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Texas Chapter Fly-In October 13-14

Posted in Chapter News | October 09, 2017

The Texas Chapter Fly-in at Gainesville, TX is coming up this weekend, October 13-14, 2017. Here's a video of arrivals from last year's event:

2017 Fly-In Volunteer Thank You!

Posted in News | October 09, 2017

The AAA/APM Fly-in takes a herculean effort yearly to prepare for and execute. In 2017 we had the additional efforts of several “Capitol Improvement Projects” to complete, including improvements to the showerhouses, more work in the main museum’s Powell Hall, a new roof on the museum storage hangar plus continued progress in the APM Restoration Center, and returning more APM aircraft to flying status.

Fortunately, we have a loyal and growing cadre of volunteers who spend their time, talents, and money to help make all this happen! Without their help and dedication the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in would simply not be possible! So with apologies in advance to anyone I may have missed, if you enjoyed the 2017 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in (our 64th annual event), please make certain to thank the following individuals and service organizations for their hard work and dedication in making it a safe and fun event for all participants.

Field Preparations and Clean Up

Ken Marth, Luke Pieper, Doris Gretz, Aaron Klugherz, Mark, Teri, Jeff & Sheila Lancaster, Harve Applegate, Mike, John & Claire Lossner, Bill & Ryan Weyers, Dan, LuAnn & Dakota Quinn, Steve & Fletcher Black, Mike Latta, Mike Townsley, Eric, Ryan & Jane Fritz, Bob Tejchma, Jim Ashley, Gary Van Farowe, Don Parks, George Winheim, Rick Gritters, Steve Adkisson, Bill Sheperd, Gary, Toby & Jen Hanson, Les Gaskill, Scott Burbank, Mark Flounders, Doug & Tyler Knott, Tim & LuVerne Verhoeven, Jim Schreier, Danny Glenn, Chuck & Shannon Avon, Mike & Michelle Warin, Jessica Fuller, Holly Vanorny, Cindy Grimm, Mike Townsley, Dave Coop, Mark Robotti, Jeff, Kim & Samantha Claypool, Melissa Phillips, Marcy, Ben & Robert Taylor


Denny Whitson & Ottumwa VFW Post # 775 Larry & Jeannette Keitel, Bill & Jenny Bennett

Flight Line (Aircraft Parking)

Ben Taylor, Aaron, Tom & Rich Klugherz, Bryan DeWitt Chuck Barth, Jim Densmore, David Lamb, Shannon, Debra & Nathan Frost

Air Traffic Control Flagmen

Robert & Dallas Grimm, Tom Gehman, Mark Robotti, Toby Hanson, David Lamb, Ben Taylor, Joe Feauto


Cindy DeWild, Marcy Taylor, Marjorie VanDePol, Cindy Grimm

Emergency Aircraft Repairs

Steve Adkisson, Barry Taylor, Dave Wilkie, Forrest Lovely, Mark Wiebe

Pilot's Pub

Mark, Teri, Tanner, Jeff & Shelia Lancaster, Natalie Alexander, Eric, Jane, Tyler & Ryan Fritz, Luke Pieper, Kim Claypool, Craig Shorten, Ken Marth, Steve Adkisson

Movies and Sound

Aaron & Tom Klugherz, Steve Black, Bryan DeWitt

Aircraft Statisticians

Suzy Kryzanowicz, Dave Miller, Joni Diamond

Memorial Service

Justin Niemyjski, Cliff Hatz, LuVerne Verhoeven, Gary Redden, John & Claire Lossner, Aaron & Tom Klugherz

Missing Man formation

“The Bucker Boys”: John Hickman, Jim White, David Stillinger, Chris Overson


Paul Berge, Steve Black, Ben Taylor

APM Fly Market

Steve Butler, Nick Hildreth, Les Gaskill, Mike Lossner

RV Parking

Dan Maurer


Alan Achor, Brent Blue, Brian Stockton, Dave Miller, Dave Lahrman, Brett Chilcott, Carl Morgan, G.R. Dennis Price, Gilles Auliard, Jack Fleetwood, Megan Vande Voort, Jim Densmore, Jon Cook, Paul Stevens, Sparky Barnes Sargent, Bob Punch, Dean Coryell, Dave Schober, Jeff Sullens, Dave Swartz, Charles E. “Chuck” Stewart, Jim Savage, Jonathan Apfelbaum, Nigel Hitchman, Tom Gehman, Dan Quinn, Kathy Adkisson, Bryan DeWitt, Matt McVicker

