Commission for Aerophilately

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Last update: 13-Sep-2017

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FIP Commission for Aerophilately                               Issue No.1

The FIP Aerophilately Commission consists of the following members:

FIP Board Coordinator: Aldo Samame y Samame (Peru)

Chairman: Ross Wood (Australia) Editor of this newsletter

Secretary: Norman Banfield (New Zealand)

FEPA: Jaromir Matejka (Austria)

FIAF: Enrique Lewowics (Uruguay)

FIAP: Mao-Hsin (Michael) Lin (Taiwan R.O.C)

Additional: Fredrik Ydell (Sweden)

Additional: Martha Villarroel de Peredo (Bolivia)

Webmaster: Charles Bromser (Australia)

Editorial (Chairman’s Comments)

It is over 4 years since I was elected as Chairman of the FIP Commission for Aerophilately and in that time, I have distributed 8 short newsletters with information mainly about forthcoming Seminars and Meetings. An agreement has been reached with other members of the Aerophilately Commission that a proper newsletter should be produced.

That was the easy part, now we have to decide what to put in the newsletter. This newsletter is aimed at accumulating news from all the FIP Aerophilately Commission Delegates and other interested airmail collectors and aerophilatelists. This is where you come in. For every newsletter, we need news. Please supply me with news of what is happening in your country so that we can disseminate this information to all those interested. What is news? According to the Oxford dictionary news is “fresh events reported”.

That is what I need, so please provide me with information that is news to all aerophilatelists,  whether they be collectors, exhibitors, both or just interested in aerophilately.

In the first place, I will provide you with details of what some members of the aerophilately bureau collect and exhibit which is probably new to you. Then I will go back to the beginning of exhibiting aerophilately by giving several different scenario’s on how to start exhibiting aerophilately, right back to how to accumulate a collection so that you can form an exhibit.

 

Secretary: Norman Banfield (New Zealand)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibits:

  • Russia – Censorship of Mail 1878-1920 (8 frames) – FIP + FIAP plus in USA (10 frames)

  • Russia – World War I Censorship (8 frames) - FIP

  • Russian  Airmails 1922-1950 (8 frames) - FIP

  • Russia – Censorship of Foreign Printed Matter – OF - FIP

  • Australia – KGVI Postal Stationery (5 frames) – FIP

  • St Petersburg – Residence Related Taxes - National

Judging:

  • FIAP – PH (also judged AE, PS, OP, OF, LI)

  • National – all classes including LI

Society Memberships:

  • RPSL - Fellow

  • RPSNZ - Fellow

  • British Society of Russian Philately (UK)

  • Rossica Society of Russian Philately (USA) -  

  • International Society for Japanese Philately (USA)

  • Postal Stationery Society of Australia

  • Association of NZ Philatelic Judges

  • 2 local societies

 

Additional: Fredrik Ydell (Sweden)

Exhibits:

  • Airmail within, from and to the Nordic countries 1809-1924 (Large Gold, FIP)

  • Airmail within, from and to Sweden 1809-1930 (Large Gold, FIP)

  • Airmail within, from and to Denmark 1809-1928 (Large Gold, FIP)

  • Graf Zeppelin Ostseefahrt 1930 (1 frame)Swedish Regents 1523 - 1751

  • Swedish Postal History 1550 - 1872

  • Swedish Rocket-mail 1961-1975

Judging:

  • Accredited juror in Aerophilately and did my F.I.P. apprenticeship at Australia 2013

  • Accredited juror at the Nordic level (2009) and the National level

Society Memberships:

  •  Swedish Philatelic Federation

  •  Swedish Postal History Society (SSPD)

  •  Trelleborgs Filateli Sällskap

  • Fellowship of Philatelists, Stockholm

  •  Norrorts Philatelic Society

  • Royal Philatelic Society London

A page from Fredrik Ydell's exhibit Airmail within, from and to Sweden 1809-1930

 

AEROPHILATELY EXHIBITING – SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO BEGIN Part I

So, you wish to exhibit in aerophilately. We will discuss Subclass (A) firstly as it is with regards the development of airmail. This could put you in one of two categories.

 1. New Exhibitor and has collector that has built up a number of airmail covers and /or airmail stamps and you now wish to exhibit your collection as an exhibit.

 2, Existing exhibitor who now would also like to diversify and exhibit in aerophilately and is not sure exactly how to begin and build up his collection to include suitable material for an aerophilately exhibit. This would vary from person to person

We will initially discuss them separately, as at this stage they may not have sufficient material for an exhibit.

 

1. NEW EXHIBITOR

The first thing that we need to ascertain is what the exhibitor has in his collection and the reason for his collecting this material. When this has been ascertained e.g. the new exhibitor states that he has been collecting Graf Zeppelin mail to, from and through Brazil, as he was born there. He says that he only collects mail carried on this Zeppelin LZ 127 on flights via Brazil.

