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Howard Wilson's Parrakeet

Posted in Members | July 07, 2015

A couple of pics from last fun at Antique Airfield.....a photo shoot of Howard Wilson's Rose Parrakeet, restored by TACO Aviation, aka Barry Taylor.

Howard flew the Parrakeet and photo plane pilot duties were ably handled by Ben Taylor. (Brent Taylor photos)

Work Weekend and AAA Fly-in Preparations Under Way!

Posted in News | July 07, 2015

With less than ninety days until the start of the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in, there is much to be done to be ready to host all our AAA members and guests in what we plan to be a much drier and better attended event as opposed to last year’s “Lakesburg” event.

Along with those preparations we have also undertaken the 2015 APM Capitol Improvement Fund to help finance not only repairs to the field as a result of last years fly-in but also finance some major and much needed infrastructure projects.

Several of those projects were worked on over the weekend, along with a couple of unplanned but worthwhile ones. Following are pictures of the weekends efforts by; Gary Van Farowe, Bob Tejchma, Ken Marth, Eric Fritz, Luke Pieper, Jessica Fuller, Mark Lancaster, Barry Taylor, Ben, Marcy & Brent Taylor.

Bob Tejchma & Gary Van Farowe at work replacing the roof (new roof panels to the left) on the N half of the APM Annex

Bob & Gary continue making progress on the roofing project including leveling the porch roof that has suffered frost heave over the last few years.

With the APM porch roof structure back in place, re-roofing continued.

Meanwhile Denny was busy hauling in several loads of dirt for the ramp in front of AAA HQ, Hangars 1 & 2, as well as for the N-S runway. Ben Taylor & Barry Taylor spent time leveling up the dirt using our sod drag and now all is ready for grass seed.

To give you a bit of perspective, Barry Taylor is shown seeding approximately five tons of fill after being smoothed !! Five ton of good fill dirt is $100 and 20 lbs. of grass seed is $50. Fifteen tons of dirt and thirty pounds or so of grass seed went down in the damaged areas of the ramp and runway over the weekend with at least another 15 tons of dirt to go next week alone. Expenses per above, are the reason we started the 2015 APM Capital Campaign Fun. "Thanks" to all who have donated so far !!!

One unplanned project that was finished over the weekend was the installation of a decorative fence and flagpole around the the flower bed/rock garden Marcy Taylor & Cindy Grimm put in a couple of weeks ago. Ken Marth, Eric Fritz & Luke Pieper work on installing the fence while.....

...Ben Taylor cuts some steel pipe to use for support of the flagpole.

Test fitting the flagpole installation before final assembly of the whole structure. As the flag went up, it was noted most appropriately by those involved, that this was the 71st Anniversary of D-Day!

With installation of the fence and flagpole completed, this somewhat unplanned project certainly helped improve the looks of the grounds at the APM. Note the new roof on the APM Annex in the background!

Work on the N wall in Powell Hall continued and “Thanks” to Ken Marth & Luke Pieper, framing of the new wall is complete. Next will come insulation and the wall covering, then we can turn our attention to removing the old outside wall and replacing it with steel siding.

We plan to have another work weekend on June 26th & 27th to finish moving the N wall in Powell Hall, continue with the re-roofing of the APM Annex and prepare to replace the doors on the APM Main Museum hangar. If you can come help, please let Brent Taylor at AAA Headquarters know and we hope to see you then!

Please remember all these ongoing projects are "Thanks" to the generosity of those AAA members, APM donors, fans & friends via the 2015 APM Capital Campaign Fun.

We're over halfway to our goal of $20K but could use your help in meeting our goal and having all our planned projects done in time for the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in (Sept 2nd - 7th). Remember your donation is fully tax deductible and every donation, no matter the size, counts!

Brent Taylor

Brian Sainsbury Sheet Metal Projects

Posted in Members | July 07, 2015

Our local (to Antique Airfield) metal artisan, Brian Stansberry from Moulton, IA, sent along a few photos of some of his recent work/projects for others.

