Cow Pastures to Commerical Airways:
Accommodations and Activity Information
Fairfield Inn, Hwy. 63 North, 641-682-0000
Super 8 Motel, Hwy. 63 North, 641-684-5055
Quality Inn & Suites, Hwy. 63 North, 641-682-8526
Days Inn, Hwy. 63 North, 641-683-3000
Colonial Motor Inn, 1534 Albia Road, 641-683-1661
Hotel Ottumwa, 107 E. Second St., 641-682-8051
AmericInn, 222 W. Second St., 641-684-8222
New! Hampton Inn, 943 N. Quincy Ave., 641-814-8888
Albia & Eddyville
Indian Hills Motel, Hwy. 34 East, 641-932-7181, will pick up
at Albia Municipal Airport.
Eddyville Inn, 641-969-5656
Comfort Inn, 2401 A Avenue W., 641-672-0375
Super 8 Motel, 306 S. 17th Street, 641-673-8481
Red Carpet Inn, 2278 Hwy. 63, 641-673-8641
Rental Cars - Taxi Service, Ottumwa
Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 302 W. Second, 641-682-2020
Midwest Auto Sales, 414 Garfield St., 641-682-5700
Ottumwa Cab, 302 East Main, 641-682-5461
INDIAN HILLS MOTEL- In Albia now offering van service to
Antique Airfield. Contact Peter Griener at 641-932-7181 for
It is our policy to make every effort to assist those
with handicaps or health problems to park in the areas close to
AAA headquarters or the APM. It would help us help you in
this regard if you write us in advance for the required car permit
so you will not have to make the trip up to the registration
area for such a pass. So if you need a handicapped parking permit,
please register in advance
and inform us of your needs.
During the 2011 AAA/APM Fly-in there was an accident involving a golf
cart, driven by one of our volunteers, and a fly-in attendee. While
no serious injuries occurred, the land struck by the errant golf cart
did end up staying overnight in a local hospital.
As of spring 2012 there still has been no settlement in regards to
this accideent and we still do not know if there will be legal action
taken against the AAA, the APM, or the owners of Antique Airfield.
Therefore the use of a golf cart on the Antique Airfield grounds will
be limited to those who show need (handicap sticker, license, or
similar), bring their own golf cart, and provide proof of insurance
for the cart.
Security, storage and safe operation of golf carts will be the
owner/operator's responsibility while on the grounds of Antique Airfield.
Camping and RV Information
All RV and camping units must register at the AAA
headquarters office and then proceed to their proper areas. The
camping chairmen will have the final authority as to what kind
of vehicle must go to the RV area and those who are allowed to
camp in the conventional campgrounds. No camping units will
be allowed access prior to registration and guards will turn
back such vehicles until properly registered.
CAUTION: Those camping in the north campground
are urged to check trees in camp sites for dead or dying trees or
dead limbs prior to setting up camp sites.
RV AREA: A special area has been established for
large RV's and has grown in popularity. The RV area is on the South
end of the airport adjacent to the South campground, with good access
and even terrain for easy parking. This area
is also close to the south shower house. While no electrical hookups
are available, it is acceptable to operate a generator in this
area, however please make certain your generator is properly
muffled and quiet running.
Access to the south campground and RV area is via the driveway
running behind the APM and Flymarket on the East side of the runway.
Camping with electrical hookups, shower house, dump station, etc is
available in nearby Ottumwa at the
Campgrounds. Call 641-682-1307 for more information.
We're dog lovers here at Antique Airfield, as can be attested by our
four airport dogs. However when we leave home to attend a fly-in,
visit an AAA chapter, or attend other aviation functions our dogs stay
at home. Due to an increase in the number of members bringing their
dogs, the conflicts that have arisen between those dogs, their owners
and other Fly-in attendees, as well as the safety issues that allowing
dogs on the flightline raises, we are going to insist that our
members/guests leave their pets at home.
For those that travel full time with pets they can be boarded at one
of these Ottumwa area vet clinics:
Thomas Veterinary Clinic, 17591 Hwy 34 W., 641-683-1835.
Animal Clinic - Southside, 301 Richmond Ave., 641-682-8701
Eastview Animal Hospital, 11596 Bladensburg Road, 641-682-0533,
Ottumwa Veterinary Clinic, 2305 North Court St., 641-682-2291,
Guide or assist dogs are of course exempt from this restriction.
Vendors and Display Booths
Interested in a sales booth in the APM main hangar, or a larger
outside space? Please contact us at 22001 Bluegrass Road, Ottumwa,
IA 52501, firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 641-938-2773, and a form and information
will be sent to you. A 10X10
booth space in the main hangar is only $75.00 for the entire
Fly-In. Larger outside space, same price. On arrival contact
Mike Gretz, Airpower Museum President, who chairs this
APM Fly-Market & Harman Dickerson's 6th Annual Pre-Estate Sale
The Fly-Market needs inventory, and if you've got some please consider
a donation or bringing your parts to sell. Any parts and projects are
welcome whether they're antique parts or post-war classic items like
small Continental engine parts or airframe bits for Cubs, Luscombes,
Twenty percent of the sales price goes to the APM if you sell
on consignment, and you'll have a hard time finding a more
concentrated, motivated audience to buy. Hours 9-5 Thursday through
Saturday, 9-2 on Sunday. For more information contact Harman
Dickerson at 573-424-2146.
