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Chapter Newsletters for May

Posted in Chapter News | April 29, 2008

Here are Chapter Newsletters for May:

In-depth Review of new AC 43.13-2B

Posted in News | April 25, 2008

We have begun a more in-depth look/review of AC 43.13-2B and find at present it is not as wide spread in scope as first thought. It is however a definite step in the right direction and being an Advisory Circular it will be easier to amend or add to than an FAR.

At present with exception of Chapter 1 (which I will comment on later in this update) the scope of this document covers a limited number of alterations. The list of alterations covered in this AC include the following;

  1. Communication, Navigation and Emergency Locator Transmitter System Installations
  2. Antenna Installation
  3. Anticollision and supplementary light Installation
  4. Ski Installation
  5. Oxygen System Installations in Non-Pressurized Aircraft
  6. Rotorcraft External-Load-Device Installations, Cargo Slings and External Racks
  7. Glider and Banner Tow-Hitch Installations
  8. Shoulder Harness Installations
  9. Aircraft Battery Installations
  10. Adding or Relocating Instruments
  11. Cargo Tiedown Device Installations

As for Chapter 1, Structural Data, more study is required and will be on going but paragraphs #106 (Materials and Workmanship), #107 (Material Strength, Properties & Design Values), #108 (Fasteners) hold possibilities of being able to use this AC in at least airframe alterations other than what is listed above. At least to some degree but more study is required.

This AC does not appear to provide for alterations in the area of powerplants installation or accessories at this point. Still all in all this is a very positive step on the part of the FAA to recognize that similar alterations in similar type aircraft do not and should not require repetitive and redundant reviews for approval.

Brent Taylor

AC-43.13B Now Basis Data for Alterations

Posted in News | April 24, 2008

"Thanks" to AAA lifetime member and APM Board member, Mike Lossner, we have just learned of a major change to FAA Advisory Circular AC 43.13. The latest version, AC 43.13-2B dated 3/3/08, contains the following wording under 1. Purpose (emphasis added):

"This AC is for use by mechanics, repair stations, and other certificated entities. This data generally pertains to minor alterations; however, the alteration data herein may be used as approved data for major alterations when the AC chapter, page, and paragraph are listed in block 8 of FAA Form 337 when the user has determined that it is;
  • Appropriate to the product being altered
  • Directly applicable to the alteration being made, and
  • Not contrary to manufacturer's data."

You read that correct. It now appears that the latest version of AC 43.13 can be used not just as a basis for FAA data approval for major repairs but for alterations as well.

We will be studying AC 43.13-2B in greater depth in the next several days but we believe that this change to this document is a step forward by the FAA in helping all antique airplane enthusiasts to "Keep the Antiques Flying"

Brent Taylor

March/April Chapter Newsletters

Posted in Chapter News | April 11, 2008

Your webmaster has been slow to update, but at long last here are the Chapter Newsletters for March and April:

APM Revitalization Campaign

Posted in News | March 08, 2008

A new campaign is kicking off to revitalize the Airpower Museum. Plans for the Museum include both a program for renovation and updating the infrastructure, as well as the creation of an endowment to sustain the Museum into the future. Click for the full announcement.

In preparation for the campaign, the APM Board has extensively evaluated the facilities, aircraft, and mission of the APM. It was clear early in discussions about the APM's future that the APM has two missions that must be protected and nurtured:

  • The Museum exists to preserve and educate.
  • The APM, and Antique Airfield, is the site for a fly-in that means so much to antique airplane owners because it is a place where the "grass roots" of antique flying can still be experienced. The APM must preserve the grass roots of flying.

To bring a member's perspective to the revitalization, the APM Board has also asked five prominent business people within the antique airplane community. This Steering Committee will provide guidance to the board and help raise awareness of the revitalization. Click for committee bios.

There will be more announcements coming as the revitalization efforts get underway. Please consider a donation to support the APM's revitalization and its two key missions of preserving aviation heritage and nuturing grassroots antique aviation. Thank you!

Rob Bach's Pietenpol Factory

Posted in Members | March 05, 2008

Rob Bach sent us some photos of one of four Pietenpols under construction, showing pre-rigging assembly. Check out the bronze tailwheel.

40th Annual Horn Point Fly-In

Posted in Chapter News | March 05, 2008

Arthur Kudner of the Potomac Antique Aero Squadron chapter has invited everyone to the 40th Annual Horn Point Fly-in in Cambridge, Maryland. The fly-in will be on Saturday May 17th, with setup on Friday the 17th. Read all the details.

Boeing P12B Pictures

Posted in News | March 05, 2008

Jeff Hamilton from Spokane, WA sent in some photos of his Boeing P12B project being built by Roy Rehm in Nevada.

Mystery Airplane Identification Requested

Posted in Research | March 05, 2008

Gerald Farell of Montreal sent in a photo of a monoplane from Mexico taken in the 1920s. He's trying to track down the type of this aircraft to go with an article about his grandfather, Luis Farell of the Mexican Air Force. If you have information please send some email to Gerald.

Click on the image for a full sized image.

Living the Legend Video

Posted in News, Members | February 28, 2008

Ever wondered what coming to Blakesburg is like? Antique Airfield now has a video on YouTube!

"Living the Legend" was shot by Joe Pundzak, narrated by Paul Berge, and it looks great. Please share it with your friends.