Field Maintenance

Gary & Toby Hanson, Tim Verhoeven, Rick Gritters, Les Gaskill, Dan Quinn, Jim Ashley

People Puller

Dan Quinn, Dale Severs

APM Gift Shop

Doris Gretz, LuVerne Verhoeven, Barb Frost, Gloria Robotti, LuAnn Quinn, Jessica Fuller, Holly Vanorny, Amber Covington

Coffee House & Dairy Queen Treats

Rosie Duckworth, Carol & Gary Van Farowe, Karen Meirndorf & Tom Botsford, Fern Griesbach & Jerry Lugten, Mark & Barb Smokovitz, Lynn Towns & Sharon Plavnick, Snooks Bouska, The Tiger Boys

Emergency Services

Blakesburg Volunteer Fire Department


Dakota Quinn, Cody Klima

APM Aircraft

Shane & Sullivan Vande Voort, Jeff Claypool, Mike Lossner, Ben Taylor, Rick Gritters, Mark Lancaster, Classic Aviation of Pella, IA


Russell Williams (website), Classic Aviation of Pella, IA & Bob Lancaster Oil Co. (aircraft fueling) Blakesburg Historical Preservation Society (pie) Melissa Little (Ottumwa Convention & Visitors Bureau) Hy-Vee Catering (food services)

Fly-In Grand Champion Photos

Posted in News | October 02, 2017

Greetings from Antique Airfield,

While we await more photos from our various official photographers (and anyone else that would care to forward images of the planes, people & events) of the 2017 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in, we’d like to offer the following images of the Grand Champion & Sweepstakes award winners.

While not a comprehensive report (that will be published in the next issue of the Antique Airfield Runway), this should give all an idea of the variety, and quality of the Antique & Classic aircraft that were in attendance.

More award winners and photos in the next update!

Brent Taylor
President AAA
Fly-in Chairman

Sweepstakes Homebuilt
1984 Corben Super Ace
Poplar Grove Airmotive
Poplar Grove, IL
Flown by; Trent Davis
(Nigel Hitchman photo)

Grand Champion Homebuilt
1977 Westphal Parrakeet
Vaughn Lovley
New Prague, MN
(Megan Rochelle Photo)

Sweepstakes Neo-Classic (1946-1956)
1946 Aeronca 11AC
Ryan Harter
Greenfield, IN
(Jim Savage photo)

Grand Champion Neo-Classic (1946-1956)
1946 Aeronca 7AC
Classic Aviation Inc.
Pella, IA
(Megan Rochelle Photo)

Sweepstakes Warbird (1941-1945)
Aeronca L-16
Charles Barth
Pekin, IL
(No photo available)

Grand Champion Warbird (1941-1945)
1943 Boeing A75N1
Edward Miller
Santa Rosa, CA
(Paul Stevens photo)

Sweepstakes Classic (1936-1941)
1937 Stinson SR-8B
Dave Lunsford
Bayfield, CO
Flown by; Ben Redman
(Dean Coryell photo)

Grand Champion Classic (1936-1941)
1939 Spartan 7W
Jim Savage
Gibsonia, PA
(Tom Gehman photo)

Sweepstakes Antique (pre-1936)
1931 Curtiss Wright Sedan
Historic Aircraft Restoration Center
St. Louis, MO
Flown by Glen Peck
(Tom Gehman photo)

Grand Champion Antique (pre-1936)
1929 Pitcairn PA-6
Ryan Lihs
Sioux City, IA
(Jack Fleetwood photo)

Mike Bowen's Trip to Blakesburg

Posted in Members | October 02, 2017

Mike Bowen sent us this video of his trip out from South Carolina to the 2017 Fly-In, fun at the fly-in, and the trip back in his Ryan PT-22.

Fly-In Video Slideshows by Jim Savage

Posted in Members | October 02, 2017

Jim Savage sent compliation video slideshows of the 2017 Back to Blakesburg Fly-In.

