American Yankee Association

The International Grumman Pilots Association   


Upcoming events

    • 4 Apr 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Sun n Fun, Lakeland, Florida, KLAL

    Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic SnF 2020 has been cancelled. Hopefully the team will be able to host an AYA event with SnF  in April of 2021. Thanks for your efforts this year.



    • 18 Apr 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Santa Rosa, CA (STS)


    Sky Lounge Steakhouse & Sushi Bar is far from your typical airport restaurant. Want to find out why it’s described as "one of the best kept secrets in Sonoma County", come & join us! We all know Snoopy was pretending it was a Grumman when he flew his kennel!

    RSVP: Stew Wilson at 530-295-7158 or

    • 2 May 2020
    • Estevan, Saskatchewan, CYEN

    Meet the Central Region director, Doug Reetz, fly-in for lunch,

    We have no customs available here unless everyone on board is a member of CANPASS. Estevan is a CANPASS port only. Regina or the Peace Gardens (Dunseith, S28) are our closest ports of entry for general aviation. It would be nice to see some of our American friends show up.

    • 8 May 2020
    • 10 May 2020
    • Trier, EDRT, Germany

    The large number of well-preserved Roman monuments is unparalleled North of the Alps & has earned Trier the nickname ‘Rome of the North’. Join us for a weekend of culture, wine, good food & Grumman!

    RSVP: Joerg (Yogi) Beck at +49-178-2634500 or

    For full event PDF click here.

    • 11 May 2020
    • 14 May 2020
    • POSTPONED TO 2021

    Due to the uncertainty regarding the Covid-19 Pandemic the 2020 AYA Convention has been postponed to May, 2021. Folks who paid their registration via credit card should already have received a refund.

    AYA 2020, Fredericksburg, Texas, T82, Scott,

    Preview of AYA 2020 is here.

    Area Info-

    Interested in joining up/ride sharing to the Convention?

    Send an email to and we will try and match you up.

    Well, the word is out.....TEXAS will be the site for our next convention!  Fredericksburg, TX to be specific, in the heart of the beautiful Texas Hill Country.  This neat little German themed town is where our 2006 convention was held and for those of you who attended back then, you'll remember what a great time we had (aside from the blazing HEAT!)  As it will have been 14 years since we last met in Fredericksburg, we decided it was a good time to revisit.  The town has grown in the last 14 years but you'll find it to be as charming and interesting as ever.  In order to avoid the intense summertime heat, as well as to take advantage of off season pricing, we've scheduled the event to take place May 11-14, 2020.

    The primary convention hotel will be The Hangar Hotel,  conveniently located right on the field (T82) and next door to the convention facility.  They will begin accepting reservations on October 14, 2019.  We have booked the entire facility, (50 rooms) and negotiated the rates down to $119.00 for Sunday through Thursday.  Rates outside those days will be higher.  You can call 830-997-9990 to make your reservation and be sure to mention the AYA BLOCK RATE. 

    The overflow hotel, Fredericksburg Inn & Suites  will also be the same one we used last time, but it has recently undergone a $4 million renovation and is extremely nice.  It also benefits from having a full complementary breakfast and is an easy, one block walk from main street where all the shopping, restaurants and museums are located.  They are accepting reservations now and you can contact them at 830-997-0202.  Again, be sure to mention the AYA BLOCK RATE.

    Your convention chairs, Bill and Cindy Daly, my wife Susan Dollar and myself are determined to put on a great convention for you so please mark your calendars now, polish your boots and spurs and start planning to attend.  More updates on the activities and attractions will be coming in the near future so stay tuned and check back to the AYA website often.  See you in TEXAS!!

    • 14 May 2020
    • Fredericksburg, TX (T82): The Members Dinner

    The responses will still be drawn from so don't forget to send them in to Sharon,

    You found SasqWatch!  Another opportunity to enter the drawing for a beautiful, rare wood SaskWatch watch!  Just send your name, phone number, and this location to Sharon Spence at

    • 28 May 2020
    • 1 Jun 2020
    • Oban, Scotland, CANCELLED

    Dear Grumman enthusiasts, 

    in the current situation of uncertainty of travel and safety (or lack thereof) to your health the organizer team and myself came to the conclusion that with deep regret we will have to cancel this years European convention.

    Who would’ve thought that not the scottish weather but a worldwide pandemic disease would hinder our flight paths?

    But as they say in flying: Better safe than sorry. We do not want to risk that any of our dear friends is getting infected. 

    The event will be still hosted in Scotland. Just one year later so you have more time doing your travel planning, check online what sights to see before or after and scramble for more pocket money to spend.

    And as usual at or around Pentecost (end of may), depending on the hotels situation still to be verified. 

    I am so very grateful and proud that Val and Sandy - despite all that work that now will roll over them a second time - did not hesitate a bit and volunteered to try again next year. Thank you so very much for this. It’s really highly appreciated.

    If there is any justice in the world this will surely be honored with georgous weather next year. 

