WOW!! ......what a weekend.

Though cold, overcast & wet a large group of our loyal volunteers showed up to help get several projects in the APM accomplished.

Mike Meir & Dan Quinn begin the work of removing and storing displays in Powell Hall in preparation of a major construction project

Among those, plumbing repairs/modifications in the APM restrooms, mounting the 12 cyl Franklin engine on a new mobile display stand, inventorying several donations of books, manuals and periodicals to the APM “Library of Flight”, the razing of the N wall of Powell Hall in preparation for installation of a new wall (which is now partially framed), lots of cleaning and most notably the completion of the construction phase of the APM Restoration Center !!

You’ve read that right. In March the building was fully insulated and on Sat the last of the steel was hung inside, finishing the construction phase. Next steps are cleaning, sealing & painting the floor, installing new door seals and insulation on the Schweiss bi-fold hangar door, then installing/finishing the electrical, plumbing, heating and pneumatic systems. Making the APM Restoration Center operational is in sight but more financial support and volunteer work is needed. More on that in a minute.

Mounting the 12 cylinder Franklin engine on its new movable display stand. Ron Hodges (2nd from the left) designed and built the stand.

More major infrastructure projects are in the works for 2015, with one big one being the continued replacement of the roofs on the APM hangars. Spearheaded by AAA National Director Gary Van Farowe and the Michigan AAA chapter, last year saw a much needed new roof installed on the APM Fly-Market building. Well Gary & the MI antiquers are back this year to replace the roof on the N side of the APM display annex. That project is slated to happen in June and will tie in with the moving of the N wall in Powell Hall (per above).

But that’s not all. A lot of time was spent evaluating another much needed project we plan to have accomplished before the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in in Sept. That is the replacement of the APM main hangar door (s). Per suggestion of APM President Mike Gretz, to retain the period look and keep the costs down we will once again install sliding/track doors. Our research indicates a lot of advances in construction, serviceability and ease of operation of these type doors in the 40+ years since the APM main hangar was originally built and the doors installed.

Steve Adkisson, Ken Marth, & Luke Pieper begin hanging steel on the walls in the APM Restoration Center. Note the spray on foam insulation.

Of course all of this will take money, so the Board of Directors of the APM asks you join with us in the APM Capitol Improvement Campaign of 2015. We have joined with Personal Fundraising Website, GoFundMe to help raise the capital for these projects. If all our AAA members, website subscribers, Facebook fans and interested parties would donate but $5 or $10 we will be able to easily reach our goal of $20,000.00.

So please join with us & help us reach our goal in the APM Capitol Improvement Campaign of 2015 and get these important infrastructure projects finished in time for the 2015 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in, September 2nd – 7th.

One wall almost complete.

And please make sure when you see, meet or run into the following people, who came from IA, IL, MI & MO on a cold, overcast and wet weekend to help move the APM forward, “THANKS” for their help & dedication;

Mike Meir, Scott Anderson, Larry Phelps, Ron Hodges, Dan Quin, Steve Adkisson, Ken Marth, Luke Pieper, Rick Gritters, Mark Lancaster, Steve Hendryx, Jeff Claypool, Aaron Klugherz, Harman Dickerson, Ben Taylor, Don Parks, Harve Applegate, Steve Black, Mike Gretz, Mark Robotti, Robert Taylor, Brent Taylor & especially Marcy Taylor for feeding all the troops.

The shop in the APM Restoration Center is complete but awaits the installation of electrical, heating & pneumatic systems.

Steve Hendryx working on the steel installation around the hangar door frame.

Gary Van Farowe, Jeff Claypool & Dan Quinn begin construction on the new N wall in Powell Hall.