Adkisson Bio

APM President Steve Adkisson
Hammond, IL
Steve is the son of long time APM board member and vice-president Earl “Skeezix” Adkisson. He is a second generation antiquer who grew up on the airport in Tuscola Illinois, and in 1972, relocated to Atwood, Illinois, home of the Atwood Air Farce. At an early age, he began helping his father restore and maintain antique aircraft. Steve soloed at age 16 and received his private license at 20. At 21, he completed his first homebuilt project.

In 1985, he began an apprenticeship at Frasca Air Service in Urbana, Illinois, earning his A&P certificate. In 1990, he went to work for David L. Slaybaugh Aviation in Decatur, Illinois, specializing in restoring antique aircraft. In 2008, he returned to Frasca Air Services to restore and maintain the aircraft in the Frasca Air Museum.

After his father’s passing in 2008, Steve was appointed to the APM Board of Directors; then in 2016, was elected the President of the APM. Since he began serving on the APM Board, Steve has been the director of aircraft field repairs during the annual AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in. He has been involved with various museum aircraft and facility projects including: building of the Restoration Center, the design, construction and installation of the main museum hangar doors, the donation of, moving and reassembly of his father’s Atwood shop hangar that is part of the museum expansion project now regarded as the Adkisson Hangar.