    Attached you'll find the cancellation notice by the organizers Val and Sandy. You will all get a refund of your pre-payments.

    More details in their letter. We’d love you to rejoin for 2021 and you - the current attendees - have a head start! 

    So please (!) look after yourself and your family at this time because we do want to see you next year!

    Join me in raising your glasses with me tonight: to Oban 2021! 

    All the best


    PS: Don’t forget to cancel your hotel and car rental bookings and for some: airline flights too 


    • 10 May 2021
    • 13 May 2021
    • Fredericksburg, Texas (T82)

    AYA 2020.1, Fredericksburg, Texas, T82, Scott,

Past events

21 Mar 2020 Willows, CA (WLW)
22 Feb 2020 Auburn, CA (AUN)
8 Feb 2020 Lunch at the Pik n Pig restaurant BQ1 North Carolina
14 Dec 2019 Grand Prairie, TX GPM fly-in Dec 14
7 Dec 2019 The Runway Café, Greenville, GMU
30 Nov 2019 Block Island, RI (KBID)
16 Nov 2019 Gulf Coast Regional (LBX)
2 Nov 2019 EAA GIA (Gilbert International Airpark) fly-in
25 Oct 2019 Branson (FWB), MO
19 Oct 2019 Los Banos (LSN)CA, Black Bear Diner
19 Oct 2019 Texas Barnstorming Museum Fly-in and BBQ
30 Sep 2019 AYA 2019 Annual Convention (Late Registration Only)
14 Sep 2019 Amana (C11), IA
7 Sep 2019 The Triple Tree Fly-in at SC00
24 Aug 2019 Nut Tree (VCB)CA, Fentons
17 Aug 2019 The Flying Machine at the Gwinnett County Airport, KLZU
23 Jul 2019 AYA Forum at EAA AirVenture
13 Jul 2019 Johnston County Airport in North Carolina, KJNX, to Sam’s Flying Scoops
13 Jul 2019 Colusa O08 Old Tyme Fly-In
15 Jun 2019 Harris Ranch (3O8)CA, Harris Ranch Inn
15 Jun 2019 Fly In to Sanford, Maine (SFM)
8 Jun 2019 Brenham, TX for lunch
6 Jun 2019 AYA Europe 2019
1 Jun 2019 Lunch at Howard's Pub and Raw Bar Ocracoke Island NC
31 May 2019 Weekend on Ocracoke Island NC
25 May 2019 Red Bluff (RBL)CA, Val & Leighs
18 May 2019 Lunch at The Pik N Pig Gilliam-McConnell Airfield BQ1 NC
11 May 2019 Southern Region Fly-in to San Marcos, TX CANCELLED FOR NOW
4 May 2019 Pella (PEA), IA, Tulip Festival and lunch
27 Apr 2019 Gaston's (3M0), AR
20 Apr 2019 Lodi (1O3)CA, Lodi Cafe
13 Apr 2019 Fly-In Westfield-Barnes airport (BAF)
13 Apr 2019 Lunch at The Elevation Chophouse Kennesaw GA. KRYY
11 Apr 2019 Tyler Airport, Texas , Lunch
5 Apr 2019 Payson, AZ Air Camping Weekend
30 Mar 2019 Lunch Spruce Creek FL 7FL6
24 Mar 2019 Reading, PA (RDG)
23 Mar 2019 Fresno (FCH) CA, Tailspin Tommy’s
14 Mar 2019 Alamogordo, NM, March 14-17
23 Feb 2019 Oroville, (OVE)CA, Table Mountain Golf Resort
9 Feb 2019 Mineral Wells, TX Fly-in
26 Jan 2019 Lunch at The Runway Cafe Greenville SC KGMU
5 Jan 2019 Llano, TX BBQ Run
15 Dec 2018 Lunch at The Runway Cafe, Greenville Downtown Airport, SC (KGMU)
17 Nov 2018 Lunch at the Red Baron Diner at Southbridge, Massachusetts (3B0)
17 Nov 2018 Lunch at The Pik N Pig Gillian McConnell Airfield NC (BQ1)
10 Nov 2018 Auburn (AUN), CA
20 Oct 2018 Lunch at Twin Lakes Airport SC (S17)
13 Oct 2018 Bakersfield (L45), CA
13 Oct 2018 Lunch & Museum Tour at Houston Hobby
13 Oct 2018 Fall Classic Fly-In Lebanon Municipal Airport TN M54
13 Oct 2018 Fernandina Beach, FL, (KFHB)
6 Oct 2018 Gathering at Carbondale, IL at the Southern Illinois Airport (KMDH)
24 Sep 2018 AYA 2018 Annual Convention
15 Sep 2018 Bessie's Dinner, Janesville, WI airport (KJVL)
8 Sep 2018 Lunch at The 57 Alpha Cafe, Rutherford County, NC (KFQD)
