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The Fly Market Needs Inventory, or Harman Dickerson's 8th Annual Pre-Estate Sale

Posted in News | August 05, 2014

The Fly Market at the Fly-In has a brand new roof, but it still needs inventory. Got stuff in your hangar you want to or need to sell? Bring it to Blakesburg, you'll never find a more concentrated set of buyers for antique and classic stuff. Consignment sales with proceeds supporting the APM.

Dimensional Shift Short Film Trailer

Posted in News | August 05, 2014

"Dimensional Shift" is the name given to the short film produced by Whatever Works Productions, filmed at Antique Airfield and featuring AAA Lifetime member Jim Jones along with his Meyers OTW.

This film is an entry into the worldwide 48 Hour Film Project.

The film will premiere August 5-7 after which we expect to be able to post a link to this short film. Until then here's the trailer:

Fly-In First Arrival

Posted in News | August 05, 2014

With the 2014 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in coming up fast, our first arrival has well ... arrived! AAA Executive Director Brent Taylor landed at sunset Wednesday July 30th in Yellowstone Aviation's Interstate Cadet, one of this year's featured aircraft, after picking the airplane up in the Minneapolis area.

Out in the daylight for the first time in a very long time, NC37380 ready to head to Iowa with a fresh overhauled carburetor and a just completed annual inspection.

Staying in the pattern and orbiting Anoka County Airport (ANE) proved all was nominal after 15-20 minutes, then headed southeast around the east side of the Twin Cities. That's White Bear Lake as we drifted serenely by.

Windmill farm on the Iowa-Minnesota border.

Arrived home after three hours 15 minutes flying time and a gas stop in Charles City, IA. "Thanks" to the extra efforts by Charles City FBO Bill Kyle & his mechanic Rick, for getting me fueled and on my way after regular hours.

Film Production Company at Antique Airfield

Posted in News | July 31, 2014

It seems fitting that with our 2014 Fly-in theme being Stars of the Sky & Screen, we end up having some movie work happen here at Antique Airfield. Thanks to Ben Taylor, the crew from Whatever Works Productions used Antique Airfield as the location in their entry of the nationwide 48 Hour film Project. AAA member/volunteer Jim Jones & his Meyers OTW are being featured as part of this short sci-fi production.

Here is what Laura Lundberg of Whatever Works Productions had to say about the experience;

Once again, we made the best film by Whatever Works, as we do every year. This year was special though. We were allowed into the secret lives of antique airplane enthusiasts. We filmed air to air, air to ground, and on the ground with some of the coolest and most sincere people I have met.
Our crew of 17! was the best yet. My teammates were beyond wonderful. Our conscripted actor, Jim Jones, has a role any time he wants one. Brent and Ben Taylor, I applaud you in what you have there at the Antique Airfield. Pretty much everyone's dream! Erik Edgren thank you for joining us! We must get some sweet footage of your wild acrobatics sometime soon!
Can't wait to share our film!

The films in this year's competition won't be screened until August 5-7 and we expect to be able to post a link to this short film at that time. So stay tuned for our own "Stars of the Sky & Screen" featurette, courtesy of Whatever Works Productions!

The cast & crew of Whatever Works Productions prepare to make movie magic

Airport dog Lola provided security for the shoot

Jim Jones, the cast & crew rehearsing a scene

More Fly-In Pre-Registrations

Posted in News | July 31, 2014

You can register for the fly-in online or you can print the paper registration form for paper-based registration.

1946 Aeronca 7AC N85607
Paul Berge
Indianola, IA
2013 Corben Cabin Ace SJ N486N
Steve McGuire
Ponca City, OK
1938 Fairchild 24 NC19177
Mark Lancaster
Ottumwa, IA

Lockheed Vega Visits Antique Airfield

Posted in News | July 28, 2014

Much has been written about Lockheed Vega NC12288 and it's relationship to Antique Airfield, the Taylor family and the APM (See prior stories here, here, and here) so when current owner John Magoffin let us know he'd be stopping by to visit on his way to AirVenture it was reason for excitement.

At about 11:30 this past Saturday (July 26th) the Vega appeared out of the southwest. After a flyby and with the wind out of the east at 10 mph or so, John lined up for his first ever landing on Antique Airfield on the short 1600 east/west runway. John did a masterful job showing how good a short field airplane the Vega is.

