Roadway Improvements Kick Off Spring

Roads were closed on April 16th and 17th  to allow Asphalt Pavers Inc. of Conway to resurface several areas of airpark roadway .

Two stretches of pavement had been showing signs of wear and breakdown, especially after the copious amount of rain we experienced in late winter and early spring of this year.  Both resurfacing projects picked up where last year’s paving stopped near the bottom of Flag Hill.   On Southridge Road the new overlay extends to the beginning of Citation Drive, while on Mustang Drive the fresh pavement reaches to just east of the Harrier Road intersection.

A small portion of Citation Hill was also repaved to repair two areas of damage.   This is the only airpark pavement resurfacing project currently planned for 2018.

‘HMAW’ Ladies Have a Fun Musical Gathering

The women of HMA (HMAW), had a fun gathering Monday night (2/5) at Beth Sauer’s home on Stinson.

Earlier, anniversary dates had been collected, and the surprise reason was to share what the #1 song was on each woman’s wedding date. Beth played samples from each song as all tried to figure out if it might be theirs. Songs ranged from the romantic such as Best of My Love by Petula Clark (Debbie Haley), to some really apropos songs such as Get Out of My Dreams, Get Into My Car by Billy Ocean (Cheryl Williams).  This was followed by a contest to see who could guess the number of 3D airplanes (not pictures of planes) in 5 rooms of Beth’s home. It was 37, and Shirley Scroggins got it exactly (even finding one Beth missed)!  That was followed by a “chick flick”, The Proposal (Sandra Bullock & Ryan Reynolds) which gave everyone a good time!  The HMAW gathers as often as someone decides to hold a gathering and all women of HMA are welcome.  (Beth is working on a list of HMAW and their contact information that can be shared with the group.)

Progressive Dinner Kicks Off 2018

Mother Nature did her best to throw an icy chill on the mountain New Year’s Day, but she was no match for the warm friends and fellowship of our annual Progressive Dinner.

Even with temps hovering in the teens and some folks out of town there was an excellent turn-out for the affair as 35 Holley Mountaineers shook off the cold for our traditional kick-off to the new year – a New Year’s Day three-stop touch-n-go culinary journey ‘around the patch’ – with appetizers at the home of Neal and Debbie Haley, the main course at John and Carol Oakland’s hangar, followed by desserts and coffee at the home of Walt and Linda Petersen.  










A silly little tradition is the drawing for the new year-long home of the Airpark Squirrel, which this year was awarded to the Haley’s. 









The little guy will be on display at the newest home in the airpark for the remainder of 2018!


A big thank you to the hosts and volunteers of this years dinner that helped make a cold night feel a lot warmer.   Have a safe and happy new year!

AOPA Magazine Features Oz Opportunities

There are many opportunities to find interesting flying destinations in our “neck of the woods”, as illustrated in the January 2018 edition of AOPA Pilot Magazine. 

The article, “Wings and Wheels – Building an Aviation Ecosystem in Bike Country” concentrates on back-country airstrips near us in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas that offer ways to combine aviation with rafting, hiking, camping, fishing, mountain biking and more.   The article describes some lesser known back-country strips, such as “Ponca International”, a challenging airstrip built on a hillside near the Buffalo National River.  Another back-country gem not far from 2A2 is Byrd’s Back Country Airstrip on the Mulberry River.  It gives aviators access to hiking, rock climbing, camping and more.  They also have a general store, a restaurant, cabins and regularly scheduled events.


Gaston’s White River Resort, a 3,200 foot grass strip adjacent to the White River near Mountain Home, AR is a bit more “civilized” and is a regular detestation of many HMA’rs because of their restaurant’s delicious Sunday brunch.  You’ll also find a unique gift shop, and for trout fishing it’s a world class resort with riverfront cabins.










Check out the article in the January edition of AOPA Pilot Magazine or view it online HERE.  AOPA also published another Ozarks aviation article in June 2016 which you can visit HERE.



Pass the Stuffing!

It took an airplane hangar to hold it all!

About 50 HMAr’s and their families spent Thanksgiving afternoon at the hangar of Ron and Mary Edwards *stuffing* themselves with an amazing array of turkey, ham, veggies, and all the trimmings.

Followed by a round of touch ‘n go’s at the dessert tables (yes, tableS)…  It was a great opportunity to come together to give thanks (and eat and eat and eat) with our families and friends at the airpark.



Happy Holidays to all!

2018 New Years Progressive Dinner Plans

The annual kick off to the new year is once again upon us – the 2018 New Years Day Progressive Dinner!

HMAr’s are in for some “closed pattern work” as pilots and passengers will progress around the airpark, albeit in cars and not airplanes.   Holley Mountaineers visit three HMA homes and/or hangars for a fun night that will begin at 5:30pm at one home with appetizers; move on at 6:30pm to someone’s hangar for the main course; and then on to another home at 7:30pm for dessert.   This year the Haley’s have volunteered to start the night at their BRAND NEW home for appetizers. THANK YOU Neil and Debby!  Next, we caravan over to John and Carol Oakland’s hangar for the main event.  Save room for dessert at Walt and Linda Petersen’s.   For more info and to RSVP, contact Beth Robinson.  A special invitation goes out to our non-resident property owners – if you can, please make plans to join us!  We’d love to see everyone to start off the new year!

Aluminum Overcast Tour a Success

Our EAA Chapter, in conjunction with theConway EAA’rs, co-hosted aweekend tour stop of EAA’s Aluminum Overcast at Cantrell Field in Conway on November 10-12.

From Chapter 1459’s Facebook page:
The B-17 in Conway was a huge success. They flew 14 passenger flights with over 135 people. We sold or gave to veterans and kids hundreds of passes for tours of the aircraft. The airport was mobbed all weekend, especially for the ceremony for veterans on Saturday afternoon.. A special thanks to the Cantrells for their incredible job and hard work organizing the event and to the Conway chamber of commerce for their generous support to the crew and volunteers. It was amazing all weekend and an honor to have been there.

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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.