Here's the Texas Chapter August 2013 Newsletter.
Posted in Chapter News | August 05, 2013
Here's the Texas Chapter August 2013 Newsletter.
If you're a regular viewer of the Antique Airfield website or an AAA member and faithfully peruse our flagship publication, the Antique Airfield Runway, then we're certain you've seen this picture of Travel Air D4D NC606K. The picture dates from 1954 and shows AAA Founder & President, Robert Taylor, greeting Mike Rezich and the Travel Air during the 1st AAA National Fly-in at Ottumwa, IA in 1954. During those formative years of the AAA, brothers Mike (AAA member #10) & Nick (AAA member #7433) were regular attendees at the AAA National Fly-ins in the Travel Air.
Alas, time marches on with Mike and Nick having "Gone West". However Nick's son Jim (AAA member #10093) and grandson Nick carry on the family tradition and Travel Air NC606K remains in the family. While it would be grand to see the Travel Air grace the grass here at Antique Airfield during our "Diamond Jubilee" and 60th Annual Fly-In, we understand that it's currently undergoing a rebuild/restoration and a ways from being finished and airworthy once again.
While the Travel Air will not be in attendance at our upcoming AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in, Jim will be via his Culver LCA "Cadet" once again. This particular "Cadet" also has a family connection, having been purchased when new by his dad Nick. Though it had a succession of owners throughout the decades, including Culver guru Larry Low (AAA member # 5459 deceased), Jim talked Larry out of the bright yellow Cadet several years ago and has been caring for and flying it since.
Jim has let us know that he plans on attending our "Diamond Jubilee" event in the Culver and that his son Nick will be attending in a Citabria, that as it seems with all the Rezich airplanes, also has a family connection. We'll let Jim pick up the story from here:
Just signed up on-line for the Culver and my kids will be bringing their Citabria. Since the Citabria hasn't been to Blakesburg before I have attached a photo. Frank gave my oldest son, Nick, the airplane as a college graduation present, and it was a basket case. We hauled it back from California and he rebuilt it. He was lucky to get a job with American Champion right out of college and was able to use all their resources. So he ended up with a nearly new airplane with 10,000 hours on it! It was a pipeline patrol airplane all its life, and Howard owner Denny Lyons ( Ed note; AAA member # 15296) flew it early in his career. Small world of aviation!
Also attending with Jim, Nick and family will be their uncle Frank, Mike and Nick's younger brother. Frank is well known to AAA members and antiquers and we're sure he's looking forward to the fly-in, especially meeting with his Howard and NAT friends during the event.
So 60 years after Robert Taylor acted on his idea to organize and bring together like minded individuals to save, preserve and fly antique aircraft, we now actively see third and even some fourth generation family members involved in the effort to "Keep the Antiques Flying" and that as they say, is a good thing!
Looking forward to seeing our AAA members here at Antique Airfield in a few weeks to help us celebrate our "Diamond Jubilee"!
Antique Airfield had a great bunch of volunteers on hand this past weekend to get some projects done in preparation for the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in just 29 days from today. Ken Marth, Luke Pieper, Eric Fritz, APM Director Mark Lancaster, Aaron Klugherz, Ben & Brent Taylor finished up the fence move on the south end of the flightline while Les Gaskill checked all the field electrical services.
Also accomplished was some needed back filling around the APM Restoration Center foundation, the cutting of some standing dead trees in the campgrounds and some upgrading of the computer system and WiFi connectivity. We'll have another work day this coming Saturday, Aug 3rd, to work on more projects and AAA/APM Fly-in preparations. If you'd like to come and help, please let us know here at AAA Headquarters so we can plan the food and refreshments for the day.
Eric Fritz (L) and Ken Marth (R) running the post hole digger
Marcy Taylor checks out the progress as APM Director Mark
Lancaster (L), Luke Pieper (center) and Aaron Klugherz (R) finish up the
installation of the new flightline fence on the S end of Antique Airfield.
This photo illustrates the spectator/photographer area gained by
the moving of the south flightline fence just a few feet. On the right, the high
grass shows where the old fence ran as we work on installing the new fence.
It has been a while since we've updated our fans on the APM Restoration
Center. Due to equipment problems, we continue to await the installation of
the sprayed in foam insulation for the building. However we are being
assured that the contractor has new equipment on order and they should be
ready to start in a week or so. In the meantime the interior steel has been
delivered and later this coming week a group of our fine volunteers will
install one side of the partition wall steel to facilitate the spraying of
the foam insulation on that wall.
All the interior steel is cut to length and ready to install. We
will be relying on our great volunteers to help get as much of this
installation as possible accomplished by the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in. By
the way the Ercoupe project in the background will be for sale during the
AAA/APM Fly-in to help raise funds to continue progress on finishing the
Restoration Center. It is pretty complete minus an engine and prop.
