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Interstate Cadet Video Channel by Restorer Tim Talen

Posted in Members | August 18, 2014

Since one of the featured aircraft of this year's fly-in is the Interstate Cadet, noted Interstate restorer Tim Talen of Springfield, OR recently let us know that he's posted a series of videos on Interstate Cadet restoration and maintenance to his video channel. Click here for the complete video channel.

Volunteer Work Weekend #2 At Antique Airfield

Posted in News | August 12, 2014

Well it would be safe to say more like a work week!

The crew from MI, AAA National Director Gary Van Farowe, Bob Tejchma and Jerry Lugten arrived on Thursday and immediately set to work on finishing the installation of the new roof on the APM Fly-Market. They were joined on Friday by Harman Dickerson, Bob Edgington & Nick Hildreth. By the end of the day Saturday, the new roof was completed and the Fly-Market was cleaned, organized and ready for business.

On Sat Rick Gritters and Les Gaskill began working on an electrical project for the Hy-Vee Mess Hall and the Pilot's Pub, Dan Quinn made more progress on getting the APM’s Great Lakes ready for assembly, Marcy Taylor did some major cleaning in the APM "Library of Flight" when not busy preparing meals for the volunteers and APM Director Aaron Klugherz, Jessica Fuller and Ben Taylor completed and installed the new sign in front of AAA Headquarters. In all it was a very busy and very productive few days but there’s still much to do. If you can come help out this coming weekend (or anytime during the week as well) please let us know.

Brent Taylor

Jerry Lugten arrives in his Howard

Gary, Jerry & Bob got right to work on the Fly-Market roof.

Jerry's Howard, Yellowstone Aviation's Interstate Cadet and the APM's Great Lakes bedded down for the night in the APM Restoration Center.

Work picked up early Friday am where it had left off the night before in hopes of finishing the new roof.

The new roof almost complete.

Gary and Bob finish tying the new roof into the APM storage hangar for a water tight fit.

It looks as if Nick and Harman are ready for business at the APM Fly-Market.

Dan Quinn gets some "Air" worthy tires installed on the APM's Great Lakes

Rick Gritters arrived from Pella in his recently finished Pober Pixie

RLT looks over the progress on the new AAA Headquarters sign.

An Antique Airfield "Kerfie"!

Les "Sparky" Gaskill heads for home in his Cub after a busy day at Antique Airfield.

The new sign complete and ready to install.

Jesse, Gary, Ben & Aaron have the new sign in place and ready to secure.

Fly-In Pre-Registration Is Ending Soon!

Posted in News | August 12, 2014

The 2014 Fly-In starts in only two and a half weeks! If you're planning to attend and haven't yet pre-registered, you can save yourself time at the airfield upon arrival by pre-registering online.

If you are planning to get a hotel or car in Ottumwa during the fly-in you should ensure you get reservations very soon. Please see the Accommodations and Activities list for contact numbers and details.

1946 Taylorcraft BC-12D NC96130
Ron & Michelle Beachy
Kokomo, IN
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1946 Luscombe 8A NC45504
Jim Zazas
Carthage, NC
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1935 Waco UKC-S NC14611
Paul & Dana Osmanski
Hartford, WI
(Paul Kiddell photo)
1946 Luscombe 8A N71600
John Morrisey
Lee's Summit, MO
(Charles E. "Chuck" Stewart photo)
1947 Cessna 195 N4331N
Chris Thomsen
Plainfield, IL
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)

Northwest Missouri BBQ and Fly-In on the River August 16

Posted in Chapter News | August 12, 2014

The Northwest Missouri Chapter is holding the 14th Annual BBQ & Fly-In on the River at the Excelsior Springs Airport, August 16th 7am - 2pm. This is one of the largest single-day fly-ins in Missouri, with over 70 aircraft the last two years!

You can get full details at the chapter website or Facebook page.

Chapter members will be cleaning up and setting up at the airport Friday August 15 beginning at 9am. We of course need volunteers both days, so please attend if you can, drag your family, friends, neighbors - it will be all hands on deck!

