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Fly-In Announcement: Columbia California Biplane Fly-In

Posted in News | May 01, 2015

Join us in historic Columbia, CA for a weekend of planes, stories, and lots of fun! All Biplanes are welcome, along with any Biplane Enthusiast, Antique or otherwise!

May 8th, 9th and 10th, 2015

Columbia Airport 033

For schedule, venue, accommodations, and contact info see the Fly-In Website.

FAA Certified Replacement Hamilton-Standard Ground Adjustable Prop Hubs

Posted in News | May 01, 2015


AAA President Brent Taylor spoke with Gerd Muehlbauer, MT Propeller Founder and President, during Sun-n-Fun, and was informed they have expanded their line of approved direct replacement Hamilton Standard ground adjustable propellers to include NEW & APPROVED 5404 & 5406 series hubs and blades for SAE 20 and 30 spline engines.

Gerd also stated MT was working on replacement blades for the more common Hamilton Standard constant speed propellers used on many antique/classic aircraft.

MT Propeller & Gerd's dedication to the new manufacture of what is perhaps the hardest replacement part to find for restoration and maintenance purposes, is truly helping to "Keep the Antiques Flying"!

Parks Air College Reunion at AAA/APM Fly-In

Posted in News | May 01, 2015

Are you an AAA member planning on attending the 2015 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in September 2nd-7th?

Are you a Parks Air College alum or maybe have a family member who is?

Well then, Harman Dickerson (class of '66) would like you to attend an un-official Parks reunion/social to take place at the Fly-in.

Harman states: "This will be just an totally un-official get together, to talk over old times and share photos and other items of interest with each other. I have a couple of old films I can show."

Though not as yet set, this get-together will likely take place on Sat. Sept. 5th (time yet to be determined) in the APM "Library of Flight".

More details to follow as we have them. In the mean time, if you're a Parks alum, get out those old photos, books, test scores and memories and plan on attending.

APM April Work Weekend

Posted in News | April 27, 2015

WOW!! ......what a weekend.

Though cold, overcast & wet a large group of our loyal volunteers showed up to help get several projects in the APM accomplished.

Mike Meir & Dan Quinn begin the work of removing and storing displays in Powell Hall in preparation of a major construction project

Among those, plumbing repairs/modifications in the APM restrooms, mounting the 12 cyl Franklin engine on a new mobile display stand, inventorying several donations of books, manuals and periodicals to the APM “Library of Flight”, the razing of the N wall of Powell Hall in preparation for installation of a new wall (which is now partially framed), lots of cleaning and most notably the completion of the construction phase of the APM Restoration Center !!

You’ve read that right. In March the building was fully insulated and on Sat the last of the steel was hung inside, finishing the construction phase. Next steps are cleaning, sealing & painting the floor, installing new door seals and insulation on the Schweiss bi-fold hangar door, then installing/finishing the electrical, plumbing, heating and pneumatic systems. Making the APM Restoration Center operational is in sight but more financial support and volunteer work is needed. More on that in a minute.

Mounting the 12 cylinder Franklin engine on its new movable display stand. Ron Hodges (2nd from the left) designed and built the stand.

More major infrastructure projects are in the works for 2015, with one big one being the continued replacement of the roofs on the APM hangars. Spearheaded by AAA National Director Gary Van Farowe and the Michigan AAA chapter, last year saw a much needed new roof installed on the APM Fly-Market building. Well Gary & the MI antiquers are back this year to replace the roof on the N side of the APM display annex. That project is slated to happen in June and will tie in with the moving of the N wall in Powell Hall (per above).

But that’s not all. A lot of time was spent evaluating another much needed project we plan to have accomplished before the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in in Sept. That is the replacement of the APM main hangar door (s). Per suggestion of APM President Mike Gretz, to retain the period look and keep the costs down we will once again install sliding/track doors. Our research indicates a lot of advances in construction, serviceability and ease of operation of these type doors in the 40+ years since the APM main hangar was originally built and the doors installed.

Steve Adkisson, Ken Marth, & Luke Pieper begin hanging steel on the walls in the APM Restoration Center. Note the spray on foam insulation.

Of course all of this will take money, so the Board of Directors of the APM asks you join with us in the APM Capitol Improvement Campaign of 2015. We have joined with Personal Fundraising Website, GoFundMe to help raise the capital for these projects. If all our AAA members, website subscribers, Facebook fans and interested parties would donate but $5 or $10 we will be able to easily reach our goal of $20,000.00.

