2015 APM Capitol Improvement Fund !
The APM has over 20,000 square feet of display for it's collections of aircraft, engines, models, memorabilia and displays. It also has a dedicated "Library of Flight", a 4300 sq ft facility containing over 6000 volumes of aviation books as well as countless numbers of manuals & periodicals.
All the APM's facilities are located on Antique Airfield near Blakesburg, IA. Antique Airfield replicates a typical airport of the 1930's with grass runways and period looking hangars and facilities. It is the headquarters of the Antque Airplane Association (founded 1953) and is privately owned, receiving NO federal, state or local monies.
The APM's two main missions remain the same as they have for decades. The first is to see that the museum exists to preserve and educate the public about our aviation heritage. The second is to see that the APM, the AAA, and Antique Airfield, remain the site for the annual Invitational AAA/APM Fly-in that means so much to antique airplane owners nationwide, because it is the place where the 'grass roots' of antique aviation can still be experienced.
The twofold goal of the "APM Capitol Improvement Campaign of 2015" will be:
1. Ensure the future and permanence of the APM.
2. Rebuild and maintain the infrastructure of the APM
The major infrastructure projects in the works for 2015, include continued replacement of the roofs on the APM hangars. Spearheaded by AAA National Director Gary Van Farowe and the Michigan AAA chapter, last year saw a much needed new roof installed on the APM Fly-Market building. This year the plan is to replace the roof on the N side of the APM display annex. That project is slated to happen in June and will tie in with the ongoing moving of the N wall in the Powell Hall display area.
But that’s not all. Another much needed project to be accomplished before the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in in September, is the replacement of the APM main hangar door (s). Per the suggestion of APM President Mike Gretz, in order to retain the period look and keep the costs down we will once again install sliding/track doors. Our research indicates a lot of advances in construction, serviceability and ease of operation of these type doors in the 40+ years since the APM main hangar was originally built and the doors installed.
Finally for 2015, with the completion of the construction phase of the APM Restoration Center the next steps towards making this facility operational are cleaning, sealing & painting the floor, installing new door seals and insulation on the Schweiss bi-fold hangar door, then installing/finishing the electrical, plumbing, heating and pneumatic systems.
So please join consider joining with us & help us reach our goal in the APM Capitol Improvement Campaign of 2015 and get these important infrastructure projects finished in time for the 2015 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in, September 2nd – 7th.
As we head into the week of Christmas, we want to “Thank” all of you for your support & help throughout this past year.
We look forward to 2016 and the probability it will be a great year for the AAA & APM.
Much of that success can be attributed to the rebuilding/improvements to our grounds/infrastructure and that is "Thanks" to you, all our donors to the 2015 APM Capital Improvement Fund.
We know many of you got to see first hand those improvements by attending the AAA/APM Fly-in but for those that could not make it Here's excellent coverage of the 2015 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in by one of our favorite aviation writers, Sparky Barnes Sargent, via General Aviation News.... http://generalaviationnews.com/2015/09/30/keeping-the-antiques-flying-year-after-year/
"Thanks" again for your contributions and look for more updates later this fall as we continue to move forward with projects funded via the 2015 APM Capital Improvement Fund !!
With the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in just ten days away, I thought I would update all our donors on progress with projects via the 2015 APM Capital Improvement Funds.
Much has been accomplished yet much remains to be done. For example, the re-graveling of the roads/driveways here at Antique Airfield continues and while we hope to be completely done by the start of the Fly-in it will be close !! Already some $4K+ has been spent on this project alone.
Several of the high visibility projects have been finished “THANKS” to the hard work of a very dedicated and hard working group of volunteers. Those projects include;
1. The new hangar doors on the APM Main Museum hangar which are now complete and fully operational.
2. New roof on the APM Annex.
3. All new sheet metal on the façade of the APM Main Museum Hangar
4. The exterior wall of Powell Hall rebuilt and new steel installed.
While these major projects and several other smaller projects have been finished, much remains to do via the 2015 APM Capital Improvement Funds. Included are electrical, insulation and finishing the interior of Powell Hall, installation of systems (electrical, pneumatic, plumbing and heat) in the APM Restoration Center, new windows for the APM Gift Shop and more.
It’s obvious that with the AAA/APM Fly-in just ten days away, most of the above “to do” projects will have to wait until after the Fly-in, though we hope to get the new windows installed in the APM Gift Shop by the Fly-in. However, plans are being formulated as to making further progress this fall/winter.
We look forward to all our Fly-in attendees, especially you the donors to the 2015 APM Capital Improvement Fund, seeing firsthand what has been accomplished “Thanks” to your generosity and the hard work of our volunteers, in improving the looks of the APM and moving it forward.
I thought I would forward a report to all our donors about progress on the infrastructure projects financed with funds from the 2015 APM Capital Improvement Fund.
While projects like re-graveling all the roads/driveways around the field, trimming trees, landscaping etc. continue, two of the major projects were accomplished this week.
First would be the replacement of the APM Main Museum hangar doors. A team of volunteers provided the sweat equity (and we do mean sweat) this week. With APM Director Steve Adkisson in the lead, Ken Marth, Dan & Dakota Quinn, Ben Taylor, Tim Verhoeven & APM Director Luke Pieper tackled what was a daunting task. The result....the new hangar doors are up and functioning and work is ongoing to complete the installation (new metal for the gable end of the building, installing the mechanisms for securing the doors etc.)
Second AAA National Director Gary Van Farowe and Bob Tejchma have finished re-roofing the APM annex, a major undertaking !!!
Next will be the replacing of the exterior wall of Powell Hall, which will be worked on today. When finished the whole N facade of the APM (gable end, N wall of Powell Hall & hangar doors) will be new with white metal and red trim.
Of course non of this would have been possible if not for your donations..... Thanks once again !
Stay tuned for more progress reports
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