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Happy New Year Everyone!!! 

Well it appears that the Reno Air Races will continue, which is a VERY good sign for the entire industry. The Reno tragity has had a profound impact on a few contract potentials we had in the last six months.

We are starting to become active in continuing our efforts to get this bird out of the cage and on the airshow circuit. As we've always said, we won't do it until we secure the right title sponsor.

Infinity Entertainment continues to be busy working on other marketing efforts but the team is excited about starting to realign our efforts with the Toucan now that it appears the market is finally starting to head in the right direction.

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Reno Air Race, a HORRIFIC day in Aviation 
Greetings Folks,

What an absolute horrific day in the aviation world here in the US. We are absolutely sickened by the news of what has happened at Reno. As the casualties at Reno Air Race mishap continue to mount, we feel absolutely numb and sad. Our hearts go out to the victims and families of the innocent spectators involved, it should never have happened like this!

We have received countless emails and phone calls (from media) regarding this situation. Obviously it is way to early to speculate just went wrong and why. That said, I think it is EXTREMELY important for people to understand this is NOT an air show but an air race.

US air shows have NOT had a spectator fatality in more then 50 years! And there is a reason. Every demonstration pilot has a routine that is approved by ICAS ACE’s and the FAA that require the aircraft’s energy to never be directed at spectators. This is exactly why the air show industry has had a safety record that is envious of Indy Car, NASCAR, F-1 and just about ever other motor sport.

For whatever reason, Reno Air Race organizers and the FAA must be classifying the racing differently then air shows. If you look at the course and the grand stands, you’ll notice a discrepancy in this idea. Pylons 7,8 and 9 are in direct way of spectators from an energy perspective. A “G” lock, mechanical failure or high-speed stall would have spectators directly in harms way. Not trying to through the air race industry under the bus, just saying it and the FAA didn’t live up to what we are all expected to live up to in the “air show” world.

A lot of speculation going on right now for sure. On a personal note, if you asked me, I would tell you that Reno Air Races 40+ year history is over. Nobody is going to get liability insurance at this venue or for racing anytime soon. With spectator fatalities involved, I can tell you it will have a huge rippling effect on everyone in the air show industry. Which is not a bad thing. We are all about safety.

I think "superbanna" stated it best (though we are not in total agreement on criminal charge thing) on slashdot.org blog just a bit ago"

"US Airshows specifically prohibit any trajectories towards crowds and have large setback distances from the "box" that the display is allowed in, specifically for this reason. Clearly neither was being followed, or this crash wouldn't have killed and maimed so many people.

Was the race allowed to weasel out of those regs by not calling itself an airshow, even though that's exactly what it is?

http://www.proairshow.com/What%20to%20say.htm [proairshow.com]

"Since current regulations were put into effect in 1952, there has never been a spectator fatality in an North American air show accident. Thatâ(TM)s a safety record that is he envy of the entire motor sports industry."

So much for that record. The same page says:

"Second, air show performers â" both civilian and military â" are prohibited from performing maneuvers that direct the energy of their aircraft toward the area in which the spectators are sitting."

So much for that rule.

"Third, the industry and regulatory authorities strictly enforce minimum set-back distances that were developed to ensure that, in the event of an accident, pieces of the aircraft will not end up in the spectator area."

So much for that rule.

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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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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!!! 
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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!! 


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.... 

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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