Hoppy Happy Hour at American Helicopter Museum 

Have a Hoppy Happy Hour at Helicopter Museum’s Hops & Helicopters 

The American Helicopter Museum & Education Center (AHMEC) hosts a very hoppy happy hour on Friday, Sept. 7, from 5 until 9 p.m. Local breweries, distilleries, a cidery, and mead club gather for a fun evening of tastings, music, and more!

Locust Lane Craft Brewery, Root Down Brewing Company, Stable 12 Brewing Company, Tuned Up Brewery, and Appalachian Brewing Company will pour thirst-quenching brews. Artisan Homebrew and Milford Mills Brew Club will bring home blends to try. Pennsylvania Distilling Company, Brandywine Branch Distilling, Dressler Estate Cidery, and Milltown Meads Meadery will add their specialties to the mix.

“Hops & Helicopters is a fundraising event supporting the museum’s programs,” said Dr. Karen Schwarz, AHMEC Board member. “We have local breweries and cideries signed up to hand out samples. New this year, we have two distilleries joining us, as well as a mead club. Some local vendors are also taking part, including Thom’s Jerky and Healing Hands Massage. Of course, visitors will be able to tour the museum while enjoying their beverages.”

Additionally, the University of the Sciences Brewing Program will disperse samples of their creations. Haute Wheels and The Meat House food trucks will sell amazing culinary delights. A local DJ will provide great music.

“After surviving the first weeks back to school, who doesn’t need some beer and a massage?” Schwarz continued. “Really, is there a better happy hour out there? We’ll have music, all kinds of drinks to sample, massages, great food, and helicopters. Show me a bar that can top that!”

Admission is $30 in advance or $35 at the door, which includes museum entry as well as a souvenir sampling glass. Admission is $10 for designated drivers or guests under age 21. Attendees must be 21 years old or older to consume alcohol. Proof of age is required.

Contact AHMEC at 610/436-9600 or see the website at to purchase tickets or for more information.

The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, located at 1220 American Boulevard, West Chester, in the land of industry innovators in the Philadelphia region, is the nation’s premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. Established in 1996, the nonprofit organization collects, restores and displays rotary-wing aircraft, including over 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogiros, and convertiplanes.



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Ely Helicopter Service Uses Schweiss Doors and Wins Competition

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Winning an award for a job well done is surely gratifying, but a satisfied customer is the top priority among craftsmen in any field.

Bill Buckner of B&B Welding in Sallisaw, Okla., installed a 46- by 15-foot hydraulic door from Schweiss Doors on the Ely Helicopter Services hangar project, complete with two remote openers. The hangar was constructed with products from Star Building Systems. The building measures 70 feet long with a 16-foot eave height and a 2:12 slope on the roof. The hydraulic door is positioned in the middle of one 98-foot end wall. The project was submitted for Star’s Master Builder Contest and won Best of Hangar.

Jason “Hoot” Ely of Ely Helicopter Services is the satisfied customer on this project, constructed for his Sallisaw crop-spraying business. Ely also offers aerial sightseeing, videos and photography, wildlife surveys, land surveys, cattle gathering, pipeline and powerline patrol, and aerial hog eradication and predator control. “I really like the one-piece door,” said Ely. “It also gives you more shade and keeps the hangar cooler. I’ve seen Schweiss doors on other hangars. I’m totally pleased with the construction of the door.”

Ely learned the flying business from his father, John, at the age of 17 and now spends most of his time as the operations manager. He employs two helicopter pilots. Crop spraying makes up the bulk of the family business with an air fleet that consists of two helicopters: a Jet Ranger B3 and a Robinson R44 Raven II. Ely also has a Cessna Ag Truck and an American Champion Scout.

“We go anywhere between oceans if there is enough work to do,” he said. “We’re getting ready to head toward Iowa and will finish the fungicide season up in Minnesota. We had been renting three hangars at the city airport, but now we have our own grass runway at home, five miles from Sallisaw. This puts everything in one place.” It was Buckner who recommended the Schweiss Doors hydraulic door.