At present he knows that he does not have an example of airmail carried on all of these flights as he is not absolutely sure that mail from some countries exist . Below is a cover from his collection carried on the first flight from Brazil in 1931. It was carried as far as Friedrichschafen then by DLH to Prague and then delivered by pneumatic mail within Prague.

 

 

 

Reverse reduced to 75%

 

Another example could be as follows; A New Exhibitor had been collecting airmail to and from Belgian Congo for many years and has over 100 covers from Belgian Congo from all over the world such as the one shown below.

 

Reverse reduced to 75%

These are just two examples of collections that potential exhibitors have in their possession that are waiting to be exhibited. The reverse is shown at a reduced size, as this is what is necessary in an exhibit, so we will start by showing this rule before we go any further.

2. EXISTING EXHIBITOR

Here I will give three examples of existing exhibitors who have exhibited in three different classes; Postal Stationery, Traditional and Postal History and wish to continue in the same country with aerophilately exhibits.

Example 1: Czechoslovakia Postal Cards Exhibit

This Exhibitor is a qualified exhibitor of Czechoslovakia Postal Cards and has noticed that he has a large collection of uprated Postal Cards sent by airmail and on this basis, would like to exhibit in aerophilately. He realizes that he will need to obtain many other covers to complete his exhibit but since postal cards uprated for airmail, are difficult to obtain, he feels that this is a start to obtain sufficient material to create an aerophilately exhibit. Many exhibitors of aerophilately do not show enough variety of the types of material carried and in some instances, the postcards are much harder to find than the covers.

Though this card is overpaid by 80h it clearly shows that it was flown to Austria (rate 70h plus 50h airmail) while the one below is correct at 2k 40h plus 1k 50h airmail rate to Sweden

 

Example 2: Kenya Uganda and Tanganyika Exhibit

This exhibitor has discovered that he has many items left over, that were not the best available to put into his traditional exhibit with many multi franked covers which would be a good starting point for an aerophilately exhibit.

 

 

The 1937 airmail rate was 75c per 1/2 ounce to Switzerland with no backstamps and therefore should not be shown in an exhibit, is shown here to just emphasise that point.

Airmail Cover 1945 to Belgian Congo

 

 

Backstamps clearly show the route that the cover has taken to its destination at 1s 50c per 1/2 oz plus 30c for registration.

 

Example 3: Nyasaland Exhibit

The exhibitor again has discovered that he has many airmail items left over for his aerophilately exhibit and makes a good basis to begin acquiring additional items to exhibit

 

Below is the reverse of the cover showing only the destination which is at the 1s 6d rate to Italy. Again, in this instance, it is only shown for educational purpose and should not be shown in an exhibit. Stating it is backstamped on arrival is sufficient.

Reverse reduced to 75%

 

Now that we have set up examples of 5 potential exhibits in aerophilately subclass (A)

Before we go into more details on the rules of exhibiting as a whole for aerophilately, now that I have your attention, I wish to explain why people like to exhibit.

  • The desire to show other people your collection

  • Wanting to be part of what many other collectors are doing

  •  Having the opportunity to obtain assistance from other collectors and judges on how you can improve your exhibit

  •  Imposing the discipline on yourself to organise your collection

  • Gaining an award and being able to improve your exhibit to enter at National and International levels

  •  Increasing your enjoyment in the wonderful hobby

I will now give the exhibits their Titles in the order 1 to 5 so we can go through potential the exhibits and discuss the rules for exhibiting aerophilately and how the judges should interpret the SREVs (rules) and Guidelines.

1.     Brazil the Graf Zeppelin LZ 127 Connection

2.     Development of Belgian Congo Airmails

3.     Czechoslovakia Airmails 1918 to 1940

4.     Kenya Uganda and Tanganyika Airmails

5.     Nyasaland Airmails

 

JUDGING THE AEROPHILATELY SUBCLASS (A)

·         1. An Aerophilately Exhibit in Subclass (a)

·         2. Defining Aerophilately in Subclass (a)

·         3. Composition of the exhibit

·         4. Arrangement of the exhibit

1. AN AEROPHILATELIC EXHIBIT IN SUBCLASS (A)

·         An Aerophilatelic exhibit is composed essentially of postal documents transmitted by Air

·         The word “postal” is to be interpreted to cover all transportation of mail by air. If this is not done, then we would be unable to include such things in exhibits as the Vin Fiz flown cards, Barrier Island Pigeon Post and various private Pioneer material.

·         “Transmitted by air” must include mail that was prepared but could not be due to such things as poor weather of mechanical problems.

2. DEFINING AEROPHILATELY SUBCLASS (A)

·         Aerophilately represents a study of the development of the air mail services and a collection of documents pertaining to such development.

·         To be judged as Aerophilately the covers must be organised to show the development of airmail services. In other words, there must be a recognised aerophilatelic theme.

3. COMPOSITION OF THE EXHIBIT SUBCLASS (A)

·         Postal documents despatched by air

·         All types of postal and other marks, vignettes and labels relating to aerial transport

·         Items connected with a particular means of aerial transport, not conveyed through a postal service but deemed important to the development of airmail.

