The Big Birds return to American Aero Services


The surest sign of winter in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., is the appearance of some unusually big birds migrating south. These birds, the Collings Foundation B-17G and B-24J, fly in every year for their annual maintenance appointment.

On a sunny Saturday this past November, the public got its yearly opportunity for an up-close view of the bombers and also the Collings TP-51C Mustang at American Aero Services, based at New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport (EVB).

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Aircraft maintenance tips: Spring cleaning

The snow has melted in the northern parts of the country and previously dormant hangar doors are starting to open. Flying season is here! But before you jump back into the air, it’s wise to take some time to prepare your airplane for the busy flying season, according to A&P Jeff Simon on a blog post at He says it pays to do a thorough cleaning, inspection, and preventive maintenance as an introduction to the flying season. Check out all his tips here.