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Dave Pitcairn's Movie Star Mailwing

Posted in News | July 08, 2014

David Pitcairn's Mailwing has recently flown after an extensive restoration by the Posey Brothers. David says:

Here is a photo I took just before the first flight. We are finishing up the wing and gear fairings and other odds and ends right now. The plane was featured in the movie “Central Airport” and flown in the movie by owner Paul Mantz. The person in the photo is Mike Posey of Posey Brothers, who restored the aircraft.

Aeronca LC Project Moves to Seattle

Posted in Members | July 08, 2014

Russell Williams of Bellevue, WA recently traded a Custom Cabin Waco project for an Aeronca LC. The LC in question was formerly owned by the APM and its last flight was in 1974 on a ferry flight from California to Iowa. The AAA's Robert L. Taylor was at the controls when the engine swallowed a valve on climbout. RLT dead sticked the LC back to the launch airport in Arizona with no damage to the airplane. For the past 15 years Joe and Al Garland, in Naples, FL, have been working on the project and they've done extensive restoration work.

Joe and Al Garland, Michael Araldi of Lakeland, FL, and Russell Williams loaded the project into a truck for a move from Florida to Seattle. The project is now unloaded at Auburn WA and will get further restoration this winter.

Also in LC news, two weekends ago at the Aeronca Fly-In in Ohio, Robert Frost's freshly restored Aeronca LC made a flying appearance, restored by Paul Workman.

Rob Bach's Short Wing Piper on a Pancake Run

Posted in Members | July 08, 2014

Rob Bach is exercising his new short wing Piper. From this weekend, Rob says: "Climbing out of Palmyra, WI: a town forever linked to high quality fly-in pancakes."

They Will Come - Tribute to Robert L Taylor on His 90th Birthday

Posted in News | July 02, 2014

With a nod to inspiration from "Field of Dreams" and music courtesy of "One Six Right", a tribute to my dad and AAA Founder Robert L. Taylor on his 90th birthday. "Happy Birthday" !!!

Brent Taylor

First Flight of Hans and Sam Gautschi's Radial Powered Hatz

Posted in Members | July 02, 2014

For several years Hans and Sam Gautschi have been sending in photos of their beautifully constructed Rotec-radial powered Hatz, based in Switzerland. After a long wait for paperwork, the approvals finally came through and Sam made the first flight on June 11. Hans says that all went well, "the aeroplane flies very well and seems to have no bad habits." Congratulations to Hans and Sam!

Dick O'Reilly's Interstate Cadet Video

Posted in Members | July 02, 2014

Dick O'Reilly, based at Whiteman Airport in north Los Angeles, updated us on his Interstate Cadet:

Attached are a couple of photos of my Interstate Cadet. Below is a link to a video on my YouTube channel, flying a pretty good crosswind at Whiteman Airport. Incidentally, In 1941 Whiteman had a fleet of six Interstate Cadets in its Civilian Pilot Training program. My plane was not one of them, however. Mine, equipped with a Continental C-65 engine, was shipped from the factory in July 1942 to Kadett Aviation, Colege Station, TX. It was owned by the Defense Plant Corp., Washington, D.C., and flew at Cardwell Flying Academy. In 1945 ownership was transferred to a pair of civilian owners in Ft. Worth, TX.

By November 1945 it was in California, at a Los Angeles suburb of Rosemead. It remained in that San Gabriel Valley area for a few years and in 1950 it was a trainer at the Mt. San Antonio College aviation school, where it remained through at least 1954. In the 1960s it was based at Santa Paula Airport in Ventura County, CA, where it was rebuilt twice and sold to a couple in Fresno, CA, in California's Central Valley agricultural area. I bought it from them in 2013, when it was based in Madera, CA and had been upgraded with a Continental 0-200 engine and an elecrical system in 1996.

My home airport, Whiteman (KWHP) is in the city of Los Angeles, in the San Fernando Valley, near my residence. As can be seen in the aerial photo and in the video, it is an area dense with industrial, commercial and residential use, and is beneath the Class C airspace for Burbank Airport (KBUR). The first modification I had made to the airplane was installation of a Trig 21 Mode S transponder, the first transponder in its then 71 years of flight. As one might suspect, NC37436 has more than 6300 hours and at least six 337s for major repairs of the sort expected from damaging ground loops. I look upon the frame doublers and strut welds as its well-earned badges of courage.

Dick O'Reilly

Fly-In Registrations - Another Interstate Cadet!

Posted in News | July 02, 2014

Here are the latest registrations for Stars of the Sky and Screen, this year's AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in.

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

Just a reminder, if you are planning to attend and want to have a hotel or rental car during the event, we recommend making reservations now!

1942 Interstate S-1A "Cadet"
Richard O'Reilly
Van Nuys, CA
1946 Aeronca 7AC
Stan Myers
Linn, MO
(Charles E. "Chuck" Stewart photo)
2007 Hatz Classic
Gary Petersen
Walton, NE
(Charles E. "Chuck" Stewart photo)
1946 Luscombe 8A
Dan Schmiedt
Westminster, SC
(Photo by Elroy Hilbert)

First Flight of John Cuny's Seabee

Posted in Members | July 02, 2014

Congratulations to John Cuny on the first post-restoration flight of his Seabee. John sent us this story:

This is a photo of the first flight. Friday, June 21 we went around the pattern at Brian VanWagnen's airport. We flew about 40 min and did one takeoff and landing. Leaving the gear down, just checking for flight and engine conditions. Second flight was about a 1:40 with three landings on local lakes and flyovers at a few airfields to show that the airplane was in fact back in the air. We were greeted with lots of waving and excitement to see her back in flight status. This photo is at Jackson Airport where we refueled. Again, we were greeted with much enthusiasm. Brian is well liked in this area and known for his fine workmanship and generous help keeping the old water birds flying. Final Upholstry and detailing of the radios and engine tuning to follow. The next series of flight will be mid month July.

Oklahoma Chapter Fly-In Photos

Posted in Chapter News | July 02, 2014

Johnene Smith sent an update on the recent Oklahoma Chapter Fly-In at Pauls Valley, OK:

This years Fly-In was wonderful. Thank you to everyone that flew in and braved the crazy June weather we have been having. There were 28 airplanes that came and went. Everything went off without a hitch and everyone reported a great time. The BIG hit of the Fly-In was Shannon Sharp's BINGO! Shannon and all the players had a blast. Everyone from young to old was itching to get the next game started and see what prize was up for grabs, she even ran out of prizes.

I want to thank everyone that came and helped out in any way possible. These fly-ins couldn't happen without members helping out and doing what needs to be done. Congrats to all the award winners of the 2014 OAAA Fly-In! See ya next year and KEEP EM FLYIN!!!

2014 Fly-In Logo Emblem

Posted in News | July 02, 2014

Mike Gretz has created the new logo emblem for this year's fly-in, Stars of the Sky and Screen. Snazzy!