·         Leaflets, messages and newspapers dropped from the air, as a way of normal postal delivery or on the occasion of postal services interrupted by unforeseen events

·         Mail recovered from aircraft accidents and incidents

Aerophilatelic exhibits may include ancillary items, such as maps, photographs, timetables and the like as long as they are considered vital to illustrate, and draw attention to a particular point or situation.  They should not overpower the other material and accompanying text on display. (Article 3.3)

Note: For every ancillary item that is included there is at least one other (possibly more relevant) item that cannot be shown within the exhibit.

4. ARRANGEMENT OF THE EXHIBIT

The arrangement of an aerophilatelic exhibit derives from its structure following a basic pattern.

·         Chronological

·         Geographical

·         Means of Transport:

1.   Pigeon

2.   Lighter than air

3.   Heavier than air

4.   Flying Boat

5.   Rocket

The plan or concept of the exhibit shall be clearly laid out in an introductory statement

We now have an idea how to set out an exhibit in aerophilately sub-class (A). Of the 5 exhibits discussed previously by their title No 1 would be by Means of Transport (Lighter than air) with the other four being Geographical. Most of them would be done chronologically even without changing the title and as number 3 already has a period given this gives and starting and ending date. The other three do not require and starting and ending date but they could have one as the assumption would be that they start from when airmail was first introduced and end when the country changed its name on Independence. If you did not wish to show the airmail for the full existence of the country, then you can always stipulate the dates that the exhibit covers.

The other thing that you need to decide is what your exhibit will contain. By that I mean, are you going to have outwards mail only or inwards, outwards and through airmails. This should be determined when you start to build your collection and must clearly be shown when you create your introductory page.

 We will discuss this more in Part II of this AEROPHILATELY EXHIBITING – SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO BEGIN.

AN UPDATE ON WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE AEROPHILATELY COMMISSION.

1.   Intention to produce a real Newsletter in June and then six-monthly. I need your support - you are reading it now.

2.   Request for a seminar for a beginners’ guide to Aero exhibiting – to be included in the Newsletter.

3.   FINLANDIA 2017 – noted more exhibits in Aero (22) than Postal Stationery - need to include Aero in more specialised exhibitions, as we managed to do in Bandung.

4.   BANDUNG 2017 – Aero seminar requested but there was no time slot available. I will be attending this exhibition and there are 12 Aerophilately exhibits accepted, when originally Aero was not to be included.

5.   BRASILIA 2017 – Though there is no aerophilately class in Brasilia in October, Norman Banfield will be attending a meeting with the FIP Board. Suggestions on what should be discussed at the meeting should be sent to me as soon as possible,

6.   PRAGA 2018 – will request to hold a seminar “Beginners Guide to Exhibiting in Aerophilately” even though there is no Aero at this exhibition. If not we go forward to 2018.

7.   There are two FIP Exhibitions in 2018 which include Aerophilately namely Israel and Malaysia, so get ready to enter and make sure that you qualify at your next National Exhibition, so that you can enter. Please also enter your aero exhibits in your Continental Exhibitions, as well as the more exhibitions that we enter aerophilately the more support we will get from FIP.

That is all for now. I again would like your feedback and your news and most of all I need you to exhibit whether locally, nationally or at continental and international exhibitions in aerophilately.

 

Ross Wood

Chairman FIP Commission for Aerophilately

 


 

Aerophilately Commission Newsletter No 8.


 

 

At the FIP Aerophilately Commission meeting in Taipei on the 24 October 2016 an election was held for the re-formation of the Aerophilately Commission until 2020. The following members were elected unopposed on a show of hands as agreed by the meeting.

 Chairman: Ross Wood (Australia)

Secretary: Norman Banfield (New Zealand)

FEPA: Jaromir Matejka (Austria)

FIAP: Mao-Hsin (Michael) Lin (Taiwan R.O.C)

 As there was no nomination for a member from FIAF this position was left vacant until a meeting could be organised with the President of FIAF. As  Enrique Lewowics (Uruguay) had been  an additional bureau member from 2012 it was agreed at the meeting that he would be placed in the position of FIAF representative until 2020.

To ensure that all the Continental Federations were represented equally it was agreed that the additional members of the Bureau would be: Fredrik Ydell from Sweden (FEPA) and Martha Villarroel de Peredo from Bolivia (FIAF)

At the FIP 74th Congress on the 27 October, 2016 as per the Agenda Item 5.2 (Proposals from the FIP Board) “Confirmation of the Amendment to the SREVs for the Commission for Aerophilately” was approved. This confirms that Aerophilately now consists of two sub-classes.

Also at the 74th FIP Congress, Mr Fernando Aranaz Del Rio, the Aerophilately Commission FIP Board co-ordinator, completed his term on the FIP Board and did not seek re-election.  Therefore we wish to thank him for his support for Aerophilately during his 16 years on the FIP Board, especially in the last four years.

