With just a little over a week to go until the start of the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in (Aug 29th - Sept. 3rd) much has been accomplished in preparation for the event, yet much needs to be done.
Since late July a group of volunteers have been showing up to help prepare the facilities, the grounds and even some of the APM aircraft for the event. We're asking for additional support to help prepare the airfield; please read on!
The volunteers who've been readying the field are:
Tim & LuVerne Verhoeven
Aaron & Shannon Klugherz
Jeff & Kim Claypool
Mark & Terri Lancaster
RLT, Ben, Marcy and Brent Taylor
While there have been no major projects with which to contend this year, there is still the usual cleaning and field prep work to accomplish in the next 9 days.
This weekend will be last minute preparations and the annual mowing party, so that the field is ready by the time the fly-in starts on Wednesday August 29. We hope to see new volunteers to help prepare Antique Airfield for the fly-in that we all love. So with the coming weekend and the annual mowing party, we hope to see a larger cadre of volunteers on hand to help in the final push.
If you can come help, please let us know to help plan for food & refreshments, and we hope to see you this coming weekend.
Mark Lancaster, Ken Marth, Teri Lancaster, Luke Pieper & Ben Taylor working on the back porch addition to the Pilots Pub.
Holly Vanorny, Marcy Taylor & Jessie Fryer working on getting the APM Gift Shop ready.
Steve Adkisson & Marc Robotti confer on the APM Corben Baby Ace.
Jeff Claypool working on the APM Ryan STA.
A combined AAA/APM Board of Directors meeting was held the first Sat in Aug., to finalize plans for the Fly-in.
Ben Taylor, Scott Burbank & Jim Schreier getting the Dave Warren Coffee House put together.
Luke Pieper & Ken Marth at work finishing up the installation of the air compressor & air lines in the APM Restoration Center.
Scott, Jim & Ben working on building some wing stands.
The hay has been cut & bailed, and the field is ready to be mowed and trimmed for the fly-in.
The Adkisson Hangar "Buy-a-Foot" campaign, to finance the rebuilding and reassembly of the late Earl "Skeezix" Adkisson’s 45’ x 48’ hangar has reached a major milestone!
But to review a bit before we get to that news, the hangar is a Butler Building, which should make reassembly relatively easy since it bolts together. However, a new foundation, new steel siding and roofing will be needed to allow for and complete the re-assembly.
Starting with "seed money" in the amount of $6080.00 from several AAA members, two AAA Chapters, Tom Frasca and the Pella Rollscreen Foundation, donations have been steady, with each square foot of the 2,160 square foot facility sold at a tax deductible donation of $30 per.
We are most pleased to announce, we have topped $25K with 38+% of the available space bought and paid for.
That amount will allow us to move ahead and construct the foundation for the hangar. That work will begin asap after the conclusion of the 2018 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in!
Of note, as with all APM projects, the Board of Directors policy is to never take on any debt with projects such as the Restoration Center, and the Adkisson Hangar for example. That policy has kept the APM solvent and moving forward since it’s founding in 1964, while many other aviation museums have struggled and failed over the last four plus decades!
While the APM may complete such projects in steps as we have the funding for, projects such as the Adkisson Hangar will continue to be totally paid for upon completion.
That is why I hope you will join with the directors, volunteers and donors to the Adkisson Hangar "Buy-a-Foot" campaign, and help us reach a goal of having this campaign at least 50% funded by the start of the 2018 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in!
That equates to having 1080 sq ft. (of the total available 2160 sq. ft.) bought and paid for, at a total of $32,400.00.
Presently, we have sold 838 sq ft., so another 242 sg ft., or $7260.00, is needed to reach this interim goal.
And whether you buy just one sq. ft. or 100, it all helps! We hope you'll join with us to reach this goal and complete another big step in the Adkisson Hangar Project.
So, if you are ready to help make the APM Adkisson Hangar a reality, click here to buy a foot online or send your check or MO to the APM "Buy a Foot" campaign at 22001 Bluegrass Rd. Ottumwa, IA 52501.
Just think, won’t it be great upon completion to have Harold Krier’s DeHavilland Chipmunk and the Jocelyn/Price/Baron Great Lakes as the center pieces of this new facility?
