this was our largest show in the 18-year history of the event," said Colonel Larry Gallogly with the Rhode Island National Guard Air Show in North Kingstown, Rhode Island on June 27 and 28. "We used every parking spot available to us and put more spectators on the ramp than we ever have before."

"It was the largest attendance in our 29-year history," said Fred Buckingham, chairman of the Florida International Show, held March 21-22 in Punta Gorda. Buckingham estimated 2009 attendance at 65,000, a substantial increase of more than 18 percent over the previous record of 55,000.

"We were expecting lower attendance than last year because of a bad weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday," said George Gorman, Manager of the New York Air Show at Jones Beach, held May 23-24. "Instead, we had a total of 407,000 spectators, and that even was with fog that delayed the Sunday show for 2-1/2 hours and a major traffic snarl on the east part of Long Island. We were barely off our all-time record, which is amazing considering everything that was working against us."

"I would say the attendance was more than double at this Hemet Air Show from the last time they had a show two years ago," said Susan Newman of Harrison Air Shows, an air show performance team. "Same goes for the Chino Airshow, which was two weekends before. When we took our golf cart from the pit to the VIP tent, it was nearly elbow-to-elbow and we barely could get through and that was the case at both shows."
"We expected between 32,000 and 34,000 spectators for the entire weekend," said Major Doug Bodine, director of the Ellsworth Air Force Base Air Show near Rapid City, South Dakota, held May 30-31. "We had more than that by the end of Saturday and finished the show on Sunday with total attendance of 51,200…our largest air show ever."

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