This meant that the Aerophilately Commission would require a new FIP co-ordinator to be appointed at the FIP Board Meeting following the Congress on the 28 October, 2016. Our new co-ordinator for Aerophilately is the newly appointed FIAF Director to the FIP Board Mr Aldo Samame y Samame from Peru.

 Thus the FIP Aerophilately Commission now consists of the following members:

 

FIP Board Coordinator: Aldo Samame y Samame (Peru)

Chairman: Ross Wood (Australia)

Secretary: Norman Banfield (New Zealand)

FEPA: Jaromir Matejka (Austria)

FIAF: Enrique Lewowics (Uruguay)

FIAP: Mao-Hsin (Michael) Lin (Taiwan R.O.C)

Additional: Fredrik Ydell (Sweden)

Additional: Martha Villarroel de Peredo (Bolivia)

Webmaster: Charles Bromser (Australia)

Another important outcome achieved at the FIP Aerophilately Commission meeting and subsequent meetings is that Aerophilately has now to be added to the FIP IREX for Bandung 3-7 August 2017.  As Aerophilately is not a class in Brasilia 2017 or Prague 2018, it is important that all delegates encourage the aerophilatelists to enter Bandung to support this initiative.  Entries close on 31 December 2016 with the Commissioner General,

 I would like to thank the Commissioner General, Tono  Dwi  Putran, from Bandung 2017 for supporting our call for Aerophilately to be included in the World Exhibition.  As aerophilately is now included I will be applying to hold a FIP approved Seminar in Bandung. The topic is “How to describe covers in an Aerophilatelic Exhibit Write-up”  to gain the highest point score.

  

Ross Wood, Chairman,

FIP Aerophilately Commission

23 November 2016.

 

 


 

 

Aerophilately Commission Newsletter No 7.


I welcome you to the seventh newsletter of the FIP Aerophilately Commission advising you that there will be an Aerophilately Commission meeting and Seminar in New York during the 28 May to June 4 2016 FIP World Exhibition. The Seminar will explain more about the new sub-class of airmail stamps. This will be done by my compatriot Mr Glen Stafford, President of the Australian Philatelic Federation who will show how he has changed his exhibit of Nicaragua Airmails to “Nicaragua Airmail Stamps – the Early Years” so that it can be exhibited in sub-class “b” of in aerophilately.  He has done this to show how important the airmail stamps in Nicaragua were in the development of airmail in that country.  This is something that the airmail stamps could not show in a Traditional exhibit and is why they should be exhibited in Aerophilately.

The meeting will be held on Thursday June 2 9am to 11am in room 1E16 of the Javits Convention Centre in New York.

The agenda will be as follows:

09.00               Introduction and Roll Call

09.15               General Business

 09.30                 Presentation “Nicaragua Airmail Stamps-the Early Years”

10:30              Questions and further discussion on Aerophilately

11.00               Close of meeting

At present the Aerophilately commission consists of the following members:

Chairman: Ross Wood (Australia)

Secretary: Norman Banfield (New Zealand)

FEPA: Dr Bedrich Helm (Czech Republic)

FIAF: Carlos E Kron (Paraguay)

FIAP: Mao-Hsin (Michael) Lin (Taiwan R.O.C)

Additional: Fredrik Ydell (Sweden)

Additional: Enrique Lewowics (Uruguay)

Webmaster: Charles Bromser (Australia)

FIP Board Coordinator: Fernando Aranaz Del Rio (Spain)

 As October 2016 is the year of the FIP Congress and the election of new FIP Commission Bureau members. You should have already been advised by FIP that this is the case and that nominations by the Federations need to be in 5 months prior to the Congress. As the Aerophilately Commission meeting is on 26 October 2016 the nominations need to be in by 25 May 2016 with the FIP Secretariat. If you do not have access to the forms, please contact me and I will forward them to you. It is also important that you ensure that your Federation has a delegate nominated so that even if they cannot attend the Congress in Taipei you will be able to send a proxy vote to ensure that you have a say in who is elected to the FIP Aerophilatelic Commission. The Australian Philatelic Federation has nominated me to stand again as chairman and I would welcome your support to continue the growth of Aerophilately.

I look forward to meeting you all in New York and if you wish to talk to me prior to the Commission meeting I will happy to do so as I will be one of the volunteers manning booth 1377 (Rhodesian Study Circle) between 10am and 1pm on Monday 30th May 2016.

 Ross Wood, Chairman, FIP Aerophilately Commission

 

Aerophilately Commission Newsletter No 6.


I welcome you to the sixth Newsletter of the FIP Aerophilately Commission wishing you all a happy and prosperous New Year. For those of you that attended the Seminar in Singapore in August on How to Write Up an Exhibit of Airmail Stamps for Aerophilately I hope that it became clearer on the reason of the sub-class for airmail stamps as part of aerophilately and many of you are progressing towards getting your exhibits ready to enter your exhibit.

