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February 1, 2016

John Ostmyer tore down the Champ engine which revelaed some unpleseant surprises.  The cam is shot. The bearings have seen better days and the front bearing has a nasty gouge. The symptoms were low power, low oil pressure and high oil temp.  However on the bright side...

January 17, 2016

The Skunk Works Team is humming along with the Champ project in the nice heated hanger.  We could always use more help.  We'll be back at it this Thurrdsday night.


January 9, 2016

For a cold January evening we had a large turnout for the chapter meeting around 25-30 came out.  But it's no surprise people wanted to hear about Roger's experience winning the Air Force 1991 Gunsmoke Top Gun Award.  Talk about some cool stories.  If you missed it, Ro...

January 3, 2016

In 1966 my mother’s cousin Patsy Flannigan flew with her husband Larry to Fairbanks Alaska. Larry had a Mooney M20 based at Gardner airport. Another pilot (Jim) had flown his Mooney to the Kansas City area to visit family. While he was here he broke his leg in an accid...

January 3, 2016

Great New Year's Day chili feed hosted by your VAA 16. At least a ten year traditional started by Dale Rose and Micki Shetterly. At least 70 folks showed up. Just goes to show Vintage Chapter 16 is alive and well!


"New Years Day Chili Feed" at our beloved K34. Bring so...

December 23, 2015

One of our fellow comrades Hal Petznick passed away Dec 21. He will be missed.


December 18, 2015

The chapter Christmas party was a great celebration with close friends and aviators.  It was held on Dec 17th at Granite City Brewery, we had our own room so we could get as rowdy as we wanted.  There were tons of raffle prizes along with several awards.  The biggest a...

November 8, 2015


Vintage Chapter 16 has been blessed once again with the donation of a Spezio Tuholer experimental project.  The Spezio was in the collection of Ken Smiley, long time Gardner Airport tenant and vintage airplane guy.  His family was kind enough to donate the Spezio to...

August 28, 2015

Our band of Elves have been hard at work in Hangar 16 learning the art of welding from Marvin Story, hanging the engine on the Wag-a-bond, and assembling the second wing of the Champ.  The FAA sent our registration for the Wag-a-bond and we now have the N number of "16...

August 16, 2015



Late last month the chapter board of directors voted to accept an offer we had to trade our Pietenpol project (less engine), for an Aeronca Champ project, also needing an engine.  The board approved the trade subject to the approval from the family of Jack Fries, the...

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