18 Aug 2018 Vacaville (VCB), CA
18 Aug 2018 Ice Cream at Sam's Flying Scoops, Johnston County Airport, NC (KJNX)
18 Aug 2018 Saturday Aug 18 Fly-in Stephenville, TX
24 Jul 2018 EAA AirVenture AYA Forum
21 Jul 2018 Sacramento (SAC), CA
14 Jul 2018 Lunch at The Crosswind Cafe and Tour The Aviation Museum, Hickory, NC (KHKY)
7 Jul 2018 Sheboygan, WI airport (SBM), formerly Janesville, WI
16 Jun 2018 Cameron Park (O61), CA
9 Jun 2018 Lunch at The Flying Machine, Gwinnett County Airport GA (KLZU)
25 May 2018 AYA Europe Annual Meeting, 2018
19 May 2018 Paso Robles (PRB), CA
19 May 2018 Lunch at The Pik N Pig Gillian McConnell Airfield NC (BQ1)
19 May 2018 Nashua, NH (KASH) Boston TRACON
12 May 2018 Sheboygan, WI (SBM)
21 Apr 2018 Petaluma (O69), CA
14 Apr 2018 AYA Forum – Lakeland Sun N Fun
7 Apr 2018 Payson, AZ (KPAN) Air Camping Weekend and Lunch at Crosswinds Cafe
24 Mar 2018 Red Bluff (RBL), CA
24 Mar 2018 Gulf Coast Regional KLBX- Lunch
24 Feb 2018 Willows (WLW), CA
23 Feb 2018 Port Aransas, TX Whooping Crane Festival
17 Feb 2018 2nd CAN-TEX Fly-in to Edinburg, Texas
20 Jan 2018 Shenandoah (SDA), IA
9 Dec 2017 Canceled: New Bedford, MA (EWB) - Lunch at Airport Grill
2 Dec 2017 Midland, TX Re-do
18 Nov 2017 Fresno Chandler, CA (FCH)
18 Nov 2017 Lunch Stearman Field, (1K1) Benton, KS
18 Nov 2017 Kerrville, TX fly-in
18 Nov 2017 CANCELED Empire State Aerosciences Museum and Lunch at the Glass Tavern (KSCH)
4 Nov 2017 Lunch fly-in at Gilbert International Airpark SC (SC45)
27 Oct 2017 Louisiana Fly-in, Louisiana Regional (KREG)
21 Oct 2017 Lunch, Petaluma, CA (O69) Cancelled due to fires
21 Oct 2017 Nashua (ASH) Midfield Cafe
20 Oct 2017 Branson, MO, weekend. Branson West (FWB)
23 Sep 2017 Lunch Creve Coeur (1H0) St Louis
23 Sep 2017 Midland, TX Fly-in
16 Sep 2017 Excel Grumman Picnic & Maintenance Seminar
16 Sep 2017 Lunch at Noon, Salinas, CA (SNS)
9 Sep 2017 Lunch at The Pic-N-Pig Gilliam-McConnell Airfield NC (BQ1)
12 Aug 2017 Lunch at Bebes at Noon, Livermore, CA (LVK)
12 Aug 2017 Lunch at The Steak House, (KHUT) Hutchinson, KS
12 Aug 2017 Lunch at The Flying Machine Gwinnett County Airport (KLZU)
5 Aug 2017 Grumman Gatherers Picnic, Poplar Grove, IL airport (C77).
29 Jul 2017 Lunch at the Red Baron Diner, Southbridge (3B0) CANCELLED
25 Jul 2017 AYA - Grumman Forum at AirVenture
15 Jul 2017 Lunch at Leigh and Vals at Noon, Red Bluff, CA (RBL)
15 Jul 2017 Lunch at the Runway Cafe, Greenville, SC, KGMU
7 Jul 2017 Arlington, WA, KAWO
17 Jun 2017 Lunch at Nancy's at Noon, Willows, CA (WLW)
10 Jun 2017 **MOVED** Montauk Point KMTP, New York
10 Jun 2017 Gatherers to Milwaukee Timmerman Airport
9 Jun 2017 Canoe float, (GMJ) Grove, OK CANCELLED
8 Jun 2017 European Annual Event
22 May 2017 AYA 2017 Annual Convention, Paso Robles, CA, (KPRB)
20 May 2017 May 20th 12:00 Lunch - Kobelt N45 New York
22 Apr 2017 Gastons Resort (3M0), Lakeview, AR
15 Apr 2017 Lunch at Ellas at Noon, Watsonville, CA (WVI)
8 Apr 2017 AYA Forum Meeting at Sun ‘n Fun
18 Mar 2017 Lunch at Table Mountain Golf Club, Oroville, CA (OVE)
24 Feb 2017 Kingsville, TX Fly-in
18 Feb 2017 Lunch at Nancy's, Willows, CA (KWLW)
21 Jan 2017 Lunch at Nashua, NH (KASH)
3 Dec 2016 Lunch at Oxford, CT (KOXC)
14 Oct 2016 Annual Branson weekend

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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