The next FIP World Exhibition is in New York, 28 May to June 4 2016 and I am seeking permission to hold a Bureau meeting there along with a Seminar to explain more about the new sub-class of airmail stamps and how nothing is changed if you wish to exhibit a “normal” aerophilatelic exhibit on the development of airmail. This will include a speaker that has already changed their airmail stamps exhibit from traditional to aerophilately. As only one day is set aside for meetings and seminars, I am not absolutely certain that my application will be approved at this stage. Anyway set aside June 2 as this is the date for Seminars and Commission meetings and I will update you as the date comes nearer.

 In the aerophilatelic press there have been some negative comments that people have no idea what the changes are to the SREVs and Guidelines or how their existing exhibit will be considered at future exhibitions. This newsletter though only short in content goes to all the delegates that have e-mail addresses as per the website www.fipaero.org. Many of the delegates do not have email addresses or in some cases there are no delegates. If this is the case the email goes directly to the Federation. If your country has not updated their delegates or their contact details, then you need to do so as soon as possible to me at rosswood@bigpond.com or Norman Banfield at normanb@xtra.co.nz.

 October 2016 is the year of the FIP Congress and the election of new FIP Commission Bureau members. You should have already been advised by FIP that this is the case and that nominations by the Federations need to be in 5 months prior to the Congress. As the Aerophilately Commission meeting is on 26 October 2016 the nominations need to be in by 25 May 2016 with the FIP Secretariat. If you do not have access to the forms, please contact me and I will forward them to you. It is also important that you ensure that your Federation has a delegate nominated so that even if they cannot attend the Congress in Taipei you will be able to send a proxy vote to ensure that you have a say in who is elected to the FIP Aerophilatelic Commission.

I again wish you a happy and prosperous new year and hope to meet you at an exhibition somewhere in 2016.

 Ross Wood, Chairman, FIP Aerophilately Commission

 

 

Aerophilately Commission Newsletter No 5.


 

I welcome you to the fifth Newsletter of the FIP Aerophilately Commission which includes the agenda for the meeting as well as details of the approved Aerophilately Seminar to be held during the Singapore 2015 World Exhibition on 17 September 2015 in Room 1 at 11am in the Sands Expo and Convention Centre.

AGENDA

11.00                           Introduction and Roll Call

11.15                        Seminar “How to Write Up an Exhibit of Airmail Stamps for Aerophilately

12:15                        Questions and further discussion on aerophilately

12.30                        Close of meeting

 The Seminar “How to Write Up an Exhibit of Airmail Stamps for Aerophilately” on the new sub-class with assurance given that if you wish to continue to show the development of airmail with covers only then nothing has changed in that respect. This seminar aims to clarify the rules that will make it easier and clearer for exhibitors, organising committees and juries to ensure that airmail stamps are entered in, placed in and judged in aerophilately. I look forward to your attendance and support in growing the Aerophilately class and to encourage more exhibitors.

 Immediately after this meeting Norman Banfield and I will be attending a meeting with the members of the FIP Board and representatives of the other Commissions. We have not formally put on the agenda any topics for discussion. I am however aware that there has been some negative discussion about the appointment of FIP qualified aerophilately jurors to all international exhibitions. You must however remember that International exhibitions cost a lot to organise and run and as exhibitors of aerophilately we need to enter as many exhibits as possible. The organising committees and FIP, I am sure would like to have all exhibits judged by jurors FIP qualified in aerophilately at all exhibitions, it is up to us the airmail exhibitors to enter exhibits to ensure that this happens. There are 19 multi-frame and two one frame aerophilately entries in Singapore. We should have had more as this is the only FIP exhibition in 2015. Please get organised and enter in New York and Taipei in 2016 to ensure that aerophilately is well represented at these exhibitions. Show the organising committees and FIP that the aerophilately class is alive and well by entering in this class in these forthcoming exhibitions so that jurors qualified in our class get a chance to judge. Seminars help in the training of jurors but it is the practice that ensures that exhibits are most fairly and consistently judged.

Though we have some updates on FIP Commission Delegates there are some that need to be updated or have no e-mail address. Please advise me as soon as possible if your delegate has changed.

 Ross Wood, Chairman, FIP Aerophilately Commission

 

 

 

Aerophilately Commission Newsletter No 4.

I welcome you to the fourth Newsletter of the FIP Aerophilately Commission with the good news that another FIP approved Aerophilately Seminar will be held at Singapore 2015 World Exhibition 14-19 September  2015 in conjunction with a Commission meeting.

However, at the moment I am not sure of the date and time but will advise you as soon as I am advised.  As this is an approved FIP Aerophilately Seminar it is important that you ensure that your name, status, country and e-mail address is on the roll that will be distributed at the meeting.  Should you wish to become an apprentice at FIP in Aerophilately it is a criteria that you must attend an approved seminar prior to being accepted as an apprentice.