Brian is also restoring a Piper J-4 “Cub Coupe” for himself and we can personally attest to his excellent workmanship on that project.

“Brent, here are pictures of some of the projects in the shop. The buck for the Cirigliano cowl, Ryan nose bowl and Bucker wheelpants.”

Brent Taylor

Horn Point Fly-In Report

Posted in News | July 07, 2015

The Potomac Antique Aero Squadron (PAAS) held its 47th annual Fly-In this year on the weekend of May15-16 at the picturesque Horn Point Aerodrome near Maryland’s historic eastern shore town of Cambridge. This year we had the best weather that we have had in several years.

Not only did we have beautiful CAVU weather conditions on the day of the fly-in itself, but the dry days just prior to the Fly-In Saturday permitted the University of Maryland Extension Owner Group to closely cut the grass in the aircraft parking areas for us. This made for near ideal conditions for our Friday field set-up day as well as for all of our Fly-In operations on Saturday.

We had excellent attendance this year with nearly sixty airplanes on the field. Our Air Traffic Control, Airplane Parking and Aircraft Judging Teams were kept very busy throughout day. With the wide variety and number of registered airplanes in attendance, we were able to make awards for ten of our twelve major judging categories.

Of the several excellent aircraft that were awarded winning plaques, there was one which stood out from all of the other winners. It was the “Antique Grand Champion” award winner, a WACO UBF-2 “open cockpit biplane”, owned by Andy Hochhans of Norfolk Virginia, which literally sparkled in the sunlight It’s unpainted aluminum engine ring cowl was polished to a mirror-like finish.

We were very pleased that Anne Fichera was able to have our departed founder Joe Fichera’s pristine 1930 Brunner Winkle Bird biplane flown in for display throughout the day. Joe’s outstanding restoration of this historically significant Lindberg aircraft is a fitting memorial in memory of PAAS Founder and Master Craftsman Joe Fichera’s legendary talents. Our President Art Kudner saw fit to award the “Bird” our PAAS President’s Choice Award this year.

There were also several aircraft that were new to our fly-in; standouts that would have brought many admirers at any gathering of vintage aircraft. We had many attendees from the surrounding towns with professional level cameras in hand to photograph the many interesting airplanes.

Our suitably costumed “Tophatted” gentleman was back again this year with his horse and antique passenger buggy soliciting rides for all who wanted them. All in all, we had a very successful day which was professionally handled by our many dedicated volunteers who covered all phases of air traffic control, aircraft as well as some special car parking, reception, registration, judging and crowd control.

Pete D’Anna
PAAS Chief Judge
May 31, 2015

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Registrations for the Fly-In

Posted in News | June 04, 2015

More registrations for the 2015 Fly-In.

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1950 Temco GC-1B "Swift"
Scott Naumann
Arroyo Grande, CA
1932 Waco UEC
John Swander
DeSoto, KS
(Jonathan Apfelbaum photo)
1941 Waco UPF-7
Gerry Flaugher
Poplar Grove, IL
Travel Air E-4000
Chuck Doyle
Webster, MN
1936 Taylor J2
Paul Isakson
Amery, WI
1961 Bentzen Sport
Rob & Laura Bach
Pell Lake, WI
2004 Stewart 265
Don Stewart
Vulcan, MI
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)

First Flight of Juranich Waco INF

Posted in Members | June 04, 2015

Bob Juranich made the first flight in a freshly restored Waco INF this past Sunday. The airplane is co-owned by Jeremy Young and Bob Juranich. The Waco was formerly owned by John Thurmond, and has been under restoration in the Seattle/Tacoma area for several years.

Summer Issue of Antique Airfield Runway at the Printers!

Posted in News | June 01, 2015

At long last the latest issue of the Antique Airfield Runway is at the printers.

Included in this issue; the 2015 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in Registration information, info on how to become an “AAA Record Breaker” at the 2015 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in, reports on the Cactus Fly-in, First Ditch Fly-in & Sun n Fun and more......

AAA members, look for it in your mailbox around the second week of June.