Nebraska Chapter Minden Fly-In and Husker Hawkeye Air Tour

Posted in Members | August 12, 2014

A reminder that the Nebraska Chapter Minden Fly-In (August 22-24) and the Husker Hawkeye Air Tour (August 24 and ending on the 27th at Blakesburg) are also coming up soon, starting in just two weeks.

Information on both events is available on the Nebraska Chapter Website. Folks who pre-register on the chapter website get a free T-shirt (one per plane or car if driving).

Anyone is welcome to join for any or all of the events! Contact Todd Harders if you have further questions.

Michigan Chapter Coffeehouse at the Fly-In

Posted in News | August 12, 2014

The Dave Warren Coffee House will be open for business early every morning during the fly-in. Bring your cups; buy a cup; we'll have the coffee ready. All the proceeds from this venture goes to the APM roof fund which you'll be able to see the results of firsthand. Money raised last year helped to complete the re-roofing of the APM Fly-Market. We hope to over the next few years re-roof all the remaining APM buildings. Next will be the APM main display annex. It's a big project and we'll need everyone's support to see it completed. So bring your pockets filled with coins, cash, checks, etc. to help re-roof the APM!

Michigan AAA Chapter

Gary Van Farowe & JoAnn Denkema (pictured) along with Rosie Duckworth and Carol Van Farowe head up the popular Dave Warren Coffee House (located on the porch on the west side of AAA Headquarters) each morning during the AAA/APM Fly-in.

A popular spot, the porch and the Dave Warren Coffee House (sponsored by the Michigan AAA Chapter) are where the daily pilot briefings are held.

Interstate Cadet Down Under

Posted in Members | August 12, 2014

Interstates are featured aircraft at this year's fly-in. Peter Harlow in Black Rock, Victoria, Australia decided we need to feature an Australian Interstate in addition to the US population. Peter says: "I own the only Interstate Cadet in Australia - serial number 9, ex-US registration N28317, now Australian registered VH-VCQ - see picture attached."

2014 AAA/APM Fly-In T-Shirts

Posted in News | August 08, 2014

With the Fly-In less than a month away, it's time to preview this year's new APM Gift Shop T-Shirts.

Befitting the 2014 Fly-In theme "Stars of the Sky and Screen", our first new shirt features one of the greatest aerobatic and airshow pilots of all time, Harold Krier and the Great Lakes Special that he flew at several AAA Fly-Ins in the late 1950s.

Few remember that there was no national aerobatic contest in the U.S. in the 1950s, and virtually no air shows, the result of a deadly air show crash that happened in Flagler, Colorado in 1951. That accident stopped U.S. aerobatic competitions and severely limited most non-military air shows, when the FAA made it virtually impossible to get a show waiver. In 1958 Bob Taylor and AAA members Harold Krier, Frank Price, and Bill Adams, were able to break through the barriers and established a national aerobatic contest at the Antique Airplane Association Fly-Ins at Ottumwa, Iowa. The ultra smooth flying Harold Krier won the first three AAA Aerobatic Contests in 1958, 1959, and 1960. In 1960 Frank Price paid his own way to Czechoslovakia to become the first U.S. entry in the World Aerobatic Championships, flying his own Great Lakes Special (which is now in the APM collection).

This shirt is our salute to these AAA aerobatic pioneers. The shirt is Powder Blue, like master air showman Roscoe Turner's uniform jacket in the 1930s. On the back of the shirts is the 2014 AAA-APM FLY-IN logo.

The second 2014 Fly-In t-shirt commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Airpower Museum. Founded in 1964, the APM is a federally recognized non-profit aviation museum. While not legally connected to the Antique Airplane Association, which is a privately held membership organization owned and operated by Bob Taylor and family, the APM would not exist without its close affiliation with the AAA. The APM was built and continues to survive thanks to the generosity of the AAA membership and the guidance of the Taylor family. The APM houses historic aviation artifacts; literally thousands of aircraft manuals, drawings, books, photographs, and films; as well as vintage aircraft ... all donated by AAA members. In case you didn't know, Antique Airfield is owned jointly by the Taylor family (north of the main driveway) and the APM (south of the main driveway). The two work together to bring you the annual one-of-a-kind aviation event known as AAA-APM FLY-IN, or "Blakesburg" for short.