 The last newsletter stated that a Seminar was to be held in Korea with the topic of “ Airmail Stamps as a Sub-Class of Aerophilately”.  Though not everyone was not happy with the direction that we were taking at the Seminar,  it had already been decided at a meeting with the FIP Board before the Seminar that the Commission would like to proceed and add airmail stamps as a sub-class. The SREVs and Guidelines for Judging Aerophilatelic Exhibits have now been approved by the FIP Board and are on the FIP Website. The old SREVs and guidelines will remain on the FIP Commission website alongside the new SREVs and guidelines so that you can see that what has actually changed.

The Seminar in Singapore will be How to Write Up an Exhibit of Airmail Stamps for Aerophilately on the new sub-class with assurance to be given that if you wish to continue to show the development of airmail with covers only then nothing has changed. I am also aware that you could enter airmail stamps, their essays, proofs etc. under the old rules in aerophilately, if the emphasis was on airmail use. Hopefully the new rules will make it easier and clearer for exhibitors, organising committees and juries to ensure that they are entered in, placed in and judged in aerophilately if that is what the exhibitor wants.  The contributors to the Seminar and its presentation has not yet been finalised, but you will be advised prior to the Seminar who the presenters are besides myself, when the time and date has been decided. I look forward to your support in growing the Aerophilately class and to encourage more exhibitors.

 Though we have some updates on FIP Commission Delegates there are some that need to be updated or have no e-mail address. Please advise me as soon as possible if your delegate has changed.

 Ross Wood, Chairman, FIP Aerophilately Commission

 

 

 

 

 Aerophilately Commission Newsletter No 3.

 

 

 

I welcome you to the third Newsletter of the FIP Aerophilately Commission with the good news that there will be a meeting in Seoul, Korea on Monday 11 August, 2014. The meeting will be held in Room 2 at the Exhibition commencing at 1600 hours.

The meeting of the FIP Aerophilately Commission will be followed by a presentation by myself on the subject “Airmail Stamps as a Sub-Class of Aerophilately”. I invite all Delegates and other interested parties to attend this presentation so that the subject can be discussed at length.

 Background on the presentation is that at many exhibitions there are a number of exhibits that are being transferred from Aerophilately to Traditional and vice versa depending on how they are written up and the material that they contain. This creates extra work by the jury to make sure that each of these exhibits is correctly and properly assessed

  It would be much easier if there was a sub-class within Aerophilately where there could be much more emphasis on the stamps, and their creation and study. Also there is a large number of aerophilatelists that collect and study stamps who do not wish to exhibit in traditional. These changes that I will outline in the presentation will encourage more collectors to exhibit at all levels and be aptly rewarded for their efforts.

 The agenda for the meeting is:

    

16.00               Introduction and Roll Call

16.15               Presentation “Airmail Stamps as a Sub-Class of Aerophilately”

17:15               Questions and further discussion on airmail stamps

18.00               Close of meeting

 The commission consists of the following members:

 Chairman: Ross Wood (Australia)

Secretary: Norman Banfield (New Zealand)

FEPA: Dr Bedrich Helm (Czech Republic)

FIAF: Carlos  E Kron (Paraguay)

FIAP: Mao-Hsin (Michael) Lin (Taiwan R.O.C)

Additional: Fredrik Ydell (Sweden)

Additional: Enrique Lewowics (Uruguay)

Webmaster: Charles Bromser (Australia)

                                                                                        FIP Board Coordinator: Fernando Aranaz Del Rio (Spain)

 

Though we have some updates on FIP Commission Delegates there are some that need to be updated or have no e-mail address. Please advise me as soon as possible if your delegate has changed.

Ross Wood, Chairman, FIP Aerophilately Commission

 

 

 


 

 

 

REMINDER THAT ENTRIES CLOSE 1ST MAY 2014 FOR AEROPHILATELY 2014

  

The American Air Mail Society is sponsoring a special one-time National Exhibition, Aerophilately 2014, to be held in September 2014 at the American Philatelic Society Headquarters in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, USA and there are just 20 days to go before entries close.

 Aerophilately 2014 has been granted the status of FIP Recognition by the FIP Board and all of the Jury and Team Leaders will be FIP Jurors.

 The theme is Air Mail in general and exhibits related to this theme will be accepted in the Classes of Aerophilately, Astrophilately, Traditional, Postal History, Postal Stationery, Thematics and One Frame Exhibits.

 The Exhibition is open to any qualified exhibit from any FIP Federation meeting the above criteria. 

 There will be no Commissioner system to bring exhibits and each exhibitor must personally bring their exhibit to the Exhibition or arrange for individual direct shipping.

 Exhibit frame space is limited to only several hundred frames and I suspect there will be more demand than space available. North American exhibitors will not necessarily be given priority over exhibits from outside of North America.

 Detailed information and application forms are attached.