Fly-In Food and Drink
The South Hy-Vee Store will be on site to cater meals
and snacks in the 24th Fighter Squadron Mess Hall starting on
Wednesday morning up through noon Monday, Labor Day. A
wide variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner meals will be
served. Saturday evening will feature their popular steak and
chop night. They will also provide ice and some other carryout
APM Gift Shop
Located just inside the Museum entrace and headed up by Doris Gretz,
the store will be open daily during the fly-in for fly-in T-shirts,
mugs, patches, etc.
Aircraft Fuel Services
Steve Black and his crew from Ottumwa Flying Service will provide fuel
(100LL) service at Antique airfield during the
Fly-In. The fuel truck will be parked east of Hangar #1 (furthest
building to the east) and you will have to taxi your aircraft
to the truck for fuel.
- Thursday, Aug 30 - 10 am to 7 pm
- Friday, Aug 31 thru Sunday Sept 2 - 8 am to 7 pm
- Monday, Sept 3 - 8 am to 12 pm
"Hi" to all our antique friends! And hello to those
of you not quite antiques yet as well!
Your Fly-in Chairman has asked me to jot down
a little news of the Pilot's Pub, at least the Lancaster period,
roughly 2002 to present.
My wife, Teri, and I were asked by RLT to run the
Pub for a year or so, about 10 years ago now. My how
time flies! It's been an adventure, but I'll get to that in a
First some bio info. In addition to being an APM
board member, I am a local fuel distributor with a passion
for flying. I soloed at 16. Fast forward forty years, a few
airplanes, a couple of kids and we are happily aviating in
my current flier, a 1938 Warner powered Fairchild 24, a
great aircraft. Sitting behind the Fairchild in my hangar is
a Hatz Classic. It's hoped it will soon be brought to flying
condition but let's get back to the Pub.
The Pub staff is made up of a group of diehard
volunteers and a group of younger (college age) folks
that help us oldsters. Some are my kids, others are
friends and family's kids. Together we change a leaky, flat
roofed add-on between buildings into a world class
watering hole for a week a year. Ok, world class may be
pushing it but it's a nice place to stop by and have an
adult beverage and discuss the days flying. Heck, there
have even been nights when people bring up past flying
experiences (with considerable embellishment!) and brag
on his or her triumphant conquest of the sky.
Of course none of it would work without all the
people that help make it happen. But it does work
because they are all here for the same reason you are,
to admire and support the Antique Airplane movement. It
works something like this:
Sometime in the middle of the summer we start
cleaning, wiring, building and planning. We do the same
thing over and over again on evenings and weekends
until the Pub is ready to open again.
Since you can't tell what player is in the lineup
without a program let me introduce the greatest group of
players the antique aviation bunch has ever seen:
Teri Lancaster: Decorator, planner, builder,
accountant, cook, bartender, manager and motivator.
This would not happen without her. Period.
Luke Pieper. Designer, builder, cook, bartender
and this is just what he does at the Pub! His ideas have
led to many permanent improvements around Antique
Airfield and his ability fix the unfixable is beyond compare.
Luke was the "2011 APM Volunteer Of The Year".
Ken Marth: Once a professional Chef, currently a
master woodsmith and amateur (unpaid) chef. If he kills
it he cooks it! Sometimes if he finds it he cooks it.
Sometimes he brings it to the Pub! Don't be alarmed, I
guarantee if Ken cooks it you will think it's great!
Eric Fritz: Builder, tool guy, work guy. If it needs
done at the Airfield, Eric is always ready to help and provide
the tools to do it with. It wouldn.t get done without
Steve "The Night Guy" Adkisson. The most
knowledgeable about antique aircraft of all of us combined
and an APM director as well. He has the ability to
absorb a fair amount of Pub fluid and still be bartender to
all of the late night antiquers generated by the Pub every
year. Much of the chatter at these late hours is important
stuff, some not so much, but Steve handles it all with a
smile, a quirk and occasionally a barb for the teller of late
The young-uns: They have varied through the
years. Most of them are guys with the good sense to
bring their current girl friends to help out. No one can
argue that this is a great plan. We thank them for all their
hard work and good taste.
While we are on the subject of tip jars you will
notice that there are two. One on the bar and one by the
food. The beer is provided via the association and therefore
we (the Pub volunteers) have no expense in that.
The food at the Pub is another story. The Pub staff purchases
and prepares all the food that we have at the
The tip jar at the food table is to help offset the
largest of those expenses. Unfortunately that tip jar doesn't
come even close to purchasing the food that is eaten.
If the donations come up short we either personally
donate the difference or take the shortfall from the bar tip
jar thereby decreasing our donation to the APM. We
want to continue to have food and snacks at the Pub but
please remember where they come from. If we can't
cover the raw food expenses we will not be able to continue
with staple Pub items like "Aviator Balls", and "Not
So Chicken Wings". So the next time you dig into a great
big paper plate full of "Big Smokies" or attempt to get
popcorn from that stingy popcorn warmer remember
where the food comes from and help us help you by filling
up the food tip jar. The extra goes to the the APM just
like everything else we do.
In closing I would like to thank everyone for all
the support you have given us and for all of your continued
support. Lets face it: The Pub is a fun place to be.
We have a great time bringing it to you. Keep those tip
jars full and lets enjoy another 10 years of our Pub.
So Join the Lancaster's, Teri and Mark, and their
minions as they once again serve up cold drinks and
hangar flying at the Pilot's Pub each night, Wednesday
through Sunday, 6 pm to midnight. Pilot's Pub koozies
will once again be available by popular demand.
APM Director Steve Black will once again be
screening your favorite aviation movies nightly, starting
on Wed. Aug 29th at 8pm, in the APM main hangar. For
a listing of the features to be shown, check back here on the movie
page. There may even be a surprise screening or two this year!