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Windstorm at Antique Airfield, Request for Help Cleaning Up

Posted in News | July 24, 2015

A strong storm blew through Antique Airfield today, and AAA Director Brent Taylor called with an update.

Nobody was hurt and no airplanes were damaged, however trees are down around the airfield and there is damage to the roofing on several buildings. The internet antenna got blown down and lines are down, so currently Antique Airfield HQ is not reachable on email or phone.

If you can spare time on Saturday, Brent is asking for volunteers to come to the field Saturday morning for cleanup and repair, including tree and debris removal and roof repair.

Thank you to any volunteers who can help!

Runway Cinema at the 2015 Fly-In

Posted in News | July 22, 2015

APM Directors Steve Black and Aaron Klugherz, the purveyors of Antique Airfield's "Runway Cinema" program, are pleased to announce the schedule of aviation movies showing at the 2015 fly-in.

Join us nightly (8:30pm) at the APM Restoration Center for classic aviation movies shown outdoors under the stars. (Please access the Restoration Center via the east side of the Fly Market building.)

Wednesday September 2

This Island Earth

Prepare to blast off from planet Earth in one of the most popular classic science fiction films of all time! Atomic scientist Dr. Meacham is chosen, along with the gorgeous Dr. Adams, by the inhabitants of the planet Metaluna to do research that will help save their dying planet. However an evil scheme is uncovered by the suspecting Dr. Meacham when he discovers the Metalunan's plan to take over Earth.

As he and Dr. Adams make their escape by flying away in a Stinson 108, their aircraft is drawn up by a bright beam into a flying saucer. Will interstellar negotiation save the day or will the scientists be forced to take part in a treacherous battle to the death? The film was praised by critics for its special effects, well-written script and eye-popping color.

1955 Universal-International
Cast: Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason, Lance Fuller, Russell Johnson
And Stinson 108-1 Voyager N97422

Thursday September 3

The Great Air Race

In 1934 air travel was ready for a new challenge. Self-made millionaire Sir MacPherson Robertson decided it was time to put £50,000 of his own money on the line – announcing an air race destined to revitalize the aviation industry - a 12,000 mile journey from London to Melbourne, Australia – testing pilot and plane alike, The Great Air Race tells the remarkable true story of many of the pioneering pilots from around the world who participated in this historical event.

Umbrella Entertainment 1990
Cast: Kirk Alexander, David Amett, Tristan Amiel, Duke Bannister, John Benton

Friday September 4

The Crowded Sky

A U.S. Navy jet piloted by Captain Dale Heath runs into trouble as soon as it is in the air. With both his radio and navigation system disabled, Heath has no way of knowing that he is on a collision course with a Douglas DC-7 commercial airliner full of passengers. A tense air traffic controller knows the sky is full of danger as the two aircraft hurtle toward disaster. There are only moments for the controller to find some way to communicate with the jet, and even less time for the pilots to react to the emergency. Film rights to the novel The Crowded Sky - written by a former US Navy flyer - were sold before it was even published.

1960 Warner Brothers
Cast: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr, Anne Francis, Keenan Wynn, Troy Donahue

Saturday September 5

Pearl

Raised in the late 1920's in Marlow, Oklahoma, Pearl Carter Scott, a spunky 12 year old Pearl soars as she befriends world renowned pilot Wiley Post, which introduces her to a love for flying and to becoming the youngest pilot in American aviation history. Beautifully filmed, impeccably portrayed, "Pearl" features the aircraft of several Antique Airplane Association members, including a Curtiss Robin, Travel Air 4000, and New Standard.

2009 The Chickasaw Nation
Cast: Elijah DeJesus, Andrew Sensenig, Angela Gair, Cameron Rostami, Micah Hart, Paden Brown, Sean Cain, Isabel Archuletta, Tom H. Orr

Click for Original Movie Trailer

Another Stinson Registered for the Fly-In

Posted in News | July 22, 2015

Another Stinson 108, our featured aircraft type for the 2015 Fly-In, has pre-registered for the fly-in.