 Any specific questions please contact the General Chairman, James Graue at zepkat@gmail.com

 I encourage to send this letter and the attached information on to anyone that my be interested including those that collect air mails of any type or class as this is a unique opportunity for them to participate. The entry fees are very reasonable at $50 US per entry plus $10 per frame. That means that 8 frames will cost only $130. A bargain at that price. The exhibition does need your support and so does aerophilately, so if you are unable to attend you can still contribute, by encouraging others to enter and attend the exhibition. I will be there with several exhibits from Australia (including one of my own) so why not enter and come along  and join me on this wonderful occasion. If you are unable to attend you can support aerophilately by sending a donation the Treasurer

Stephen Reinhard, Box 110, Mineola NY 11501

  

Ross Wood

Chairman FIP Aerophilately Commission

rosswood@bigpond.com

 PS: From Australia I have sent in applications for 6 entries that I will be taking to Bellefonte in September if they are all accepted. As you live closer to Bellefonte than I (in Perth Western Australia) I hope you or someone from your country will take up the challenge to enter and/or attend this exhibition.

 


 

 

CHAIRMAN FIP AEROPHILATELY COMMISSION DIRECTION PLAN

DECEMBER 2013 UPDATE

It was a busy year in 2013 with three FIP internationals, one each in Australia, Thailand and Brazil.  As promised there were two FIP approved Aerophilately Seminars conducted; one in Melbourne Australia by myself and one in Rio De Janeiro Brazil conducted by Fernando Aranaz del Rio, the FIP Vice-President responsible for Aerophilately.  I hope that you managed to attend one of these seminars.  I will endeavour to hold another one in 2014, but as there is only one FIP Exhibition in Seoul Korea this might not be possible, but another time and place will be considered as a possible place.  Both of the Seminars are now on the website under Seminar Papers.

I thank all of you who exhibited in 2013, as the number of Aerophilately exhibits for the three exhibitions totalled 57 including 4 single frames.  As the majority of these were only at one exhibition it is good to see the large number of world class aerophilately exhibits that exist.  To cater for these and other exhibits there is a new concept being conducted at Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, USA from the 12-14 September 2014 called Aerophilately 2014.  This is to be a FIP Recognition Exhibition, where internationally qualified exhibits both 5 and 8 frame will be judged at full FIP level.  However, if you have an aerophilatelic or astrophilatelic entry not qualified you may still exhibit and it will be awarded an APS-recognised national level medal.  Exhibits will only be accepted as one, five or eight frames in the classes/subjects as outlined below.

Exhibit Classes

                        Class 1. Aerophilately

                        Class 2. Astrophilately

                        Class 3. Traditional, limited to airmail stamp issues only.

                        Class 4.  Airmail postal history

                        Class 5. Thematic, limited to airmail, aviation or astro subjects.

                        Class 6. Postal Stationery, limited to airmail postal stationery only

                        Class 7. One frame exhibits of the above classes

You will note that although there are other classes they all relate to the airmail/astro subject and only these will be accepted

Entry forms and further information will be available shortly on the American Air Mail Society website www.americanairmailsociety.org.  

To ensure that a large number of entries are received from all over the world frame fees have been set very low at $50 per entry plus $10 per frame which means an eight frame entry will cost just $130.  To offset this and ensure that Aerophilately 2014 is successful the American Air Mail Society Treasurer Stephen Reinhard, Box 110 Mineola NY 11501 is accepting donations to pay the for the FIP Recognition fee of 5000 CHF Swiss Francs and other expenses.  Please support this exhibition for the good of our wonderful hobby and aerophilately in particular either as an exhibitor or by donating to the exhibition.

I will be attending the exhibition in Bellefonte and will be taking several exhibits from Australia, mostly qualified at FIP level, so I hope to see many of you there.

Philakorea 2014 entries have now officially closed but as we await acceptances please note that there will be a meeting of the FIP Aerophilately Commission in Seoul during the exhibition 7-12 August, 2014.  I cannot at this stage say whether there will be a FIP approved aerophilately seminar or not, but if not there will be something other than the meeting to be held to promote the class of aerophilately and assist you as aerophilatelists.

 

Ross A L Wood

Chairman

FIP Aerophilately Commission


 

 

CHAIRMAN FIP AEROPHILATELY COMMISSION DIRECTION PLAN

I have thought about the direction that I would like the FIP Aerophilately Commission to take over the next two years until the next Congress in Korea in 2014.  That is the short term.  Whilst carrying out the short term, we need to look at where we would like aerophilately to be in 2016 and beyond.

In the short term:

Today, I was informed that FIP Aerophilately Commission will be co-ordinated by the new Vice-President Fernando Aranaz, which I think is a positive for aerophilately.

 There has not been a FIP Aerophilately approved seminar conducted since Portugal in 2010.  With this in mind, I would like to conduct a seminar for aerophilately at Australia 2013 in Melbourne in May 2013 and another at Brasiliana 2013 in Rio de Janeiro November 2013.  I had thought about Thailand 2013 (I am the Australian National Commissioner) in August 2013, but would prefer to do Brazil as it is in a different Continental Federation.  I have received papers from Stephen Reinhard and I have conducted an aerophilately seminar in Canberra 2010.  Australia 2013 is nine months away, so there is time to prepare an interesting talk on where we see aerophilately going in the future.  I have received confirmation that I will be conducting an Aerophilately meeting in Melbourne but I need to get approval from FIP to conduct an approved Aerophilately Seminar.