Posted in Chapter News | July 30, 2013
Ready to fly to Blakesburg in a few weeks but looking for somewhere to go just before the fly-in? Try the Nebraska Chapter Fly-In at Minden, NE and then join the Husker Hawkeye Air Tour from Minden to Blakesburg immediately prior to the Blakesburg event. In addition to the Minden fly-in activities, the tour stops for a picnic in Cairo, NE, pontoon boat cookout in Fremont, NE, and local tours and hangar picnic in Red Oak, Iowa.
A complete schedule of events is available at www.neantiqueairplaneminden.com.
Paper mail fly-in registrations keep coming in at Antique Airfield, and the Luscombe contingent continues to build. Whichever way you choose to register, electronic or paper, it eases your arrival at the fly-in if you register in advance. And as an added bonus you get your plane's photo here on the website!
The Nebraska Chapter along with the Arizona, Michigan, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas Chapters will again be sponsoring the Youngest Pilot Award at the National Antique Airplane Association Fly-In in Blakesburg, Iowa this year. The youngest pilot will receive a plaque along with a Lifetime Membership into the AAA.
To receive this great award the Youngest Pilot MUST fly into Antique Airfield as Pilot in Command from his or her home base. In the case of a dispute a delegate from each sponsoring chapter will vote for a final say. Also if the youngest pilot already has a Lifetime membership, the plaque will be awarded to that person but the 600 dollars will be donated to the AAA or APM, to be decided by the sponsoring chapters.
Last year's winner was Hayden Newhouse, 16 years old, he flew into Antique Airfield from Illinois in a Aeronca C-3 . Way to go Hayden hope to see you again this year!
Looking forward to seeing everyone in a few weeks,
Posted in Members | July 30, 2013
It runs! AAA Lifetime member Vaughn Lovley is getting close to having his Piper Vagabond flying. We look forward to seeing here at Antique Airfield during the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-In.
The North Cascades Vintage Aircraft Museum has set up a Facebook page which is the new place to go to track updates and happenings at the museum. The museum, in Concrete, WA, was formerly known as the Skagit Aero Education Museum, and is well known in the Pacific Northwest for a great collection, a beautiful collection of aircraft, and support for the annual Concrete Fly-In.
Posted in Members | July 30, 2013
Russell Williams' Ryan SC-W has been down for a long winter doing an engine overhaul. This past weekend the ground run-in was finished and the Ryan is back in the air.
Posted in News | July 25, 2013
The 2013 AAA/APM National Fly-in is just around the corner (August 28th - September 2nd) and it is time to get Antique Airfield ready for another great year. It has certainly been a strange year weather wise but I've placed an order for sunny warm days, cool nights and light breezes down the runway for the week of the fly-in.
The latest Antique Airfield Runway containing the fly-in information package was mailed the first of July and pre-registrations are running strong with an interesting and wide ranging group of antiques, classics, warbirds, neo-classics and homebuilts already signed up to attend. As was announced in the 'Runway this years fly-in we will be celebrating the “Diamond Jubilee” (60th Anniversary) of the AAA and featuring the iconic aircraft designed by Iowa native Don Luscombe.
As participation of featured aircraft and activities are confirmed, details will be available here on the website and on our Facebook page as well.
Therefore, as usual, we are planning a series of work weekends to prepare Antique Airfield for the onslaught and this letter is a request for your assistance. We have the usual projects to do to get Antique Airfield ready, some improvement projects and some work in relation to the new APM Restoration Center to accomplish including installation of the interior steel. Currently the installation of new windows in the “Ground Loop Inn” (AAA headquarters building) is under way and this will be a major project to finish before the fly-in as well.
So if you can, please plan on coming to Antique Airfield and bring a friend along as it is always good to have some "new blood" to share the fun as well as the work with.
The dates for the work weekends will be August 3rd & 4th, August 10th & 11th, August 17th & 18th and August 24th & 25th. The work weekend on August 24th & 25th will be the annual mowing party so plan on bringing your tractors, riders, mowers, weed eaters and other implements of destruction to help have Antique Airfield looking its best for the Fly-in.
Also for those who volunteer on the weekend of August 11th, on Sunday afternoon we plan to head South to Applegate Airport in Queen City, MO for APM Director Harve & Carolyn Applegate's annual Watermelon Fly-In.
To help plan the food and refreshments please RSVP at (641) 938-2773 or AntiqueAirfield@sirisonline.com on which weekends you can come and help.
As usual we will hit it hard during the day but after supper we will spend some time flying and also playing with models, kites etc. (bring em' if you have em').
Looking forward to seeing all of you. Pass the word and bring a friend too!!