The Adkisson Hangar "Buy-a-Foot" campaign, to finance the rebuilding and reassembly of the late Earl "Skeezix" Adkisson’s 45’ x 48’ hangar has reached a major milestone!
But to review a bit before we get to that news, the hangar is a Butler Building, which should make reassembly relatively easy since it bolts together. However, a new foundation, new steel siding and roofing will be needed to allow for and complete the re-assembly.
Starting with "seed money" in the amount of $6080.00 from several AAA members, two AAA Chapters, Tom Frasca and the Pella Rollscreen Foundation, donations have been steady, with each square foot of the 2,160 square foot facility sold at a tax deductible donation of $30 per.
We are most pleased to announce, we have topped $25K with 38+% of the available space bought and paid for.
That amount will allow us to move ahead and construct the foundation for the hangar. That work will begin asap after the conclusion of the 2018 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in!
Of note, as with all APM projects, the Board of Directors policy is to never take on any debt with projects such as the Restoration Center, and the Adkisson Hangar for example. That policy has kept the APM solvent and moving forward since it’s founding in 1964, while many other aviation museums have struggled and failed over the last four plus decades!
While the APM may complete such projects in steps as we have the funding for, projects such as the Adkisson Hangar will continue to be totally paid for upon completion.
That is why I hope you will join with the directors, volunteers and donors to the Adkisson Hangar "Buy-a-Foot" campaign, and help us reach a goal of having this campaign at least 50% funded by the start of the 2018 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in!
That equates to having 1080 sq ft. (of the total available 2160 sq. ft.) bought and paid for, at a total of $32,400.00.
Presently, we have sold 838 sq ft., so another 242 sg ft., or $7260.00, is needed to reach this interim goal.
And whether you buy just one sq. ft. or 100, it all helps! We hope you'll join with us to reach this goal and complete another big step in the Adkisson Hangar Project.
So, if you are ready to help make the APM Adkisson Hangar a reality, click here to buy a foot online or send your check or MO to the APM "Buy a Foot" campaign at 22001 Bluegrass Rd. Ottumwa, IA 52501.
Just think, won’t it be great upon completion to have Harold Krier’s DeHavilland Chipmunk and the Jocelyn/Price/Baron Great Lakes as the center pieces of this new facility?
Back on July 15th, 2015, I sent the following bullet points memo to Mark Baker, President of the AOPA. We had been discussing working together in an attempt to obtain relief for owners of antique and classic aircraft from the upcoming ADS-B requirements slated to go in effect on January of 2020.
Based upon the following criteria, exemption from the installation of ADS-B equipment should be granted to the following antique/classic aircraft:
I. ATC & Group 2 aircraft with a pre-1942 approval date (through ATC #748)
II. Plus the following aircraft originally approved via their ATC without installation of an electrical system (passive or active)
ATC #749 Ryan PT-22
ATC #751 Aeronca O-58
ATC #759 Aeronca 7AC
ATC #761 Aeronca 11AC
ATC #800 Piper PA-15
ATC #803 Mooney M-18-L and M-18-C
ATC #805 Piper PA-17
III. Reason for exemption:
A. The vast majority of these aircraft were originally issued an ATC without an electrical (passive or active) system installation.
In total numbers, make up a small percentage of the active GA fleet.
Are flown almost exclusively VFR & during daylight hours only.
Are flown primarily for recreation and display at various Fly-ins, Airshows and other aviation events.
Are flown a limited amount of hours yearly.
Are not flown for hire or commercial purposes.
In total, make up a small percentage of aircraft based or flown within class A,B or C airspace.
Installation would be difficult based upon:
Lack of approved shielded electrical harnesses & spark plugs to replace original/approved non-shielded ignition harnesses & spark plugs
Lack of approved electrical systems and components that would have enough capacity for installation.
Limited instrument panel and cockpit space.
Would destroy originality and value.
Lack of approved and acceptable data would make approvals/installations on an individual basis,
time consuming, expensive and difficult.
President, Antique Airplane Association
Though it has taken time and effort since, I am happy to report a major step forward in those efforts.
The following is the current language of FAR 91.225 (the ADS-B FAR). Please note paragraph (e), which is highlighted below:
§91.225, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out equipment and use.
(d) After January 1, 2020, and unless otherwise authorized by ATC, no person may operate an aircraft in the following airspace unless the aircraft has equipment installed that meets the requirements in paragraph (b) of this section:
Class B and Class C airspace areas;
Except as provided for in paragraph (e) of this section, within 30 nautical miles of an airport listed in appendix D, section 1 to this part from the surface upward to 10,000 feet MSL;
Above the ceiling and within the lateral boundaries of a Class B or Class C airspace area designated for an airport upward to 10,000 feet MSL;
Except as provided in paragraph (e) of this section, Class E airspace within the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia at and above 10,000 feet MSL, excluding the airspace at and below 2,500 feet above the surface; and
Class E airspace at and above 3,000 feet MSL over the Gulf of Mexico from the coastline of the United States out to 12 nautical miles.
