APM Restoration and Maintenance Center
"Keep The Antiques Flying!" But how? To maintain something that first flew 80 years ago is more than a challenge. It's a passion. Plus, it takes expertise and a place to work. The APM's Restoration Center at Antique Airfield will help meet those needs, thanks, in part, to a generous contribution by AAA Lifetime member, Jim Miller. During the recent AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in, Jim helped AAA Executive Director, Brent Taylor and APM President, Mike Gretz, turn the first shovels full of dirt for the new center.
Jim Miller's contribution alone isn't enough. Further contributions are being received through the APM's "Buy-a-Foot" campaign. Contributors buy a square foot of the future Restoration Center's floor for $25. In exchange benefactors are named Antique Airfield Ambassadors. See who's donated and claimed a foot on an Interactive Restoration Center Foot Map!
But wait, there's more! As an ambassador, you'll also receive a deed to your unrecorded plot/square foot. You can't build on it or claim mineral rights, but you can claim bragging rights when you see a museum aircraft being refurbished on your space.
To date, the campaign, including Jim Miller's seed money, has brought in almost $30,000 plus pledges for building materials. But more is needed. To stake your claim in the future of the APM Restoration Center please make an online donation using the button below, or mail to the APM with this printable paper form.
During the 2009 fly-in there were some good questions raised by members about the possibility of the restoration center building impinging on the runway. This article discusses the options considered for siting of the restoration center and how runway clearance is going to be maintained (increased, actually) with the new facility.