John and his crew chief Buzz Hale spent the next few hours reminiscing with former owner Robert Taylor and answering questions from the crowd that was on hand to see the Vega. Then about three in the afternoon they loaded up and launched from Antique Airfield headed northeast towards Oshkosh.

We look forward to the possibility of seeing the Vega return for the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in as it certainly fits this year's theme of "Stars of the Sky & Screen" having been in two movies about Amelia Earhart when owned by AAA Founder President Robert Taylor. One was the made for TV movie "Amelia" starring Susan Clark, the other a French educational TV production.

John lined up and on short final for the 1600 ft east/west runway at Antique Airfield

John said it was his first landing at Antique Airfield, his first landing on grass and the first time he'd three pointed the Vega. He made it look like he’d been doing it for years!

Robert Taylor and Vega owner/pilot John Magoffin, two members of the very exclusive VPA (Vega Pilot's Association)

NC12288 in front of Hangar 1 where it spent from 1971-1983. Fom the left, Ben Taylor, Bent Taylor, Robert Taylor & John Magoffin

We can't help but imagine that APM Founder and former owner of the Vega, J.G. "Jack" Lowe, as well as Lyle & Tom Hoselton (who along with RLT restored the airplane in the 1960's), were looking down on this scene today and smiling!

Wing down into the wind for the crosswind, John & Buzz depart Antique Airfield.

Latest Fly-In Pre-Registrations

Posted in News | July 28, 2014

You can register for the fly-in online or you can print the paper registration form for paper-based registration.

1942 Meyers OTW N34323
Jim & Becky Jones
Newton, IA
(Charles E. "Chuck" Stewart photo)
2007 Wittman Tailwind W-10 N155SW
Karen Monteith
Wichita, KS
(photo courtesy of the Tailwind Forum)
1947 Luscombe 8A NC1131B
Ron Burnett
O'Fallon, MO
1947 Stinson 108-2 N9502K
Winn & Carolyn Baker
Darien, GA
(Charles E. "Chuck" Stewart photo)

Chipmunk and the Milky Way

Posted in Members | July 25, 2014

Kelly Mahon sent this photo of his Lycoming powered Chipmunk parked overnight at the Colfax, WA airport. Photo by Anita Erdman of Calgary.

Another Interstate For the Fly-In

Posted in News | July 25, 2014

Another Interstate featured aircraft has pre-registered for the fly-in. You can register for the fly-in online or you can print the paper registration form for paper-based registration.

1943 Interstate S1B1
John Lorenz
Edgewood, NM
(Brent Taylor photo)
1952 Cessna 195
Roald Lutz
Sandia Park, NM
1945 Aeronca 7AC
Larry Hoppes
Springville, IN

Arctic Tern Advocate in Anchorage

Posted in Members | July 25, 2014

William Quirk, in Anchorage, AK sent this story about Arctic Terns, an evolution of Interstate Cadets which are a Featured Aircraft for the 2014 AAA/APM Stars of the Sky and Screen Fly-In.

My interest in the subject comes from the Arctic Tern I purchased on August 8, 1997. I have logged 2,580 hours in the Tern as Pilot in Command in Alaska during the past 17 years. The Arctic Tern is on Alaskan Bushwheels in summer and Landes Skis in the winter. The Tern has excellent backcountry capability and has allowed me to explore and safely land in hundreds of remote locations. Many of these landings are first-time events where no aircraft has landed before. The Tern is a sturdily built aircraft and a marvelous flying machine. It is very stable in the air even at near stall speed. It is easy to fly and it handles extremely well even in gusty wind conditions. The huge slotted flaps, which help to generate a slow stall speed (near 32 miles per hour), and the excellent visibility over the cowling allow great landing capability on short landing surfaces on river gravel bars, beaches and mudflats (when dry), grass-covered sod, tundra and snow-covered surfaces on skis in winter on natural terrain, frozen lakes, glaciers and ice fields. The extra space in the cockpit makes the Tern very comfortable and a pleasure to fly. The large 6-foot cargo tray is a great asset, not only for the large space but also for the large door, which allows the easiest loading and unloading of large items of any of the tandem taildraggers.

