Chuck Doyle and Matt Younkin got some great formation flying in on their way to the 2009 Fly-In. Click the photos for enlargements. Photos by Adam Glowaski.
Posted in Members | September 21, 2009
Posted in Chapter News | September 21, 2009
Posted in Members | September 21, 2009
To go with his still photos, Rob Bach also took a video of the Pitcairn Autogiro taking off. There are also some Slo-Mo versions if you're interested, click on the related videos at the end of this video.
Posted in News | September 20, 2009
The dance to get the APM's SeaBee flying and home from Charles City, IA continues. APM Director Mark Robotti had spent the weekend before the AAA/APM fly-in at Charles City attending to the left over items to get the "bee" finished up. While he was able to get the "Bee" started it would not remain running.
At the AAA/APM Fly-in this matter was discussed with several experienced Franklin and SeaBee owner/mechanics. It was thought that the trouble most likely pointed to problems with the dual fuel pumps that provide fuel to the 215hp Franklin engine that powers the SeaBee.
Flash ahead to Sep. 19th. Yours truly along with Cliff Hatz and Mark Robotti rendezvoused in Charles City and began to explore the problem. As it turns out the fuel flow problem was a combination of plugged vents and some problems with the gasculator. These were quickly remedied and the "Bee" came to life. After a lunch break we again ran the "Bee", taxied it a bit as well, and proceeded to accomplish a compression check and oil change. Once completed the airplane was buttoned up and taxi tests in anticipation of test flying the aircraft were undertaken. Those taxi tests were going well until the tail wheel tube and tire failed.
Now for the interesting part. Of course this had to happen as far away from the hangar/shop as possible so the airport tug was recruited to tow the "Bee" back to the hangar. We tried mounting the flattened tailwheel assembly on a board to act as a skid but that did not work well. After careful examination we determined that if done slowly, the airplane could be towed on the ruined tire and tube with no more damage to the wheel than already had been done. So slowly the airport tug began the trip back to the hangars with the "Bbee" in tow. About halfway back another "situation" arose when the tug ran out of fuel!! A quick trip to get fuel for the tug proved to be fruitless as it refused to start (must be another fuel pump problem). So now we have the SeaBee and the tug stuck on the taxiway. What to do ? Why call Redneck Aircraft Towing Services Inc. of course.
The SeaBee is once again in the hangar at Charles City and we plan a return shortly with a new 10 SC wheel, tire and tube to install and at last get the "Bee" back in the air.
P.S. By the way, the identity of the PIC for the above taxi tests shall remain anonomous. All I will say is that I was taking the pictures!
Posted in News | September 20, 2009
AntiqueAirfield.com has published videos for more than a year, but it has been hard to find videos as they scrolled off the bottom of the homepage. Troubles no longer! On the left menu there's now a Videos link which will take you a preview of all the videos on the site. Enjoy!
Posted in Members | September 20, 2009
Posted in Chapter News | September 20, 2009
Posted in News | September 17, 2009
The 2009 AAA/APM Fly-in has come and gone, and though we are still accessing all the facts and figures, it appears by any indicator to have been another great success. From the weather, to the number of airplanes and people, it was a safe enjoyable event with lots of flying, fun and fellowship.
While it may appear to the casual and long term attendee alike that our volunteer's efforts provide a smooth running seamless event, there are always problems before, during and after the fly-in that challenge and tax our abilities. Some of those problems are simply due to the laws of probability. One simply can not put that many people, planes etc. in one spot at one time and not have "issues". We here at the AAA/APM strive to keep these problems to a minimum and feel that we do a good job as indicated by the positive feedback we receive as well as by the continued increased attendance over the last several years. Simply put, we must be doing something right!!
There's Always a But...
However this year we seem to have a created a controversy that threatens to slow the progress of the APM Restoration Center. That controversy is over the location where this facility is to be built. Following then is a factual attempt at explaining why the APM Restoration Center is to be constructed on the same location as the old motor pool, which was adjacent to both the APM storage hangar and the Fly-Market/Bunkhouse.
We also hope this will answer those questions voiced by a few concerned individuals during the fly-in and stop the rumors that threaten positive progress for the APM and all those who continue to support it's programs and goals.
Cutting Through the Confusion
Before we get to the specifics about the future APM Restoration Center, we once again need to go over the makeup of Antique Airfield and whom owns what etc.
Antique Airfield is a privately owned, operated airport that receives no federal state or local monies. It is comprised of 177 acres near Blakesburg, Iowa owned by members of the Taylor family (Robert, Brent & Marcy Taylor, and Holly Beck) and the Air Power Museum Inc. The Taylor family (primarily Robert Taylor) collectively own 147 acres of the property that makes up Antique Airfield. The Air Power Museum Inc. owns the other 30 acres. The property line is basically the main driveway that runs E-W between AAA Headquarters and the Air Power Museum facilities. Property to the N of the driveway is owned by the Taylors and is zoned as commercial property, while the property to the S of that driveway is APM property and is tax exempt.
