AAACO members range from non-pilots to airline captains; from Airframe and Power-plant mechanics and aerospace engineers to firefighters, teachers, and realtors. We own airplanes dating from 1923-2015. We participate in fly-ins, airport fairs and expos. We conduct aerodynamics labs in local schools. We teach kids to build truss-type wing ribs at local airshows and to build airworthy, full-scale airplanes such as our recently completed 1946 Taylorcraft BC-12-D. We provide scholarships to students who are passionate about aviation. We are a community of enthusiasts who enjoy socializing, flying, educating, building, and sharing our passion with all ages.
The AAACO is one of twenty chapters of the Antique Airplane Association (AAA), which is headquartered between Ottumwa and Blaksburg, Iowa. AAA also includes ten type clubs, providing valuable information ad contacts for specific makes of aircraft.
AAA was formed in 1953 to “Keep the Antiques Flying” and continues to make this mission priority number one. It is the worlds oldest antique and classic airplane association. The Association created AirPower Museum (APM) as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1965. APM currently boasts of tree hangars, tons of spare engine and aircraft parts, 20,000 square feet of display area, and a library. The library brims with 6,000 books and a large collection of periodicals.
AAACO and AAA membership dues are $35 and $40, respectively, per year. Neither aircraft ownership nor pilots license is required for membership. AAA membership benefits include:
- Access to the AAA/APM Fly-In a the Antique Airfield
- Issues of the Antique Airfield Runway printed publication
- Eligibility for discounted aircraft and liability insurance through our Butler-Brown Insurance group plan
- Research copy services for aviation and technical library holdings, available at cost
Visit the website, www.antiqueaurfield.com to learn more about the AAA.