(e) The requirements of paragraph (b) of this section do not apply to any aircraft that was not originally certificated with an electrical system, or that has not subsequently been certified with such a system installed, including balloons and gliders. These aircraft may conduct operations without ADS-B Out in the airspace specified in paragraphs (d)(2) and (d)(4) of this section. Operations authorized by this section must be conducted—
Outside any Class B or Class C airspace area; and
Below the altitude of the ceiling of a Class B or Class C airspace area designated for an airport, or 10,000 feet MSL, whichever is lower.
To cut to the chase:
1. The regulation 14 CFR 91.225(e) allows aircraft not certificated with an electrical system, including balloons and gliders, not equipped with ADS-B Out to operate within 30 nautical miles of a Class B primary airport—basically, within its Mode C veil—while remaining outside of any Class B or Class C airspace. Operationally the ADS-B Out rules mirror the transponder equipage requirements in 14 CFR 91.215.
2. Per the AOPA; “The legal interpretation confirms that the same aircraft excluded from the transponder requirement are excluded from the ADS-B Out equipage requirement”. “That means aircraft subsequently equipped with batteries or an electric starter would not be required to equip for ADS-B Out.”
While 91.225 will not exempt all antique & classic aircraft, we feel it will provide relief for the majority of those aircraft as listed per my original memo/request. Plus, we will continue to pursue avenues for further exemptions if need be.
We’d like to “Thank” all those involved at the AOPA in this effort, especially Mark Baker (President & AAA #M-25727), Jim Coon (Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Advocacy), Justin Barkowski (Director of Regulatory Affairs), and Rune Duke (Director of Government Affairs, Airspace and Air Traffic)
The Air Power Museum Inc (APM) proudly announces the addition of a rare and historic DeHavilland Super Chipmunk, once owned by airshow great, Harold Krier (AAA# M-662), to its collection. Since 1946 several nations have used Chipmunks for training military pilots, but this two-seat aerobatic trainer, N6311V, was designed to be the first monoplane to represent the USA in world aerobatic competition.
Krier had served as a flight engineer on bombers during WWII and afterwards he learned to fly and fell in love with aerobatics. By the mid-1950s Harold was performing in a clipped-wing Cub and later in a modified Great Lakes biplane plus a biplane of his own design, the Krier Kraft. Think of it as a cross between the Great Lakes and a Bucker Jungmeister. With an introduction from his friend and fellow airshow pilot, Frank Price, Harold Krier toured the country in Bill Sweet’s National Airshow, where he remained until his death in a test flight accident in 1971.
The post-war period brought rapid innovation in all aspects of aviation, including aerobatic competition, thanks in part to Antique Airplane Association (AAA) & APM founder, Robert Taylor. Harold Krier claimed top prizes in the AAA Aerobatic Championships in 1958 through 1960, with the trophy retired in his name in 1966, the same year the Chipmunk appeared with the US team in international competition in Moscow.
Harold realized that to compete internationally, he needed a slick monoplane. Enter the Chipmunk…with serious modifications.
Harold clipped and metalized the Chipmunk’s wings, lengthened the ailerons, redesigned the tail, beefed up the airframe and hung a 200-hp Ranger engine on the nose. Thus, the first aerobatic monoplane to represent the USA in international competition was born, and the innovations in Krier’s Super Chipmunk set the standard for most future competition monoplanes. Considering the huge amount of engineering that went into creating the Super Chipmunk, it’s a credit to Krier’s love of aerobatics that he gave away all the modification data to anyone who wanted to copy it. Art Scholl and Skip Volk gladly took up his offer and kept the Super Chipmunk in the game long after Harold’s death at age 49.
Harold Krier (in cockpit) with NASA test pilot "Fitz" Fulton (left).
Given this airplane’s history, it’s easy to see why APM is so pleased to receive the gift of Harold Krier’s Super Chipmunk from Todd and Jo Peterson (well known aerobatic & airshow pilots in their own right) of El Dorado, KS. The Chipmunk and related artifacts/memorabilia will eventually be displayed, along with Frank Price’s Great Lakes biplane (The first US entrant in the modern world aerobatic contest 1960), which was donated to the APM in 1984 by then Christiansen Industries Pitts test pilot Mel Baron, and is currently on display in the main museum hangar.
These two aircraft along with the APM’s collection of Duane Cole’s personal memorabilia, will form the center piece of the future Earl Adkisson hangar at the APM.
A major fundraising effort to both restore the Great Lakes to flying condition, plus build the foundation for and reassemble the Adkisson hangar will be announced in the next couple of weeks.
