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Accommodations and Activity Information

Hotel/Motel Information

Star (*) indicates pet friendly hotels

Lexington Inn & Suites (*), 2813 N. Court Rd., 641-682-0000
Super 8 Motel, 2823 N. Court St, 641-684-5055
Quality Inn & Suites (*), Hwy. 63 North, 641-682-8526
Days Inn, 2824 N. Court St., 641-683-3000
Hotel Ottumwa, 107 E. Second St., 641-682-8051
AmericInn, 222 W. Second St., 641-684-8222
Hampton Inn, 943 N. Quincy Ave., 641-814-8888

Albia & Eddyville
Indian Hills Motel (*), 100 Hwy. 34 East, 641-932-7181, will pick up at Albia Municipal Airport.
Eddyville Inn and RV Park, 601 Main St., 800-930-5135

Comfort Inn (*), 2401 A Avenue W., 641-676-6000
Super 8 Motel, 306 S. 17th Street, 641-673-8481

Moravia - Lake Rathbun Area
Honey Creek Resort (*), 12633 Resort Drive, 877-677-3344 or 641-724-9100

Rental Cars - Taxi Service, Ottumwa

If you call in advance, Hertz and Enterprise in Ottumwa will have cars pre-positioned at Antique Airfield for pickup, and you can drop off at Antique Airfield on your way home.

Hertz Ottumwa
1311 Vaughn Dr 641-682-1664

302 W. 2nd St 641-682-2020

For other options:

Midwest Auto Sales, 414 Garfield St., 641-682-5700
Ottumwa Cab, 655 W. 2nd St., 641-682-5461

Handicapped Parking

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. You may request a permit from the registration office upon arrival; however space is limited. If you need a handicapped parking permit please inform us of your needs.

Golf Carts

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. No camping units will be allowed access prior to registration, and security will turn back such vehicles until properly registered.

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. 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.

CAUTION: Campers are urged to check trees in camp sites for dead limbs prior to setting up camp sites.

Camping with electrical hookups, shower house, dump station, etc is available in nearby Ottumwa at the Ottumwa Park Campgrounds. Call 641-682-1307 for more information.

Pilot's Pub

Mark and Teri Lancaster, as well as the rest of the Pub crew, have retired. Instead various AAA Chapters will be running the Pilot's Pub, each taking a night. Nebraska on Thursday, Texas on Saturday, and Marginal Aviation on Sunday will be not only manning the bar, but will also promote their individual AAA chapters, programs and events. We still have openings for Wednesday and Friday night if your chapter is interested.

So stop in! Have a beer. Meet old friends. Tell a yarn, and enjoy. Join us nightly 6pm to midnight, Wednesday August 29 through Sunday September 2nd.


We're dog lovers here at Antique Airfield, as can be attested by our 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, and the safety and liability issues that allowing dogs on the flightline and the campgrounds raises, we are going to insist that our members/guests leave their pets at home.

Guide or assist dogs are exempt from this restriction with proper documentation and identifying gear.

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
Eastview Animal Hospital, 11596 Bladensburg Road, 641-682-0533
Pipestone Veterinary Services, 2830 North Court St., 641-682-2291
Animal Health Center, two locations:

  • Ottumwa - Southside, 301 Richmond Ave., 641-682-8701
  • Albia, 1976 684th Ave, 641-932-3455

Daily Pilot's Briefing

A Pilot's Briefing will be held daily at 10:30am on the porch of the Ground Loop Inn (#1 on the map), with AAA President Brent Taylor officiating.

At the briefing we will go over airport operations, procedures, and any problems relating to airport operations that might arise.

While we encourage all pilots, photographers, and interested members to attend, if you plan to go flying during the day (and we hope that you do!) your attendance at this briefing is required!

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, or call 641-938-2773, for information and costs on a 10x10 booth space in the main hangar. Larger outside space is also available.

APM Fly-Market

Retired APM Director Steve Butler, assisted by APM Director Mike Lossner and Les "Sparky" Gaskill will be handling this popular venue for the sale of aircraft parts and materials.

But the Fly-Market needs inventory so 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, Aeroncas, etc.

Consignees must provide an inventory, as well as pricing. 20% of consignment sales price goes to the APM. You'll have a hard time finding a more concentrated, qualified and motivated audience to buy anywhere else on the planet!

For more information and/or a copy of the APM Fly-Market Consignee Agreement, contact us here at AAA/APM Headquarters or Steve at 712-251-4750.

  • Thursday August 30 thru Saturday Sept 1st - 10 am to 4 pm
  • Sunday Sept 2 - 10am to 1pm

Fly-In Food and Drink

The North Hy-Vee Store will be on hand to cater meals and snacks in the 24th Fighter Squadron Mess Hall starting on Wednesday at noon 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 grocery items.

The Dave Warren Coffee House

The Michigan AAA chapter once again invites you to start your day at Dave Warren's Coffee House on the patio of the Ground Loop Inn. Open daily, Rosie Duckworth, Sharon Plavnick, and Carol & Gary Van Farowe will be serving fresh coffee first thing in the AM. The popular Antique Airfield coffee mugs will also be available. All proceeds from the Coffee House go to the "APM Roof Fund".

APM Gift Shop

Holly Vanorny and Jessica Fryer look forward to hosting the APM Gift Shop this year. Located just inside the Museum entrance, the store will be open daily during the fly-in for fly-in T-shirts, mugs, patches, etc. Cash, check, Visa, Mastercard and Discover accepted.

  • Wednesday August 29 - 12pm to 4pm
  • Thursday August 30 thru Sunday Sept 2nd - 9 am to 4 pm

Aircraft Fuel Services

APM Director Shane Vande Voort and his crew from Classic Aviation in Pella, IA 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 during these these hours of operation:

  • Wednesday August 29 - 12pm to 7pm
  • Thursday August 30 thru Sunday Sept 2rd - 8 am to 7 pm
  • Monday, Sept 3 - 8 am to 12 pm

Runway Cinema

Movies will be screened nightly, starting on Wednesday August 29 at 8pm. For a listing of the features to be shown, check back here on the movie page.