I point this out due to the one suggestion we heard, that an alternative to the chosen site for the APM Restoration Center be Hangar #2. Hangar #2 is N of the main driveway, ergo it is on property owned by Robert Taylor. There really is no sense nor advantage to either leasing that facility from Robert Taylor nor buying it outright. First off the APM's tax exempt status would not extend to that property and there would be a yearly tax liability (expense) to the APM due to that property being zoned as commercial property. There is no such tax liability on the APM's property, all of which is tax exempt. Secondly, if the APM Restoration Center were housed in Hangar #2, what would be done with the privately owned aircraft that are currently housed there? Also where would we house our fly-in catering service (Hy-Vee), as is presently done in that facility? These are just a few of several reasons that Hangar #2 is impractical for use as the APM Restoration Center.
This Isn't Our First Rodeo
The above western colloquialism certainly applies to our experience and ability at hosting fly-ins, large and small, here at Antique Airfield. We have been doing just that since 1970. In those past thirty nine years we have strived to manage and host events that are safe as well as fun. We believe our record stands for itself in that regard.
Therefore you can be certain that we would not build a structure that in any way compromises operational safety during the AAA/APM Fly-in nor any other events held here at Antique Airfield.
We did not make the decision to place the APM Restoration Center on the site of the former motor pool lightly. There was a lot of discussion at APM Board meetings over the last year. As part of those discussions, photographs, measurements, elevations, and alternative locations were gone over time and time again. But this project needed to move forward or risk paralysis by analysis. So decisions were made by the APM Board and we are now well down the path to turn this wonderful idea into a reality.
Perhaps as we began to structure the program to promote and construct this facility we should have been more aware of people's potential concerns as to the location of the APM Restoration Center. Frankly, we didn’t see that coming. Had we been better prepared at the fly-in to explain how this structure can be built while maintaining, and possibly even increasing, our margin of safety for operation into and out of Antique Airfield, we would not find ourselves in a defensive position now working against rumors. We'd like to let the facts shown below speak for themselves.
The Facts on Runway Clearance
So if you have followed along to this point, we will show you that the building of the APM Restoration Center will not adversely affect the operation and safety of aircraft and pilots into and out of Antique Airfield.
From an operational standpoint the bottle neck or choke point of all flight line operations is at the corner of the APM's Main Museum hangar. From the corner of that hangar to the edge of the runway is 63 ft. The corner of that building is also the halfway mark for the N-S runway, as well as the blind spot for access to the S end of the runway or adjacent taxiway.
The location of the future APM Restoration Center will be on the site of the former motor pool. That structure was in place from at least 1993 until it was razed earlier this year to make room for the APM Restoration Center. The NW corner of that structure was always 60 ft from the edge of the N-S runway (see satellite image above). We operated for at least fifteen years with that structure in place with no problems or complaints about it being a hazard.
I should note here that a lot has been said about the operation of large aircraft (twins, tri-motors etc.) that have frequented Antique Airfield over the years and how the new structure will interfere with those operations. When those aircraft are taxiing, landing or taking off, we have always kept other aircraft from taxiing around the buildings or landing. Furthermore we taxi those large aircraft directly out and onto the runway until S of the fly-market where they can safely access the taxiway. This method of handling these large aircraft has worked throughout the years and there is no reason to believe that the building of the APM Restoration Center will change that.
Back to the Restoration Center: The old motor pool was a 60 x 30 ft structure. The new APM Restoration Center will be a 68 x 40 ft structure. Therefore the new structure will extend ten feet further to the west (towards the runway) than the structure most have taxied by unnoticed for at least the last fifteen years.
To compensate for that loss of ten feet we plan to do the following: First move the north end of the runway to the east ten ft while simultaneously moving the south end of the runway to the west ten ft. At the point of closest approach to the restoration center, this yields two feet of clearance. Second, shift the whole runway to the west by ten ft, resulting in a cumulative gain of 12ft. There is a third option to gain yet more room that we may give consideration to in the future as well.
So by adjusting the runway per the two items above we will then get the following clearances:
It should be noted that moving the runway here at Antique Airfield is a simple operation involving moving the marker cones and mowing the area affected.
Doesn't Everyone Like a Happy Ending?
So I hope you can see from above that the APM Board has carefully considered the impact this facility will have on our operations and made their decisions based on consideration of all options available before going ahead with this project.
As donations to this project have rolled in we have received many positive comments as well. For instance:
So we hope that the above explanations may inform and encourage you enough to join with those individuals, AAA chapters and corporations that have donated or pledged nearly $28,000.00 dollars to this project to date.
Posted in News | September 17, 2009
Looks like we made a mistake and didn't quite find the absolute youngest pilot for the Butler-Brown youngest pilot award at the 2009 Fly-In. Amy Gesch of Hartford, WI, let us know our mistake: she's 19 years old and flew in with a 1938 J-3 Cub belonging to Steve and Sharon Krog. This airplane is a working airplane that's actively used for instruction, and it is going to be the cover model for the 2010 EAA calendar. Amy also flew it to Sentimental Journey in 2009.
Both Amy and 21 year old David Bates deserve recognition, so we'll have co-youngest pilots for 2009. It is great to see young pilots flying in, and again our apologies to Amy for missing her the first time!
Posted in Chapter News | September 14, 2009
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