Arctic Tern (N48027) ski landing in Ruth Amphitheater near Mt. McKinley on April 2nd, 2013. Elevation 5,800 ft., temperature 10 degrees F

My Arctic Tern was originally manufactured as an Interstate Cadet by the Interstate Aircraft and Engineering Corporation based in El Segundo, California in 1942. The manufacturer’s aircraft designation is S-1B1. The Aircraft Serial Number is 11. The Aircraft Registration is N48027. This aircraft was flown 508 hours in 40 years as an Interstate S-1B1. In 1982, the airplane was disassembled and rebuilt to Arctic Tern specifications by Glen Brukheimer.

Bill Diehl purchased Interstate’s tooling and brought it to Anchorage, Alaska in the late 1060s. He transformed the Interstate Aircraft into a bush plane by upgrading the structural elements of the fuselage, landing gear, and wings. He extended and squared off the wings, added a large cargo tray, and a new clam shell engine cowling. The engine was a 160 H O-320 Lycoming. The redesigned aircraft was Type Certificated by FAA and designated the Interstate S-1B2. It has come to be known as the Arctic Tern. Thirty one (31) Arctic Terns were built in the concrete block building near Anchorage International Airport between 1975 and 1985. Ten (10) additional Arctic Terns were built by disassembling and converting Interstate S-1B1s to Arctic Terns. Bill also designed and built four-place Arctic Terns called Privateers. He has built 5 Privateers.

Glen Burkheimer owned his newly-built Arctic Tern from 1982 to 1997. He logged 460 hours in 15 years (31 Hours/Year). I purchased the airplane in August 1997 and have flown it 2,580 hours (152 Hours/Year) in the past 17 years. This airplane was an Interstate Cadet for 40 years and has been an Arctic Tern for the past 32 years. The airplane has performed well for 72 years (3,548 hours) and it still has lots of flight time remaining. I call it my Trusty Arctic Tern.

I am very excited and optimistic that the newly designed Arctic Tern by Arctic Aircraft Company will become a reality and that it will soon be built and available to pilots flying the remote backcountry. Manufacturing the new Tern will hopefully make it possible for all of us with the original Tern to have a ready supply of parts when we need an upgrade or replacement due to damage to our aircraft. Keeping the Tern alive is great news to all of us who fly them. Half of the Arctic Terns that we originally built 30 to 40 years ago in Alaska are still flying today. Fourteen (14) pilots are flying Arctic Terns in Alaska. Six (6) pilots are flying Arctic Terns in the Continental US. A few other Terns are flown by Pilots in foreign countries.

Alaska will play a crucial role in selling the first newly built Arctic Terns. This is because the first Arctic Terns were being built and flown in Alaska and because the Tern’s outstanding flying characteristics in the bush. This is an aircraft that serves Alaska well. Pilots flying the Arctic Tern after a short period of time will be shocked at the great flying characteristics of the airplane and its suitability to access remote lands in Alaska. With highly respectable pilots in Alaska endorsing the Tern, sales will then spread elsewhere, especially in Canada, continental US and foreign countries.

When talking with Bill Diehl (designer and builder of the Arctic Tern) at Anchorage’s Aviation Trade Show a few years ago, I mentioned my Arctic Tern ski landing on the Kahiltna Glacier at 7,200 feet ASL at the mount McKinley Mountain Climbing Base Camp on March 28, 2008. Bill countered with his over-the-top flight of Mount McKinley in his Arctic Tern (Lycoming O-320, 150 horsepower) on Easter Sunday. Bill had an oxygen supply and had a difficult time gaining sufficient altitude near the summit to fly over the top of Mount McKinley which is 20,320 feet ASL. The air at 20,000 feet was thin and the engine had a greatly reduced amount of horsepower. Theoretically, engine horsepower would be diminished about 60 percent at this altitude. However, the cold air, which was well below zero Fahrenheit, greatly reduced density altitude. Bill said he was circling the peak with flaps employed trying to climb high enough to fly over the peak. He finally climbed high enough to fly over McKinley’s summit. When he looked down at the summit when he passed over it, the height above the top of the mountain was only 50 feet. WOW! What a great accomplishment.

All the best to Arctic Aircraft Company. You can count on many loyal supporters in Alaska. We are all pulling for you.

William A Quirk III