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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 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
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
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
Michael Bowen
Pendleton, SC
2015 Taylorcraft "ClipT" N90TN
Trevor Niemyjski
Franksville, WI
1929 Travel Air D4D “Sky Siren”
Richard Zeiler
Thousands Oaks, CA
1939 Spartan Executive 7W
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.

Bob Lock's Champ

Posted in Members | July 07, 2015

Bob Lock updated us on his Champ:

Planning on test flight of Champ on my birthday. Getting close to finishing and need a deadline. Just completed restoring the old windshield to like new by polishing for most of the day. Installing wing gap fairings. Need to order seat cushions and finish nose cowl and paint.

Howard Cox's V-77 Assembly First Flight

Posted in Members | July 07, 2015

Howard Cox of Bideford, UK flew his V-77 at the end of June at Hoogeveen, The Netherlands. Howard says:

For assembly, we used two gantry frames with hoists and with a wood frame spanning 3 ribs at approx the point of balance. One guy on a platform at the tip just to hold steady with no real effort required.

First wing took about 20 min to learn the method and the second was done in 10. The work was done at ATN Aviation at Hoogeveen and these lads include the owners of ATN ( Jac and Hans van Egmond ) and their friends who come round on Saturdays.

Under covers are fuselages of Vultee PTxx trainers being rebuilt. If you ever are in Holland then make a side visit here and away from the flesh pots of Amsterdam. Some interesting aircraft here.

Relax! A New Brent Taylor Productions Video

Posted in News | July 07, 2015

Well here it is, the latest Brent Taylor Productions​ video!

Join us for a relaxing Saturday afternoon at Antique Airfield.