There's plenty of time for you to send in your registration! Click here to register

1946 Cessna 140 N90068
George Clifton
Seattle, WA
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1947 Aeronca 11BC "Cousin Eddie" N4022E
Travis Gregory
Ames, IA
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1947 Stinson 108-2 N9502K
Winn & Carolyn Baker
Darien, GA
(Charles E. "Chuck" Stewart photo)
1946 Cessna 140 N72481
Gary L. Greenland
Three Springs PA
1940 Aeronca 65CA N29433
Frants Madsen
Sun City West, AZ
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1939 Aeronca LA-65 NC24228
Ray Robinson
Nevada, IA
1944 Stinson V-77 N79132
Kenneth Dye
Marshfield, MA
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1999 Wittman W-10 Tailwind N190B
Mark & Mary White
Vero Beach, FL
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1956 Cessna 180 N6555A
Jim Densmore
Colorado Springs, CO
(Dave Miller photo)
   

Great News for Owners of Antique & Classic Aircraft from Butler-Brown Insurance

Posted in News | July 22, 2015

Butler-Brown Insurance announced last week that the hull rates for members of the AAA have been reduced again. This is the 2nd time in 5 years that the rates have decreased. Lisa Alderson, Aviation Manager for Butler-Brown Insurance, explains, “We will base our rates on the experience of the members of the Antique Airplane Association”.

We reduced rates in 2012 and because of the good experience, we have reduced them again effective July 1, 2015. In fact, the rates are about 25% less than they were in 1988. We hope that the members of the Antique Airplane Association will take this opportunity to evaluate the value of their aircraft and be certain that they are insured to value. The program for members of the Antique Airplane Association was established in 1978 and continues to be one of the most successful programs for owners of antique & classic in the industry.

Coverage cannot be bound or changed unless and until confirmed by Butler-Brown Insurance.

Contact Lisa at Butler-Brown Insurance at 641-673-8603.

2015 Fly-In Logo

Posted in News | July 22, 2015

APM Director Mike Gretz has published the logo for this year's fly-in, and it is a great one in keeping with the theme of "Join the AAA Record Breakers" featuring Curtiss Robin and Stinson 108 Aircraft.

Vic Poulos's Stinson and Great Lakes

Posted in Members | July 22, 2015

Vic Poulos from Anthony, NM sent photos of his aircraft:

I enjoy the AAA newsletter and thank you for keeping things together there! I have attached a couple pictures of my airplanes for your website or other use. One is a 1981 Great Lakes 2T-1A and the Stinson is a 1937 SR-9C. Both fly great and the weather here in southern New Mexico allows for flying year round. Keep up the good work! VIC POULOS

Tiger Moth First Flight

Posted in Members | July 22, 2015

Gary Lust wrote: "After 23 years she flies again. Hope to have it at the fly-in."

Mike Araldi's Bucker Project

Posted in Members | July 22, 2015

Michael Araldi of Greenswamp, FL sent photos on his latest airplane project which he's finishing up, a Bucker Jungmann. Michael's story is:

It's a 1950 Casa built Bucker Jungman that I bought out of Georgia. Don't know much about its history. It was converted into a hot rod with a IO 360 by Van White from Lubbock, Texas in July 1991. It's the first Airplane I've ever bought sight unseen. It came to me highly recommended and had a day old annual from a prominent shop in Atlanta. How bad could it be.....right ??

Unfortunately ideas of airworthy differ....lol. Big lesson learned!! When the plane showed up, I almost died. No worries, I'm a big boy and took my medicine. Flew it a couple of times and tore it down. Engine was toast, the attached pictures speak for the airframe. When I cut the fabric off of the wings, pieces literally fell on the ground ! I had just finished rebuilding the Waco and my Great Lakes and the last thing I wanted to do was rebuild the Bucker.

Well just about 2 years later, a brand new set of Joe Krybus wings and ailerons, a new Trig radio and Transponder and a Dynon EFIS, the Bucker and I are friends again!! At the end of the day my OCD would never have allowed me any rest until the Bucker was "new" again anyway. No harm, No foul!! All is well here at the Swamp. The Clipwing is a hoot, Seabee is loving life, the Curtiss is a Religious experience. Should have the Bucker and Clipwing at Blakesburg!

Stinson and Curtiss Robin Featured Aircraft Registrations for Fly-In

Posted in News | July 07, 2015

Two Stinsons and a Curtiss Robin, our featured aircraft types for the 2015 Fly-In, have pre-registered for the fly-in. And a whole lot more as you can see below.

