FPAC has an
ambitious goal for the next few years. It is the establishment of
the ‘MUSEU AERONÀTIC DE CATALUNYA’. It is amazing that
Catalonia has not such public equipment yet, considering the
breakthrough that aviation has meant in the fields of technology,
communications, culture, etc. Our trust keeps trying to raise the
necessary funds from the government and private corporations alike.
It encourages us to see that some of them have already shown
interest in our project.
We would like to
thank AENA (The government’s organization that manages all Spanish
airports) for helping us to obtain the necessary land. In their
project of the renovated Sabadell Airport, an area of 10000m2 has
been reserved for the Museum. This area is located in the northern
edge of the airfield, very close to the future entrance by the
railway station. If anyone wishes to see a model of it, there is a
scale model at the ground floor of the AENA’s building at the
airport. Moreover AENA has initiated a process to transfer the land
of the ‘Departament de Politica Territorial’ of the
‘Generalitat de Catalunya’ (the Government of Catalonia) and the
‘Museu de Ciència i de la Tècnica de Terrassa’ (Technology and
Science Museum) has made possible the design of an initial project
of our Museum which defines the essentials of the building and the
economic feasibility of the project.
The project and
scale model were displayed in Barcelona in July 2003 during the
‘Jornades d’Aviació General’.
According to this
project, the museum will initially occupy 5000m2, an area that will
be tripled in later stages. It will enclose workshops, didactic
rooms, registry room, cafeteria, shop, etc.
It is worth
saying that the Museum is located by the runway of Sabadell Airport,
so that visitors will have the chance to see some of the exhibited
airplanes actually fly. The Museum should be an active place by
hosting cultural and formative activities, delivering multimedia
explanations, etc. It shouldn’t be understood in any case as a
rest place for vintage aircrafts.