HMA’r Wins at OSH!

Congratulations to Harvey Swift (lot Homestead) and his Pitts S-1C for earning the Paul Poberezny Founder’s Award for Best Classic Homebuilt Award at EAA Airventure 2017.

The plans built bi-plane was a six-year project for Harvey, a retired Southwest airlines pilot and aviator with 40 years behind the stick. If you see Harvey riding around the airpark on one of his classic motorcycles, flag him down! He’ll be happy to show you his award-winning baby!

Entry Paving Completed

In a continuing effort to maintain and improve the roads and taxiways of the airpark, new asphalt was installed from the postal center to the bottom of Flag Hill.

Prior to the overlay, French drains and gravel were installed to help direct ground water under and away from the asphalt surface. In addition, seal coating was applied to the Southridge Road entryway from Holley Mountain Road to the postal center. Bids and plans for additional pavement management are in the works for 2018.

Flag Hill Flags Again at Half Mast

With a heavy heart, the flags on Flag Hill have once again this year been lowered to half-mast in remembrance of the victims of the mass shooting in Texas.


The flags will soon be coming down for the winter season when they will be cleaned, repaired and stored for the winter by volunteers Carol Oakland (lot 5/6 ) and Joan Bland (lot 87 ). You’ll know spring is really here with the flags are hoisted once again in April.

Aluminum Overcast Arrives

In preparation for EAA’s B-17 “Aluminum Overcast” tour, the beast arrived

at Cantrell Field (KCWS) in Conway Sunday afternoon, November 5th.

The Clinton and Conway EAA Chapters are sponsoring the EAA’s B-17 Tour in Conway Nov. 10-12, 2017. Flights available in the mornings, ground tours in the afternoon.  Nov 11 is Veterans Day and plans are being made for a Veterans Ceremony. For more information or to purchase a flight, go to B17.org

Rock ON

Many, many thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor for our new entryway rock, proudly on display to the passersby on Holley Mountain Road.


The rock was purchased at Stevens Stone Supply on Highway 65 North and crafted by Amy Ragland of “Ragland Custom Hand Engraved Stone”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The slab was set in place at the airpark entrance by a horde of eager airpark volunteers on Saturday, March 4th.  The HMA Landscaping Crew has added a solar-powered night light and is planning to install a planting bed in the near future to further accentuate the slab.

Overjoyed with the Overlay!

Runway 05/23 has never looked better!

 

Crews from Asphalt Pavers Inc. of Conway delivered 3,200 tons of asphalt in 160 dump truck loads.  They installed 9,500 linear feet of 12” wide bituminous crack sealing tape over the existing cracks before laying 270,000 square feet of pavement.

After the 2-inch asphalt resurfacing, 200 gallons of paint were applied to bring the runway to life.  More good news – the final bill was actually a few dollars under the estimate!  Thanks to Mike Foote (lot 10/11) for coordinating the massive undertaking, along with Harold Sindt (lot 40), Milton Bland (lot 87), and all the volunteers who helped in the project.

Fly In Fogged In

EAA members did their best, but Mother Nature had other plans for the annual Clinton Airport Fly In/Open House. .

Fog followed by low ceilings limited the ‘fly in’ portion of the show, but folks still enjoyed the ‘open house’.

Dawson Aircraft emptied their hangars and Dr. Don Warren’s King Air, based at KCCA, added to the static display to make it look like we had a fly in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the clouds did finally part, onlookers enjoyed a pumpkin bombing demonstration.

KCCA Instrument Approach

For those times when low clouds prevent landings at 2A2 a new alternative is now available to instrument rated pilots – Clinton Muni RNAV (GPS) RWY 31

The new approach went ‘live’ in July and, with an MDA of 1460 feet, could provide an option to Little Rock/N Little Rock for times when finding our home runway isn’t possible. This link will take you to a larger, easier to read version of the approach plate.

Trees Cut for Safety

Millsap Tree Service of Clinton was contracted this winter to fell eleven trees near the main entrance. Some trees were leaning over the roadway while others were encroaching into the approach path of runway 05. Several other trees creeping into the runway 23 approach path were also cut.