So please join with us & help us reach our goal in the APM Capitol Improvement Campaign of 2015 and get these important infrastructure projects finished in time for the 2015 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in, September 2nd – 7th.

One wall almost complete.

And please make sure when you see, meet or run into the following people, who came from IA, IL, MI & MO on a cold, overcast and wet weekend to help move the APM forward, “THANKS” for their help & dedication;

Mike Meir, Scott Anderson, Larry Phelps, Ron Hodges, Dan Quin, Steve Adkisson, Ken Marth, Luke Pieper, Rick Gritters, Mark Lancaster, Steve Hendryx, Jeff Claypool, Aaron Klugherz, Harman Dickerson, Ben Taylor, Don Parks, Harve Applegate, Steve Black, Mike Gretz, Mark Robotti, Robert Taylor, Brent Taylor & especially Marcy Taylor for feeding all the troops.

The shop in the APM Restoration Center is complete but awaits the installation of electrical, heating & pneumatic systems.

Steve Hendryx working on the steel installation around the hangar door frame.

Gary Van Farowe, Jeff Claypool & Dan Quinn begin construction on the new N wall in Powell Hall.

Cactus Fly-in - March 6th and 7th

Posted in News | January 13, 2015

The sponsors of the Cactus fly-in, the Classic Airplane Association of Arizona (CAAA), invite you to join them for the 57th Annual Cactus Fly-in at Casa Grande, AZ March 6th - 7th, 2015.

Fly-in Chairman Arv Schultz says with the move back to their traditional dates and hope for good weather, that interest is high from those already planning to attend.

In fact Barry Branin, noted Waco owner/restorer/pilot & AAA Lifetime member, has been promoting the event to Waco owners and sent the following; “The interest to attend this event is TERRIFIC! Spread the word and plan to attend. See you there.

So far I have confirmations from the following;

D. Allen Cabin
D Pyeatt F-7
D Chivens YMF
C Aldrich F-2
B Branin F-2
D Allen UMF
P Tackabury something old
L Whittlesey LWACO (twin)

Along with all the Wacos and other antique, classic, warbird, neo-classic & homebuilt aircraft to see, AAA President Brent Taylor will be the guest speaker at the awards dinner on Saturday evening and will charter the CAAA as the newest AAA chapter at that time.

Hope to see you there !!!

APM Now Signed Up for eBay Giving Works

Posted in News | January 13, 2015

The Air Power Museum (APM) is pleased to announce it's now registered with "PayPal Giving Fund" and all our members and fans can start helping support the APM through eBay Giving Works External Link program. Ergo, you can support the APM when you buy and sell on eBay. Here’s how:


You can find whatever you're looking for on eBay – from old aviation magazines and memorabilia to airplanes and more. When you do, shop for items that benefit us. You can get a great deal and support the APM's mission and programs at the same time!

So shop now & help support the APM - click this link for details.


You can also support the APM when you sell on eBay. Just designate our organization to receive 10-100% of your final sale price the next time you list something great.

Did you know that charity listings often get more bids and higher prices than regular eBay listings? Boost your sales and support our critical work while you're at it! Plus eBay gives back to you too, with a fee credit on your basic selling fees.


Don't have items you want to buy or sell? Well you can also make a direct and immediate contribution through eBay Giving Works.

Of course for all of you who might buy/sell on eBay, we hope you will sign up for this program. Thank you!

AAA Names New President

Posted in News | January 02, 2015

In July of 1953 the oldest antique airplane was fifty and not flying much. Jets were beginning to squeeze props from the sky, and airplanes from the 1920s and 30s were disappearing, some barely old enough to vote. Progress has a way of trampling the pioneers until they’re gone, which is when new generations look around wondering, "Hey, whatever happened to...?"

Sixty-one years ago Robert L. Taylor - pilot and mechanic - saw the future and saved the past. He formed the Antique Airplane Association (AAA) in Ottumwa, Iowa at a time when many of the airplanes we now consider classics hadn't even been built.

Now, after six decades serving as AAA president—longer than the leaders of any other aviation organization (EAA, AOPA, FAA...) — Bob has stepped aside to become AAA's Chairman Emeritus. At a recent AAA Board meeting, the Directors elected pilot/mechanic and AAA Executive Director, Brent Taylor, to become the new AAA President. Not since Michael took over from Vito Corleone has there been such a momentous change in leadership and, yet, one that preserves the link between past and present.

Robert L. Taylor may have handed over the reins, but you'll still find him at home on Antique Airfield in Blakesburg, Iowa, making sure this new kid "Keeps The Antiques Flying!"

Paul Berge, AAA National Director

AAA Chairman Emeritus Robert L. Taylor

Newly elected AAA President Brent Taylor

FAA Order on Historical Aircraft Type Certificates Released

Posted in News | December 15, 2014

There's important news today for the owners/restorers of antique & classic aircraft. The FAA has finally released order 8110.120 - Processing Surrendered, Abandoned, and Historical Aircraft Type Certificates.

This order (primarily the Historical Aircraft Type Certificate section) is in large part due to the efforts of US Congressman Sam Graves (MO), Aviation Foundation of America President (and AAA Lifetime member) Greg Herrick, AAA Executive Director Brent Taylor & AAA member Mike Pangia in their efforts since 2002, to allow the owners/restorers of antique/classic aircraft access to the approved data they need to restore and maintain their aircraft.

We have just started the review of this document and the section dealing with "Historical Aircraft Type Certificates" appears at first glance straight forward. However, other parts of this order seem to contain language that's contradictory and somewhat at odds within the content of order itself. We'll keep our members and fans updated, after a complete review of this FAA order.

Brent Taylor

Antique Airfield Runway At the Printers

Posted in News | December 15, 2014

The latest issue of the Antique Airfield Runway is at the printers. Included in this issue will be coverage of the 2014 AAA/APM Fly-in, Richard Zeiler's Grand Champion Travel Air D4D, news on the theme and featured aircraft for the 2015 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in & more. Look for it in your mailbox in time for the Holidays.

Join the AAA Record Breakers: 2015 AAA/APM Fly-In Announcement

Posted in News | November 13, 2014

Join the AAA Record Breakers

Featuring Curtiss Robin and Stinson 108 Aircraft
AAA/APM Invitational Fly-In, September 2-7 2015

Over the past 60+ years the Antique Airplane Association has had many members whose accomplishments and flights were officially recognized by the National Aeronautics Association (NAA) and/or the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) as record flights. That list includes such famous names as Benny Howard, E.M. "Matty" Laird, Gen. Benjamin S. Kelsey, Duane Wallace, Kenneth Hunter and others. The Board of Directors of the Antique Airplane Association & the Air Power Museum are therefore excited to announce that the 2015 AAA-APM Invitational Fly-In at Antique Airfield (September 2nd – 7th, 2015) will honor those record setting airplanes and their pilots with our "Join the AAA Record Breakers" fly-in theme.

To make the "Record Breakers" theme really come alive, we will be sending out personal invitations to all AAA members who currently own and fly antique, classic & neo-classic aircraft which were record holding aircraft, be it altitude, speed, endurance etc, or a representative type. At present we are in the process of identifying those airplanes fitting that description but already have two Curtiss Robins (one of which is a famous endurance record holder while the other was the refueling plane on four different endurance flights) promising to attend.

But what will make this event really special, is the opportunity for any AAA member in any pre-1956 aircraft (with a standard airworthiness certificate) to "Join the AAA Record Breakers". In cooperation with the NAA, any AAA member that wishes, can apply for (with the appropriate paperwork and fee to the NAA) a Sporting Performances license and set a point-to-point performance record from their home base to Antique Airfield (if at least 50nm from IA27).

Of course we're planning special recognition for those participating. From getting the checkered flag as they land (via our ATC Flagmen), to a special paddock where the official paperwork will be signed and photos taken, all are part of what's in store for those that choose to participate. We're hopeful that representatives from the NAA will be on hand as well, to act as the official observers of these flights.

We're also happy to announce that the two featured aircraft for this year's 2015 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in will be the Curtiss Robin and Stinson 108 series of aircraft. The Curtiss Robin of course is representative of the "Record Breaking" aircraft theme and will help us commemorate this colorful era of aviation history, while the Stinson 108 is representative of one the most successful post-war aircraft produced. As well, we certainly hope that some of the Stinson 108 owners will participate in becoming an "AAA Record Breaker" too.

As you can tell, we're excited about this unique opportunity to commemorate those record breaking airplanes and pilots of the past. We hope you will be able to join us in 2015 for this "Record Breaking" celebration!

Brent Taylor
Fly-in Chairman

Mike Gretz
APM President