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Archive for July, 2010

July 28th, 2010

Here are some photos of Member, Larry Mayer’s experimental Piper Clipper with a 6 foot sleeping area in the fuselage.  The airplane was designed for camping in the Idaho back country.

Thank you Larry!

July 20th, 2010

This was a submission from another one of our Founding Members, Doug Latch.

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This campground is for airplanes ONLY !

When visiting Columbia, CA Airport, you typically you land on the paved runway and taxi on the dirt taxiway to where are planes are parked.

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Columbia Ca. airport outside Bald Eagle Aviation the FBO . Left to right, Doug Latch, George Wehrman (center),Terry Holman. 

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Actual real saloon as it may have looked in the late 1800′s. Town is very
real and is very historic.

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Town was closed when this picture was taken it was about 6 in the eve.


July 20th, 2010

This photo is a submission from one of our Founding Members, Art Danley. 

Art and his family were packing  up their Seaplane in preparation for their first AACA Adventure. 


Thanks Art!

July 20th, 2010

The entry below was provided by one of our Founding Members, Skipper Hyle. 

My first camping experience with an airplane was under the wing of my 1942 Fairchild PT-26 at Flight Flight Airport in NC about twenty yards from where the third flight, ever, landed.  The First Flight Society used to celebrate Wilbur’s birthday with a fly in at Kitty Hawk and it was the only time of the year you could overnight an aircraft in the National Park.  I through a tarp over the wing and slept on another one.

Anyway, this past weekend, my family was invited to a Private strip in northwestern Georgia.  First Annual Fly In and Pig Pull.  So, I flew up in my Harvard (T-6) with one child and the wife drove up with the other (they swapped places coming home).  The T-6 isn’t really condusive to carrying a lot of camping gear, so the van helped.  Several 195s on the field, a 1929 Stinson, couple of homebuilts, a Cub, Swifts and a few more.

Below are the photos that accompanied Mr. Hyle’s submission.

Thanks Skipper!

July 20th, 2010

It is a little groggy on takeoff, but after that, it flies pretty smooth.

July 19th, 2010

July 19th, 2010

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July 19th, 2010

Imagine looking out the window of a private airplane, watching the sun rising over a remote area of America. Over the nose, a grass landing strip comes into view. You enter a shallow bank to check the wind direction. A couple of moments later, as you line up for landing, you swear there is the smell of fresh coffee in the air. O.K., power back…slow now over the fence… s l o w e r. The tires gently meet friendly turf and you know you have arrived.

Turning your craft around, you pass several tents along side of the runway. A variety of people of all ages are sitting on picnic tables, tree stumps and blanketed ground, amazed by your arrival, just as they were with their own. Not far there is a clearing where a variety of old and new, large and small airplanes sit. You silence the engine and sit for a moment to listen to the gentle…peaceful…soft sounds of morning. When you open the door you are greeted by a smiling faces who ask where you are from, compliment you on your choice of airplanes and invite you to become part of a village they jokingly call Canvas Heights.

This home town in the wilderness, is one more new horizon to be recorded in the log books of a unique society of aviators called “air campers.” There are no written rules here. There are also no television sets, computers, cell phones or beepers. Everyone agrees, “ ‘probably wouldn’t do any good to bring em, ‘cause there are no towers around here either.” There is very little need for a watch. About the only things you might want to bring, other than your camp gear, would be a pocket knife, or a harmonica, maybe a Frisbee or a deck of cards and a good book. Of course, a sense of humor is required. It might also help to know an old song or two and posses the knowledge to build a fire and make a huge pot of “hobo” coffee.

By the time you are ready to break camp and depart (which happens far too soon), you will have met many new friends. There is no need to be sad. You will see them, very soon on another adventure that will be similar, but never identical, to this one.

All air campers know, that is about as certain as the sun coming up every day!

Come visit American Air Campers Assocaition Website to become a founding member and experience all that our Association has to offer while showing you New Horizons and New Friends!

July 2nd, 2010

Good Morning Air Campers! Additions to our Air Camp Guide are moving along and you should expect to see new portions of our site being made public very soon! American Air Campers Association can now be found on Twitter. We will be tweeting about information pertaining to our wonderful Association as well as other interesting topics. Feel free to follow us by visiting our twitter page www.twitter.com/americanaircamp. We look forward to seeing you!