Massey Aerodrome received the most votes in AOPA’s Hidden Gem Airport Contest sponsored by Aviat Aircraft.
June 1, 2017, AOPA announced the results of the voting with two lucky pilots receiving the prize of a four day weekend flying an Aviat Husky in the Idaho backcountry for having nominated one of the top two airports.
Thanks to all of Massey’s friends and Museum Members who voted, we look forward to getting recognition in the AOPA magazine. Thanks to Jeff Auen for nominating Massey, Jeff owns an AirCam based in Essex, Maryland. Let’s face it there was no “luck” involved, we wanted it and we got it – even if it’s only the “Bragging Rights.” Jeff Auen is a Member of the Massey Air Museum and a good friend of Massey Aerodrome (plus an outstanding builder of a beautiful Air Cam). He is a worthy winner! The contest ran on AOPA’s Facebook page in May and asked pilots to submit their favorite Hidden Gem airport with a brief description of why they loved it, plus a few photos.
First Antique Fly-In at Massey – a resounding success!
45th Antique Fly-In of the Potomac Antique Aero Squadron.
Approx. 75 show & guest airplanes plus 1 helicopter attended. It was breezy with a cross wind but partly sunny with low humidity that made the temperature in the low 90’s feel almost comfortable. Six airplanes received awards and 3 past award winners also attended. John Machamer’s brand new restoration, a 1930 Davis D-1K received two awards and father & son Joe & Jason Flood each received an award. We look forward to John Machamer to receive the Gold Lindy this year at Oshkosh.
Also attending was Joe Kaminskas’ 1930 WACO RNF and Marlin Horst’s 1929 Fairchild 71, both past Horn Point award winners and both are also recipients of aviations highest Award for restoration: EAA VINTAGE ANTIQUE GRAND CHAMPION – Gold Lindy.
Gene Breiner’s 1936 Taylorcraft J-2 stole the show when he put on the single blade Everel propeller and flew numerous demonstration flights (a two blade propeller is used for ferry flights across the bay).
AWARDS at the 45th Antique Fly-In of the Potomac Antique Aero Squadron, held at Massey Aerodrome June 11th, 2016:
Antique Sweepstakes: NC1584 1930 Davis D-1K, John Machamer
PAAS Presidents Award: NC1584 1030 Davis D-1K, John Machamer Gettysburg PA.
Antique Grand Champion: NC23927 1939 Aeronca Chief, Joe Flood
Best Custom Built: N907MG 1999 Pitts S1S, Jason Flood Franklinville NJ.
Classic Grand Champion: N195RA 1953 Cessna 195B, Ray Franke Bath PA.
Contemporary Grand Champion: N7258A 1956 Cessna C-172, Michael Meyers, Owings MD.
Military Grand Champion: N79731 1944 Piper L-4, Paul Smith, Mt. Airy MD.
AAA HQ Award: NC16745 1036 Taylor J-2, Eugene Breiner Newville PA