As we have an able and willing Webmaster in Charles Bromser, we need to get information to him and with that in mind, I would like to reinstate the Cover of the month and I will be sending the September one to Charles before the end of the month after I find out exactly what he requires.  That means that I would like a cover with full details from each of the Bureau members in the following six months.  I will allow you each to choose the month that you would prefer.

 I would also like to ensure that we have an up to date list of FIP Commission Delegates as some shown are no longer with us.  This information needs to be provided and updated as soon as possible.  We will then seek information from ourselves and the delegates to put not only on the website but to also produce an e-Newsletter around the middle of 2013, around Thailand 2013 and a second before Korea 2014.  Any ideas on what you would like to see in the e-Newsletter would be most appreciated with the e-Newsletter to be not only sent to all Delegates but directly to all Secretaries of all the FIP members, and any aero clubs and societies.  I would like to see something added at least twice a month to the website, so as with the cover of the month I would each Bureau member to contribute something else in the next six months on a month of your choosing.

 As I intend to attend each of the 3 FIP Exhibitions in 2013, I would like to have a Bureau meeting at each of them, if there are enough of you present, so that we can discuss any plans that you may have with forthcoming exhibitions, whether, local, national or international, in a face to face situation.

 I will not continue with Chairman’s Chatter, as I would prefer to call it something else in at least a bi-monthly report on what is coming up in the future and how we are going to promote aerophilately.  As you are probably aware, I have been pushing the idea of exhibiting in “modern” aerophilately as there was great development after 1945 as there was in the 20s and 30s.  I will continue to do this as well as all aerophilately (including the Air Mail during World War II) as the bigger time frame that we can cover means the greater number of exhibits that we will have to be shown at exhibitions.  This is really the ultimate aim to get a large number of aero exhibits at as many exhibitions as possible.

 In the longer term:

 I have looked that the GREVs and SREVs and the Guidelines for Judging Aerophilatelic Exhibits and believe that in the short term, we may need to look at the guidelines in relation to the study of airmail stamps in an exhibit. i.e. How many essays, proofs and mint stamps and the study of varieties on these stamps should be included in an aerophilatelic exhibit.  The SREVs clearly state:

Article 2: Competitive Exhibits

An Aerophilatelic exhibit is composed essentially of postal documents transmitted by Air bearing evidence of having been flown (ref. GREV Article 2.3).”

 The Guidelines however go into great lengths on the other hand to show that you can have stamps in your exhibit that are not flown as below:

“3.1.2 Stamps and Essays

A. Adhesive stamps issued or overprinted specifically for use on airmail are part of aerophilately, even when used for other postal purposes.

B. Postal stationery, including aerogrammes and airmail postcards, issued specifically for airmail use is aerophilatelic material.

C. An exhibit may also include related material, such:

- Essays and proofs

- A study of printing methods or reconstruction of printing or overprinting plates

- A study of paper varieties, watermarks, perforations, etc., or printing/overprinting errors.

D. While both a traditional and an aerophilatelic exhibit may contain the material in "C" above, it is the treatment of the covers that will determine whether the exhibit will be judged by a traditional or by an aerophilatelic team.

To be judged as Aerophilately the covers must be organised to show the development of airmail services.  In other words, there must be a recognised aerophilatelic theme.  If the covers are arranged to show usages of the stamps in a traditional way then the exhibit should be judged as a traditional exhibit.”

 As it has been 17 years since these guidelines have come into force, and both Traditional and Postal History have had major changes to their SREVs and Guidelines then it is time that we looked at them as well.  I also believe that a great majority of FIP Aerophilately Jurors are ignoring these Guidelines and using Article 2 of the SREVs.  I would certainly only expect mint stamps, essays etc to be in an aerophilately exhibit where they are important to the development of airmail in the area being covered.  I would not give marks in knowledge or rarity for the study of paper varieties, watermarks, perforations etc., or printing/overprinting errors.

 I do not want aerophilately exhibits to be transferred to Traditional, so we must consider changing the Guidelines so that exhibitors and jurors are aware more clearly than is the case at the moment, in what an aerophilatelic exhibit is and what is a traditional exhibit.  I would also like to encourage more exhibitors from Postal History to Aerophilately with a number of exhibits being shown in that class when all the covers are commercial air mail. 

 I have been approached by several people who would like to be part of an exhibition where aerophilately was to be promoted as one of the main classes.  I think that this would be a good thing to aim for at an exhibition, either Continental (FEPA, FIAF or FIAP) or World (FIP) where we could provide over 500 frames of aerophilately exhibits. That I believe is something to aim for in the long term.

 

Ross Wood, Commission for Aerophilately Chairman

 


 


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