Mike Whitescaver's RV-8A

Ride share program

  • Monday, May 04, 2015 1:21 PM
    Message # 3326796
    William David (Administrator)

    Here is something that we need to have on our web site, a ride share program.  The EAA national has one and we might be able to adapt it to our site.  Here is a link to it, Ride Share.


    This topic has come up a million times over the past years that I have been involved with 582 and perhaps we can finally take steps toward making it a reality.  It would be nice to have one that serves 582 exclusively.  One thing that can make it possible is we now have an interactive website for it to reside on.  


    This is how I envision it working.  Take the up coming Haar fish fry.  I plan on making it this year and I will have 3 open seats.  What I would like to be able to do is go to the home page and click on a "ride share," pull down tab that resides with all the other tabs at the top of the page.  It would open to a registration form and I would fill in fields that would cover things like, 1. how many seat are available, 2. what time I am leaving, 3. how long I will be staying, and so forth.  This would be an interactive form that would cover all of the things that might be considered in a ride share.


    With this information collected a potential rider would pull the same tab down and fill in the rider fields tat would cover similar pertinent information from the riders side of the transaction.  Once all of this is filled out it would be displayed on a separate calendar but, not the one we use for events.  I have a suspicion that we could actually use Wild Apricot to make a calendar and a registration for to do this.


    This tab would be a permeant addition to the home page and could be used for anything like fly ins, fly outs, and even poker runs.  This would be a great thing to do if we could pull it off.  Your thoughts? 

    Last modified: Wednesday, May 06, 2015 9:35 AM | William David (Administrator)
  • Thursday, May 07, 2015 3:17 PM
    Reply # 3335664 on 3326796

    Bill:


    This type of a "scheduling" function is not one that lends itself easily to our Apricot software.   Trust me, I have spent the last 4 hours trying.......


    That said, our Apricot software would allow us to pull a "canned program" in from another source that offers a scheduling feature.  We would just need to find that type of program somewhere out there on the web.  


    The alternative would be to have a program specifically written for the chapter and that obviously, would be quite expensive.  


    Finally, in an attempt to put your idea together,  I have sent an email to the EAA National Webmaster (cc to: wjdavid582@gmail.com) inquiring about their "share a ride" program and it's availability to local chapters.  


    I will keep you advised as to their response.

      

    Last modified: Thursday, May 07, 2015 4:58 PM | Tom Park
  • Friday, December 11, 2015 5:00 PM
    Reply # 3694464 on 3326796
    Glen Meiring (Administrator)

    Tom, what did you find out on EAA's availability of the share a ride program?  I also think this would be nice to have - for anyone flying for any reason that is willing to share.  I would be willing and interested in riding with other pilots just for the experience.  I should have my PPL soon and would like to have others ride along to share and learn with.  I have often wondered how we could facilitate "advertising" flying opportunities.


    Thanks,

    Glen

  • Saturday, December 12, 2015 10:44 PM
    Reply # 3696037 on 3326796

    We had talked about this before Oshkosh, I was thinking about creating something, but there are only so many hours in the day.  The focus for me is the Young Eagle's application but potentially spinning off a ride share app since it won't be extremely different from scheduling flights and filling airplane seats.

  • Monday, December 14, 2015 7:35 AM
    Reply # 3697654 on 3326796

    I don't know that adding complexity to something like this would really be value added. I think there are a handful of means of communication out there that most of us already use that can facilitate this very effectively. There is a facebook group I belong to called rideshare to anywhere that does this. Even in our demographic I think most of us our familiar with how facebook groups work and a "northwest ohio rideshare" group could handle this easily. All you have to do is post when and where you are going and people can respond to that.


    The problem will be raised that "I don't use facebook and won't see notifications often". Nothing else is going to be any easier for you to see notifications on either then. 

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