The majority of the 50th Anniversary APM shirts are Black, however there is also a limited number of Pink shirts being made in support of our AAA ladies and breast cancer research. On the back of the shirts is the 2014 AAA-APM FLY-IN logo.

The Interstate Cadet is one of our featured airplanes at this year's fly-in and the subject of our final shirt. Without a doubt the Interstate Cadet is one of the most underrated vintage light aircraft ever produced. Certified in 1941, its flight performance was notably superior to its already established competition (Piper, Aeronca, and Taylorcraft). The fact that the Interstate came on the market later, less than a year before Pearl Harbor, limited its success in the marketplace. About 360 civilian Cadets were produced before U.S. involvement in the war. Interstate Cadets were built in El Segundo, California and served as a basic flight trainer at many airports - including Whiteman Airport near Pacoima, California where AAA founder Bob Taylor learned to fly in Interstate Cadet NC37381, an airplane that he now owns. They were also popular in Hawaii, where an Interstate Cadet on a training flight near Pearl Harbor was attacked by a Japanese airplane on the morning of December 7, 1941 (the movie "Tora, Tora, Tora" showed a Stearman, but it was in fact an Interstate). No doubt there would have been hundreds more Interstate Cadets produced if WWII hadn't intervened. Nonetheless, the basic Interstate Cadet design lives on even today as the "Arctic Tern". Like the other shirts the 2014 AAA-APM FLY-IN logo is printed on the back.

All shirts are available at the APM Gift Shop at Antique Airfield during the Fly-In.

Fly All Over the World: Don Forbes' Flight Simulator Will Be Back at the Fly-In

Posted in News | August 08, 2014

AAA member Don Forbes will be back during the AAA/APM Fly-in with his Flight Simulator setup for young and old alike. If you want to try your hand at aircraft from Jenny's to Jets and airports from Antique Airfield to London’s Heathrow, Don can accommodate. Look for Don in the APM near the APM Gift Shop during the AAA/APM Fly-in.

Don has added side monitors to his setup to give a more accurate & complete view when flying the simulator.

Great Lakes for the Fly-In

Posted in News | August 08, 2014

This year's fly-in features Interstate and Great Lakes Aircraft. Peter Bowers of Battle Creek, MI just registered to attend with his Great Lakes 2T-1A-2.

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

1935 Stinson SR-6
Charlie Wilson
Luthersville, GA
Flown by Amos 'n' Andy
1953 Piper PA22-135 N3468A
Dan Adams
Marshalltown, IA
(Brent Taylor photo)
2004 Glastar N767JA
Jonathan Apfelbaum
Parker, CO
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1946 Stinson 108-1 N97818
Robert Sherman
Alameda, CA
(photo by Reeves)
1954 Cessna 170B N2748C
Don Jonas
Foristell, MO
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1946 Cessna 140 N90068
George Clifton
Seattle, WA
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1946 Cessna 140 N77212
Stan Hinson
Grapevine, TX
1938 Waco ACG-8 "Slobberin' Sally" NC2312
Mike Araldi
Lakeland, FL
(Matt McVicker photo)
1931 Stinson SM-6000B NC11153
Greg Herrick
Minneapolis, MN
(Dave Schober photo)
1928 Fairchild FC-2-W2 N13934
Greg Herrick
Minneapolis, MN
(Paul Stevens photo)
1952 Cessna 170B N8340A
William Weyers
Grimes, IA
(William Weyers photo)
1948 Piper PA-11 N4978H
Nick Hildreth
Red Oak, IA
1943 Stearman N2S-3 N64587
Jim Ostrich
La Mesa, CA
2014 Great Lakes by WACO 2T-1A-2 N21GL
Peter Bowers
Battle Creek, MI
(Jim Koepnick photo)