(left to right) Robert L Taylor. Todd Peterson, and Jo Peterson, pictured at Antique Airfield with one of their Peterson Performance King Katmai Cessna conversions
We feel honored the Peterson’s have chosen the APM to display this historic aircraft, as well as continue to keep Harold Krier’s legacy to the aerobatic/airshow industry alive for future generations.
Currently the Chipmunk is hangered & will stay in El Dorado until spring, when Todd will deliver it to the APM.
“War is Hell”, and the long sought peace accord between the various factions in the “Boar Wars” once again shows every sign of falling apart, signalling a return to our arduous and continuing aerial conflict.
Sensing early this year that a high altitude, long range strategic bomber was needed to help deter our enemies and secure the peace, “Col. Sparky” contracted with well known arms supplier Ten Air (or was it Tin Ear) to procure just such a machine, one capable of carrying greater loads over longer distances and at a greater altitude.
Shown here inspecting the yet to fly prototype W.A.C.O. (Way Above Carrying Ordinance) Strategic Bomber, are Col. Jeff “the Mechanic” Claypool & Col. “Sparky” himself.
But as we have yet to test and go into production with this awesome weapon, one that will certainly strike fear into the hearts of our enemies, we will continue to operate our smaller counter insurgency style aircraft, in an effort to keep control of the skies in and around Antique Airfield. So be here notified, all OPLAF (Orange Peace Liberation Air Force) personnel will report for active duty as part of preparations for the coming offensive....code name;
"High Planes Pumpkins"
AKA "Annual Pumpkin Drop"
Saturday November 4th, at Antique Airfield.
That’s correct, you read it here first, Col. “Sparky” has a plan!! But as no one knows for sure what that plan may be, all OPLAF members need report to Antique Airfield on Nov 4th, and find out. Of course and as usual, with the help and expertise of our ordinance officer, Col. Luke “Smoker” Pieper, we hope to have plenty of ammo on hand.
So please join with us this year for operation “High Planes Pumpkins” and help keep the skies free, clean and smelling sweet!
Once you have read and memorized these orders destroy them to keep them from falling into the enemies hands; PETV (People for the Ethical Treatment of Vegetables), the FAA, TSA, EPA, EIEIO!
0900 hrs. (9am) - 1200 hrs. (noon) Coffee's on at the "Ground Loop Inn". We will watch and grade all arrivals (by air) and recommend whether flight crews should get more training/practice before the mission.
1200 hrs. (noon) Marchell’s Bistro’s (Marcy Taylor) famous Chili lunch served at the "Ground Loop Inn" Note; if you would like to bring a dish to help with lunch please contact the CO's wife (Marcy Taylor) at 641-814-3359. This year as in the past, donations from lunch will go towards further progress on the APM Roof fund. Though we’ve made great progress, we still have one roof on APM hangars to go, and all donations, no matter how small or large, help!
1230 hrs. (you know 12:30 pm) CO Col. “JD “ Taylor, will give the pilot/bombardier briefing. Please Note: This year we will operate in flights of 4-5 aircraft at a time. Due to these operational changes, all pilots/crews planning to participate will need to be in attendance at said briefing.
1300 hrs (1pm) - ??? The bombing range will be open (RV area at S. end of airport). Bombing will continue until ammo is depleted, everyone gets bored, the weather goes bad or darkness falls. Note: This year as in years past a marked spectator area will be on the east side of the runway only, near the ammo dump.
1730 hrs. (5:30pm) Officer's mess (Ground Loop Inn) open to all personnel, recruits, wives and dates for the evening meal, catered by Marchell’s Bistro. If not before, at that time we will award the major traveling trophy along with the wearable recognition to the bomb crew that came closest to, or hit their target. Note: if you would like to help prepare something tasty for this meal contact Marcy at 641-814-3359.
1830 hrs. (6:30pm) - ??? Extensive mission debriefing, campfire and whiskey tasting at the CO's home (that would be Brent & Marcy's). Though not expected, OPLAF members wishing to show their “good taste” are always welcome to bring & share fine wines, tasty lagers, good whiskeys, cheeses, canapes & snacks to this soiree. Note: We will have soda, water, hot chocolate, coffee/tea available for those that prefer. If weather conditions are not conducive for outdoor activities, all activities will be held in the OPLAF Officer's Club (aka the "Broken Prop Pub" in Brent & Marcy's basement).
Please Note: The APM will be open throughout the day and the APM Gift Shop will be open, in case you forgot/need to pick up a past Fly-in T-shirt, AAA/APM sweatshirt, Christmas gift etc.
Also since this is a field operation, facilities will be at a minimum (the shower houses have been winterized and aircraft fuel is not available on the field) Please plan your accommodations accordingly and avgas is available at nearby Ottumwa, Oskaloosa or a little further afield, Pella & Centerville airports.
"Good Luck, God Speed, May the Force be with You & Liberty and Justice for All"