Back on July 15th, 2015, I sent the following bullet points memo to Mark Baker, President of the AOPA. We had been discussing working together in an attempt to obtain relief for owners of antique and classic aircraft from the upcoming ADS-B requirements slated to go in effect on January of 2020.
Based upon the following criteria, exemption from the installation of ADS-B equipment should be granted to the following antique/classic aircraft:
I. ATC & Group 2 aircraft with a pre-1942 approval date (through ATC #748)
II. Plus the following aircraft originally approved via their ATC without installation of an electrical system (passive or active)
ATC #749 Ryan PT-22
ATC #751 Aeronca O-58
ATC #759 Aeronca 7AC
ATC #761 Aeronca 11AC
ATC #800 Piper PA-15
ATC #803 Mooney M-18-L and M-18-C
ATC #805 Piper PA-17
III. Reason for exemption:
A. The vast majority of these aircraft were originally issued an ATC without an electrical (passive or active) system installation.
In total numbers, make up a small percentage of the active GA fleet.
Are flown almost exclusively VFR & during daylight hours only.
Are flown primarily for recreation and display at various Fly-ins, Airshows and other aviation events.
Are flown a limited amount of hours yearly.
Are not flown for hire or commercial purposes.
In total, make up a small percentage of aircraft based or flown within class A,B or C airspace.
Installation would be difficult based upon:
Lack of approved shielded electrical harnesses & spark plugs to replace original/approved non-shielded ignition harnesses & spark plugs
Lack of approved electrical systems and components that would have enough capacity for installation.
Limited instrument panel and cockpit space.
Would destroy originality and value.
Lack of approved and acceptable data would make approvals/installations on an individual basis,
time consuming, expensive and difficult.
President, Antique Airplane Association
Though it has taken time and effort since, I am happy to report a major step forward in those efforts.
The following is the current language of FAR 91.225 (the ADS-B FAR). Please note paragraph (e), which is highlighted below:
§91.225, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out equipment and use.
(d) After January 1, 2020, and unless otherwise authorized by ATC, no person may operate an aircraft in the following airspace unless the aircraft has equipment installed that meets the requirements in paragraph (b) of this section:
Class B and Class C airspace areas;
Except as provided for in paragraph (e) of this section, within 30 nautical miles of an airport listed in appendix D, section 1 to this part from the surface upward to 10,000 feet MSL;
Above the ceiling and within the lateral boundaries of a Class B or Class C airspace area designated for an airport upward to 10,000 feet MSL;
Except as provided in paragraph (e) of this section, Class E airspace within the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia at and above 10,000 feet MSL, excluding the airspace at and below 2,500 feet above the surface; and
Class E airspace at and above 3,000 feet MSL over the Gulf of Mexico from the coastline of the United States out to 12 nautical miles.
(e) The requirements of paragraph (b) of this section do not apply to any aircraft that was not originally certificated with an electrical system, or that has not subsequently been certified with such a system installed, including balloons and gliders. These aircraft may conduct operations without ADS-B Out in the airspace specified in paragraphs (d)(2) and (d)(4) of this section. Operations authorized by this section must be conducted—
Outside any Class B or Class C airspace area; and
Below the altitude of the ceiling of a Class B or Class C airspace area designated for an airport, or 10,000 feet MSL, whichever is lower.
To cut to the chase:
1. The regulation 14 CFR 91.225(e) allows aircraft not certificated with an electrical system, including balloons and gliders, not equipped with ADS-B Out to operate within 30 nautical miles of a Class B primary airport—basically, within its Mode C veil—while remaining outside of any Class B or Class C airspace. Operationally the ADS-B Out rules mirror the transponder equipage requirements in 14 CFR 91.215.
2. Per the AOPA; “The legal interpretation confirms that the same aircraft excluded from the transponder requirement are excluded from the ADS-B Out equipage requirement”. “That means aircraft subsequently equipped with batteries or an electric starter would not be required to equip for ADS-B Out.”
While 91.225 will not exempt all antique & classic aircraft, we feel it will provide relief for the majority of those aircraft as listed per my original memo/request. Plus, we will continue to pursue avenues for further exemptions if need be.
We’d like to “Thank” all those involved at the AOPA in this effort, especially Mark Baker (President & AAA #M-25727), Jim Coon (Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Advocacy), Justin Barkowski (Director of Regulatory Affairs), and Rune Duke (Director of Government Affairs, Airspace and Air Traffic)