(Cover photo by Rob Bach)

2015 Fly-In Pre-Registrations and First Featured Stinson

Posted in News | June 01, 2015

Registrations for the 2015 Fly-In are coming in, including the first example of our featured Aircraft, the Stinson 108. Scott Phillips of Camp Point, IL will be flying his Stinson 108-1 N97015.

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1938 Ryan SCW
Russell Williams
Bellevue, WA
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1937 Stinson SR-9B
John Nance
San Diego, CA
(Bob Punch photo)
1943 Stearman PT-17
Dan Kirkpatrick
Lawson, MO
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1946 Aeronca 11AC "Chief"
Richard Crawford
Knoxville, IA
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1988 Christen Eagle II
Ron & Peri Hansen
Yuma, AZ
1948 Luscombe 8F
Sharon Tinkler
Tullahoma, TN
(Brent Taylor photo)
1948 Cessna 195
Jere Calef
Mojave, CA
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1930 Waco ASO
John LaBarre
Cincinnati, OH
(Brent Taylor photo)
1946 Ercoupe
A.J. Stricker
Holts Summit, MO
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1928 Travel Air 4000
Roger & Elizabeth Gomoll
North Oaks, MN
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
1941 Piper J-3
Ed Lachendro
Beaver Dam, WI
(Bob Punch photo)
1930 Waco RNF
Joe Kaminskas
Biglerville, PA
2007 Hatz Classic
Gary Petersen
Walton, NE
(Charles E. "Chuck" Stewart photo)
1949 Ryan Navion N4986K
Karl von Kaenel
Clemson SC
1957 Piper PA22-150 TriPacer
Steve Curcio
Racine, WI
1946 Stinson 108-1
Scott Phillips
Camp Point, IL

2015 APM Capital Campaign Fund Update

Posted in News | June 01, 2015

To bring you up to date on our efforts to raise $20K, per the 2015 APM Capital Campaign Fund, we have reached the half way point! That’s correct, in less than a month's time, our AAA members, our donors, fans, family & friends have contributed $10K!

Included in that was the “Memorial Day Challenge”, issued via one of our AAA Lifetime members, to match donations up to $300. That challenge was handily met in one day over the holiday weekend.

Ergo, now that 2015 APM Capital Campaign has accrued considerable funds, we can go ahead with the actual work and efforts needed to complete some of the infrastructure projects these funds are earmarked for.

First on the list is to start the work of re-rocking all the driveways and parking lots here at Antique Airfield. Weather permitting, that work will commence this week.

Second on the list is the re-roofing the N half of the APM’s main museum annex. The steel has been ordered and that project is scheduled to begin on June 3rd. AAA National Director Gary Van Farowe and a group from the MI chapter of the AAA will be on hand to tackle that project.

We also hope to complete the construction phase of the replacement/moving of the N wall in Powell Hall at that time and plan a work weekend June 6th to make progress on that project. If you can come and help with that, or other planned landscaping, fencing and field maintenance projects, please let us know. We love to have people come and help !!

As you can see, with the help of all of you, we’ve accomplished much in a short amount of time. All of us here at Antique Airfield most humbly “Thank You” for your support.

But if we could ask yet one more favor, we’d ask you please feel free to share the link and news of the 2015 APM Capital Campaign Fund with your friends, & family via social media, email and word of mouth. Let’s see if we can reach our goal of $20K in the next month. With your help I believe we can!!

Remember your donation is fully tax deductible and every donation, no matter the size, counts !!

Brent Taylor
Treasurer APM

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Howard Cox's V-77 Nearly Ready to Fly

Posted in Members | June 01, 2015

Howard Cox, based in Bideford, Devon, UK, has acquired an N-registered Stinson V-77 which was formerly based in Germany. The airplane was damaged and disassembled.

Howard has trucked the aircraft to Hoogeveen Airport, the Netherlands, and has been working to make the Stinson ferryable back to the UK with some parts support from the APM. Expectations are that it'll fly again in the next month.