Arrival at Blakesburg 2017 Video

Posted in Members | October 02, 2017

Russell Williams posted this video of arriving at Blakesburg 2017 in formation with Addison Pemberton's Speedmail.

Back To Blakesburg Article by Sparky Barnes Sargent

Posted in News | October 02, 2017

Sparky Barnes Sargent wrote an article on this year's fly-in that's featured in GA News. Click for the article.

Photo by Jonathan and Julia Apfelbaum

First Fly-In Report

Posted in News | September 13, 2017

Antique Airfield has returned to a more bucolic state now that the 2017 AAA/APM Fly-in is over.

While not a comprehensive report (that will be published in the next issue of the Antique Airfield Runway) we can report some preliminary results for the event:

  1. We had absolutely perfect weather for the event.
  2. A preliminary count shows 353 aircraft from at least 34 states in attendance. That should go up some when the count is justified.
  3. The variety of aircraft was outstanding this year - perhaps the best it’s been in a few years.
  4. We had members & guests in attendance from all over the US & Canada, as well as visitors from Switzerland & England.
  5. Fuel sales were up, with over 3100 gals pumped by the crew of Classic Aviation from Pella, IA.
  6. There was flying every day from dawn till dusk.
  7. The Grand Champion Antique was Ryan Lihs’ 1929 Pitcairn PA-6 from Sioux City, IA (we’ll have a complete list and pictures of the award winners posted soon).

Antique Airfield at the height of the 2017 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in (Dave Swartz photo)

Perhaps the fly-in can be summed up best, via a quote from a fly-in attendee.... "The food. The access to aircraft. The Fly-market. The weather. The volunteers. The registration people. The ban on golf carts and electric scooters. The vendors (or lack of). Man, you got everything right!"

Of course it would be impossible for the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in to happen without our loyal and growing cadre of volunteers that help do everything from ATC, to trash collection (we’ll have a complete list and photos of our volunteers posted soon)

Keep watching this page and our Facebook pagefor more reports, reviews, pictures and videos from the 2017 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in.

And mark your calendars for Aug 29th through Sept 3rd, 2018, when we’ll once again host the 2018 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in at Antique Airfield near Blakesburg, IA!

Brent Taylor

Grand Champion Antique, Ryan Lihs’ 1929 Pitcairn PA-6 from Sioux City, IA (Jack Fleetwood photo)

Fly-In Pre-registration Now Closed; Registrations Accepted At the Event

Posted in News | August 28, 2017

Pre-registration for the fly-in is now closed, but never fear, if you didn't make the pre-registration deadline for the 2017 AAA/APM Fly-in you can still register at the event. We're looking forward to seeing you!

Chris Buerk's 2009 Wittman Tailwind from New Hampshire Mark Baker's 1944 Howard DGA-15P from Maryland
(Tom Gehman photo)
Glenn McGowan's 1946 Piper J-3 from Illinois Kreg Anderson's 1946 Aeronca 7AC from Minnesota
Mark Robertson’s 2014 Pietenpol Aircamper from Iowa
(G.R Dennis Price photo)
Dave Allen’s 1934 Waco YKC from Colorado
(Gilles Auliard photo)

Mowing Weekend; Fly-In Ready to Start

Posted in News | August 28, 2017

Time does fly, and it’s now two days before the start of the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in.

The volunteers, directors & staff here at the AAA/APM, have accomplished much this summer in preparation of the event, and we hope to see those efforts pay off over the next week.

With a record amount of display aircraft pre-registrations (150+) and airplanes from as far away as South Carolina already on the field, we expect an outstanding turnout!

Our annual mowing party, the last big effort to get the field ready, went over a two day period (last Fri & Sat) and the airport looks Great !! However it was so busy that we got very few pictures of all the volunteers at work.

While we are talking about the airport, please note: though the grounds appears nice and green, due to a long extended drought throughout the summer Wapello county (where Antique Airfield is located) is under a burn ban. Ergo, there will be no open fires anywhere on the airport (they are already prohibited anywhere on the flight line). Please plan accordingly.

Don Parks taking a call during the mowing party.

Mike Townsley getting the APM’s Great Lakes ready to display.

APM President Steve Adkisson installing new doors on the Ground Loop Inn

Some of the crew at lunch

Jim Ashley’s Stearman from South Carolina bedded down for the night