“I like the hydraulic doors for the full canopy they provide with no loss of headroom,” Buckner said. “For that reason and also it keeps our sidewalls down low. The higher the building, the higher the cost. The Ely hangar has three offices, it’s air-conditioned and really nice, but you know, hangars are all about the doors and the floors!”Buckner first learned of Schweiss doors while looking at hangars at the Bentonville, Ark., airport. These hangars had Schweiss bifold and hydraulic doors.”

“I looked at the way the bifold doors come together and the thickness of the backing where the hydraulic door pushes out on the hydraulic cylinder,” he said. “I could just see more quality in it, and they were very competitive in price.”

“Installation is not hard at all. In one day, we had the door hung, and on the next day we had all the hydraulic lines run and got the door working. Every time I’ve called, as far as customer service, Schweiss always answered my questions or got right back to me.”

”Buckner said B&B Welding only sells and erects Star Buildings. In 15 years, the company has built upwards of 150 buildings, ranging in size from 30 by 50 feet to 250 by 250 feet. “If someone calls and they have a different building on the ground, I won’t take the job,” he said. “And when we look at aircraft hangar doors, it’s going to be Schweiss.”

Schweiss Doors is the premier manufacturer of hydraulic and bifold liftstrap doors. Doors are custom made to any size for any type of new or existing building for architects and builders determined to do amazing things with their buildings, including the doors. Schweiss also offers a cable to liftstrap conversion package. For more information, visit 

Photo Captions:ElyHelicopter1: This 98- by 70-foot hangar owned by Ely Helicopter Services of Sallisaw, Okla., has a SchweissDoors 46- by 15-foot hydraulic door with a remote opening system. The door is positioned in the middle of the steel building end wall.


Tomorrow At Planes of Fame 

Plane of Fame Air Museum
TUE. AUG 7th, 2018
ATTENTION ALL VETERANS: Please join us the first Tuesday of each month 9-11am for complimentary refreshments and free entry to Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino CA.
Kilroy Coffee Klatch
Kilroy Coffee Klatch
TUESDAY, August 7th ~ 9am - 11am
Planes of Fame Air Museum, 14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino, CA
We invite all veterans to join in, meet other veterans from the area and share whatever is on your mind. Planes of Fame Executive Director Jerry Wilkins will host, complimentary refreshments will be served and museum admission is waived for attending Veterans and their guests. 
Our ongoing presentation series, “Rare Birds”, will feature another of the Museum’s aircraft treasures. This informative presentation will start at 10:30am in the Museum Theater.
P-51 Mustang
Ever wonder what it  feels like to sit in the cockpit of one of America’s most famous warbirds?  Here’s a chance for you and up to 3 of your guests to put yourself in the pilot’s seat of Planes of Fame Air Museum’s P-51D Mustang “Spam Can”. The Planes of Fame Open Cockpit Day gives members the chance to explore the exciting field of aviation by getting up close and personal with this historic aircraft.
Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Lifetime members are invited to join us August 25, 2018 for a presentation on the P-51D Mustang with complimentary coffee, juice, pastries, and more.  Planes of Fame Pilot and Volunteer, Tom Nightingale will assist each person into the cockpit, explain the controls and answer any questions. Memories won’t stop there! Attendees will have their picture taken and the souvenir photo emailed to them. Not a Silver or above Member? You can upgrade your membership to add your name to the guest list. This will be an RSVP only event. For more info, to upgrade or RSVP please contact: Liz Esparza 909-597-3722 x120 subject to change without notice)
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‘Little Friends’
Featuring the P-51 Mustang!
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Featuring the North American P-51 Mustang!   A speaker panel of  distinguished WWII pilots, aviation experts, historians and authors is featured, followed by a question & answer period. The P-51 Mustang will be on display and is scheduled to perform a flight demonstration.
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Robert J. Friend, Lt. Col. USAF Ret. In 1942, Mr. Friend joined the Air Force and was sent to Tuskegee Institute for military pilot training.
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