Flabob Airport (RIR) in Riverside, Calif., is home to the newest chapter of the Antique Airplane Association, which also happens to be one of the oldest chapters. That’s because is a revival of the “Riverside Valley Chapter,” formed in the 1960s but long dormant. Two of the charter members, Ray Stits and Bill Hill, are still active at Flabob and in the new-old chapter. Heading the revival is Chapter President Don Newman, who has been long been associated with the San Diego chapter of the AAA.
“We have hundreds of antique airplanes in the Los Angeles area and most owners have no affiliation with any organization,” said Newman. “We hope to change that and bring people together if for no other reason than to assist people in finding parts and reasonable insurance rates.”
The Flabob Chapter, which already numbers 18 members from the Flabob Airport area, is planning an AAA Fly-In for April 30, and expects a lot of Newman’s friends from San Diego to fly up for the one-day event. “There won’t be much in the way of formal activities,” said Newman. “Just a lot of flying and talking, which is what we tend to enjoy the most anyway.”
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