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Covid-19 Virus and Fredericksburg, Texas

Due to the ever changing concerns and restrictions on our world regarding the Covid-19 Virus the AYA Board of Directors have moved the 2020 Fredericksburg Convention to 2021 (no set date at this time). 


Many, many thanks to Scott Sanders, Susan Dollar, Cindy and Bill Daley for agreeing to host the 2021 Convention in Fredericksburg, Texas.  There are still many hours that are needed to cancel and re-book the venues, etc and that TAKES A LOT TIME AND COMMITMENT!!  Thanks again to you all.

The 2021 Pacific Region convention will now be held in 2022 (no date set yet).  I also want to thank Kim Muinch for his understanding and willingness to move the Pacific Region Convention to 2022.  Kim has been putting in a lot of time researching sites and hotels for 2021 and now must reschedule as well.

Full refunds have already been issued to all who had registered and paid their registration fees for the 2020 Convention.  

Don’t forget to cancel any reservations you may have made ie: car/hotel/airlines.  Hopefully they are all of the understanding of the situation and full refunds will be forth coming.  We just cancelled our hotel room at the Hangar Hotel and received a full refund. 

Scott Sanders has been in contact with the Hangar Hotel and they have agreed to book the AYA in for 2021 at the same quoted price of this year (this includes room rates and conference center).  WOW!!! Is that customer service or WHAT!!! 

ALSO:  The Convention Scholarship Auction is the main source of fundraising for the AYA Scholarship Program and as the convention is being cancelled for this year - Please “consider making a donation to the Scholarship Fund”.  Any and all donations are appreciated – Helping to keep our young people flying. 

Our Scholarship applicants must apply by February 1st, 2021 to be eligible for a Scholarship.  Our 2021 Convention will not be held until May 2021 – therefore, there will be few funds available for the applicants and/or we may have to cancel the program for next year without your support.

Stay healthy and fly safe – Hope to see you all in Fredericksburg in 2021

Any questions/concerns please contact myself at or phone: 1-306-441-9525.

Sharon Spence, President AYA

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Flying An AA1

by: Bob Reed, Safety Director

In all my 30+ years of flying, I have always gotten a checkout before flying a new make and model of aircraft. Probably 20 years ago, the manager of the on-airport maintenance shop handed me the keys to a Piper Saratoga and asked me to fly it to the owners airport. Continued here.

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Here you will learn about the organization, it's mission, along with viewing some photos and videos of a few of the exciting events that have occurred. The AYA organizes events for its members, which are conveniently located in varying areas around the regions. These events include fly-in brunches, overnight flying destinations, annual fly-in conventions, or exciting cross country adventures .

The AYA exists to serve its members.

As an active worldwide organization the American Yankee Association provides a unified avenue for those who own, operate, or just have an interest in the American Aviation, Grumman American, and Gulfstream Aerospace, AGAC and Tiger Aircraft. The AYA is open to everyone regardless of aircraft ownership or flying experience. The only criteria to join us is the desire to share the passion of flight.

The American Yankee Association (AYA) is the official owners group for all models of American Aviation, Grumman American, and Gulfstream Aerospace, AGAC and Tiger Aircraft. AYA was initially formed in June, 1976. The original concept focused on the model AA1 "American Yankee," with owners of subsequent two- and four-place models accepted as "associate members." This was changed almost immediately to include as full members all of the two-place owners, and, in 1978, the bylaws were amended to include all of the other models built by American Aviation, Grumman American, and Gulfstream Aerospace. In 1989, these aircraft were returned to production by the American General Aircraft Company (AGAC), and remained in production until 1994. Tiger Aircraft revived the line between 2001 and 2006. In honor of the original aircraft, the Yankee, designed by Jim Bede, the name of the organization has remained "American Yankee Association." The name has a long history that is well-known by numerous publications and organizations which have dealt with us over the years.

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Membership is open to all owners, pilots, and enthusiasts of the entire aircraft product line, ranging from the AA1 through the GA7. All memberships include the spouse or significant other of the primary member. Our policy on partnership-owned airplanes is that all partners not of the same household should join as individual members.

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The Benefits Of Membership
      Besides the personally rewarding camaraderie with other members, AYA events, and a myriad of other benefits, inside our website you will find:
 AYA Membership Directory (Members)
 Personal Membership File and Settings (Members)
Current and Archived AYA American Star Newsletters- click here for a sample 
Scholarship Program
New Owners, Pilot Proficiency Program
Member Discount Program
Grumman Savvy Shops (Members)
Technical Library Access (Members)
Company Store
Annual Convention
Ask The Experts
Promotional Brochure
Lauren Larsen and Dicey Miller Awards

Contact Us

For questions, comments or suggestions
regarding the AYA in general, please contact:
Sharon Spence, President, +1 (306) 441-9525

Membership Related:
Stew Wilson, AYA Secretary/Treasurer
PO Box 1531
Cameron Park, CA 95682, +1 (530) 295-7158, fax- +1 (530) 387-5200

Website Related:
Don Metz, AYA Webmaster

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