There's plenty of time for you to send in your registration! Click here to register

1942 Stearman PT-17 N62134
Todd & Tabatha Harders
Cairo, NE
(Charles E. "Chuck" Stewart photo)
1946 Beech D18S N127ML
Justin Niemyjski
Racine, WI
(Brent Taylor photo)
1981 Hatz CB-1
NX8032Y
Jeff Cain
Denver, CO
2009 Hatz CB-1 NX1279
Mark Lightsey
Riverside, CA
(Dave Miller photo)
1938 Fairchild 24J NC19177
Mark Lancaster
Ottumwa, IA
1960 Piper PA-18 N3678Z
Joe Norris
Oshkosh, WI
1948 Aeronca 15AC Sedan NC1003H
Suzy Kryzanowicz
Bay City, MI
1948 Aeronca 15AC Sedan NC1182H
Dennis Toepke
Port Angeles, WA
1973 Great Lakes 2T-1A-1 N503GL
Jerry Morelock
Omaha, NE
(Dave Miller photo)
1952 Cessna 170B N8340A
William Weyers
Grimes, IA
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
2007 Wittman Tailwind W-10 N155SW
Karen Monteith
Wichita, KS
(photo courtesy of the Tailwind Forum)
1944 Boeing Stearman N2S-5
N75NM
Nick Mirales
Prince Frederick, MD
2004 Glastar N767JA
Jonathan Apfelbaum
Parker, CO
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1948 Stinson 108-3 NC6183M
Karl Reik
Ft. Thomas, KY
1929 Curtiss Robin C-1 NC781M
Wright J6-5
Chris Buerk
West Ossipee, NH
1946 Luscombe 8E
N90435
Michael Bowen
Pendleton, SC
2015 Taylorcraft "ClipT" N90TN
Trevor Niemyjski
Franksville, WI
1929 Travel Air D4D “Sky Siren”
NC472N
Richard Zeiler
Thousands Oaks, CA
1939 Spartan Executive 7W
NC17634
Jim Savage
Gibsonia, PA
(G.R.Dennis Price photo)
1953 Piper PA22-135 N3468A
Dan Adams
Marshalltown, IA
(Brent Taylor photo)

Antique Airfield Runway Update

Posted in News | July 07, 2015

If you're planning on attending the 2015 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in, you may be concerned about the condition of the N-S runway, especially after the abuse of last years Fly-in left it in much less than ideal condition.

Well after the Fly-in was over and our weather pattern changed to a drier one, we were able to smooth a lot of the ruts and get the sod coming back before the onset of winter.

Once spring arrived we again set to work with our sod drag, a roller and our Bad Boy mower to continue the work of getting the runway back in nominal shape.

It should be noted that once the Fly-in was over last year and we were able to get to work on it , its been usable and used throughout these past ten months.

While work will continue on the runway right up until the beginning of the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in on Sept. 2nd, we’re happy to report that the runway is in good shape and improving.

We’ve hauled in several loads of good dirt (via the chair of our Fly-in Security volunteers, Denny Whitson) for the ramp in front of AAA HQ, Hangars 1 & 2, as well as for the N-S runway. Ben Taylor & Barry Taylor have spent a lot of time leveling up the dirt using our sod drag, preparing it for and seeding all those areas. We still have a couple more loads of dirt needed on the N half of the runway and one or two loads needed on the very S end but we plan to have that project taken care of by the end of next week (weather permitting).

To give you a bit of perspective five ton of good fill dirt is $100 and 20 lbs. of grass seed is $50. Twenty tons of dirt and forty pounds or so of grass seed have gone down in the damaged areas of the ramp and runway so far with at least another 15 tons of dirt to go.

Expenses like that are the reason we started the 2015 APM Capital Campaign. Thanks to all who have donated so far!

Denny Whitson spreading one of several loads of dirt on the most tore up areas of the N-S runway. this area has now been smoothed, seeded and grass is coming up.

An overhead shot of IA27 from late June, shows how green and full the grass and ground cover is. The runway is in good shape and we’re working hard to have it back in great shape by the AAA/APM Fly-in.

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