Hello to all Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum members, past, present and future! It’s been awhile since we, ACAM’s leadership, have been in touch…a little too long.
Since the passing last year of long time members and volunteers, Reg Clarke and Frank MacLoon, we’ve been left to pick up where they have left off…and that is no easy task! It’s amazing the contributions these two fine fellas have made to our beloved museum.
It’s been over a year since we provided updates from the workshop, the galleries and beyond…so with this simple email, I hope to give everyone a little update on some of the various projects that are going on at ACAM these days, since we’re a little overwhelmed and swamped to come up with a proper newsletter.
This past year has brought on a number of changes…a very large number of changes…
Our previous President, Dave McMahon has stepped down after several successful years at the helm. Danny Price has stepped up and jumped right into the role of president and quickly took on the many responsibilities associated with the job.
I have been invited to join the board of directors, which I accepted without hesitation, knowing that I can help make some important decisions with the museum’s best interest in mind. Danny Price has also been asked to join the board of directors and gladly accepted the position. We still have regular board meetings once a month to discuss topics of interest related to the operations at ACAM… and to catch up on current aviation related news, of course.
Inside the Frank MacLoon Gallery, you’ll find many welcome changes.
The huge, old, buzzing lights have all been replaced with modern, energy efficient flourescent fixtures. The difference is like night and day. Seriously, it’s so much brighter in the hanger than it once was. The barriers being constructed during the last newsletter have been completed and are in place. The plastic chains have been strung up, forming a nice barrier between the visitors and the displays, yet are small and low as to not obstruct any views of the aircraft.
The barriers are an important part of Controlled Goods program, which is now in place throughout our facilities.
The Argus nose has opened up for public display. We’ve added a set of stairs at the back entrance, added some lighting and set up some plexiglass barriers to form a very interesting display for visitors to enter.
My long-term project, the Cessna L-19 Bird Dog has taken flight again…sort of. We’ve jacked it up about 6 feet in the air, in flying position and placed it on a cleverly constructed stand. It now flies above the starboard wing of the Harvard. The decals are in progress and should be settled soon. Unfortunately, the deal with our last graphic supplier has not worked out and we are now using Bill, at CanMilAir.com to provide us with an accurate, easy to apply, marking solution. Once the markings have been sorted, the wings will go on and final assembly will take place.
I have also made a great contact, Kris Reynolds from the West Coast. He has gone to great lengths so far to round up some vital pieces to complete this project. I am currently awaiting the arrival of his first package. I can’t wait to see what’s in it!
Nestled below the L-19, the Link Trainer has received a much needed face lift, but awaits final assembly…when we find the time. At the opposite end of the hanger our newest acquisition, a Citabria, has been assembled and is now on permanent display.
There is a great article on this special aircraft in the May/June issue of Canadian Aviator. Also, see these links for additional info:
Several displays have been updated, remodeled, relocated, or removed all together, in order to bring a refreshed appearance and to make a little room. Many of these changes are still in progress, so I guess you’ll have to make a trip in to see exactly what we’ve done.
I’m sure there is more that I’m forgetting, so best left for you to discover :)
Due to the large volume of artifacts arriving from Reg’s personal collection, the Saturday volunteers were busy making room for this vast collection. They’ve extended the library out and put up a wall where the old N.S. Tourism desk was.
They’ve also installed a large metal rack, spanning one wall in the board room. Now that everything has a spot to sit (other than the table or the floor), the next big task will be to sort through and catalogue every item. If you could see the amount of artifacts to go through, you would no that this will not be an easy task.
As you’ve just read, there is still plenty going on at ACAM, even though you have not heard much from us in the past year or so. As always, we are short on man power and we could really use some help. If you have a free Saturday sometime, please drop in! If you’re free another day, let us know and I’m sure we can work something out. If you’ve volunteered in the past, please stop in, it would be nice to see you again. Micheal White will be opening the doors for the season on May 17th, so we’ll be open 7 days a week, 9-5, from that point forward.
We need help in many different ways, not just aircraft work or display maintenance… Another way to help us out is by renewing your yearly membership.
Our yearly membership is provided to allow those that cannot directly take part with hands on museum activities, to let us know of continuing interest and to make a much needed contribution to our yearly revenue. I’m attaching a form that you can download print out and mail in… we’ll see what happens.
Speaking of help, we are looking for someone to take over the task of compiling a seasonal newsletter. If you’d like to give it a try, even just once, feel free to contact me :) I’m not equipped for this job as I don’t even have a proper word processing program and am forced to use Word Pad provided with my computer.
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like to help out in any other way!
8+ years of volunteering at ACAM
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Volunteer – Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum