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Movie Star Stearman Senior Speedmail to Appear At Blakesburg

Posted in News | July 08, 2014

Addison Pemberton, of Spokane, WA is going to bring his movie star Senior Speedmail to the AAA/APM Stars of the Sky and Screen Invitational Fly-In.

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

Addison says: I am going to bring my 1931 4DM-1 Stearman Senior Speedmail to Blakesburg for the fly in this year as part of the movie theme. Our Speedmail was featured in the Shirley Temple movie "Bright Eyes." In this movie Shirley sings "The Good ship Lollipop."

Husker Hawkeye Air Tour

Posted in Chapter News | July 08, 2014

Between the Nebraska Chapter Fly-In at Minden and the AAA/APM fly-in at Blakesburg, the Nebraska Chapter sponsors the Husker Hawkeye Air Tour, August 24 to August 27. The Air Tour is reorganized this year with many changes including airtour hosts for better organization and New vans donated by Big John’s Ford in Minden.

Sunday August 24: Hangar picnic at Todd Harders Hangar, Cairo, NE

Monday August 25: Tour Classic Car museum and visit Cabelas followed by lunch in Kearney NE

Monday afternoon: depart Minden for Norfolk NE for evening meal at Barnstormers restaurant (they are planning a special bbq cookout for us) and over night at local motel

Tuesday August 26: Depart Norfolk for Blair NE for some glider rides and dual instruction weather permitting.

Tuesday afternoon depart Blair for Red Oak IA for tours by Nick Hildreth followed by a airport picnic and over night in local motel.

Wednesday August 27: Depart Red Oak for Blakesburg IA for the AAA/Apm 2014 flyin

For more information on the Airtour or flyin please go to or call Todd Harders, Nebraska AAA president at (308) 380-5079.

Nebraska Chapter Fly-In at Minden Nebraska

Posted in Chapter News | July 08, 2014

The Nebraska Chapter is holding their 33rd Annual Fly-In August 22-24 at Minden Nebraska. The fly-in is also the kickoff to the Hawkeye-Husker Air Tour which ends at Blakesburg in time for the AAA/APM fly-in August 27.

The schedule for the Nebraska Chapter Fly-in is:

Friday August 22nd

  • Noon lunch for early arrivals
  • Registration opens at 2 pm
  • Evening Cream Can meal for registered guests
  • President’s reception

Saturday August 23rd

  • Aviators breakfast (no pancakes here!)
  • Noon hamburger cookout
  • Judging closes at 3 pm
  • Evening banquet
  • Awards ceremony

Sunday August 24th

  • Fun flying and departures for those not going on airtour
  • Visit Pioneer Village museum
  • Flyin officially ends and Airtour begins

Special motel rate of only $45 per night. For more information go to or call Todd Harders, Nebraska AAA President at (308) 380-5079

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)