Magazine to expand to 60 pages in 2013


November 15, 2012 – On September 1, Jim Busha took over as editor of the new Vintage Airplane magazine, official publication of the EAA Vintage Aircraft Association.

Busha, editor of EAA Warbirds of America magazine for the last five years, will continue in that role as well. His first issue of Vintage Airplane was October 2012, and the November issue – featuring a cream-and-red Santa Fe colored Waco on the cover – is due to arrive in members’ mailboxes soon.

“Although I have never met an airplane I didn’t like, my real passion is for the old Vintage/Warbird types,” Busha said. “I am intrigued by the nostalgia and the beauty of these airplanes. They take me back in time to our nation’s history during the Golden Age of flight when seeing an airplane flying overhead was more of a rare, fascinating delight.

“If you really want to step back in time, then I encourage you to stroll thru the Vintage area during AirVenture and gaze upon the wonderful flying machines on display. From the antiques of 1920s, 30s, and 40s, to the classics of the mid 1940s and 50s right up to the contemporaries from the 1950s thru 1970. It’s a cornucopia of color and technological advancements – all at one location – and only in the Vintage area.

Busha’s goal as Vintage editor: “To capture those romantic days of flight and showcase the historic treasures VAA members fly – both visually and in the words of the pilots and the restorers. More importantly I want to showcase our Vintage members, especially those who seek out and mentor our youth and instill in them the importance of keeping the antiques flying, for they are the future of this organization.”

In the few short months since taking over, Busha has discovered there are countless stories waiting to be told. “It’s not only about these wonderful airplanes – that’s just the cherry on top – more importantly, it’s about the people – those members who volunteer, restore, research and fly these airplanes. To me they are the heart and soul of the EAA Vintage Aircraft organization.”

Beginning in January 2013 Vintage Airplane will be expanded to more than 60 pages with a brand new design and look. These efforts will be led by Olivia Trabbold, senior art director at EAA. The new magazine will also now be published bi-monthly, with planned delivery to members the first week of each issue-month.

Jim Busha has been writing aviation articles for EAA since 2006 and is also an active pilot, flying his 1943 Aeronca L-3 for the last 12 years. He also writes for Flight Journal magazine as well as several European aviation publications. Busha published his first book, The High Battleground, with John Dibbs in 2006.