November 11, 2009
Aug. 9 - Although it's only been tucked in the corner of Air Mod's hangar for one week since Tom Horne delivered it last Tuesday, the Sweepstakes Bonanza has lost a lot of weight.
Out came the seats, carpets, side panels, floorboards, and fiberglass insulation.
After gutting the interior, a detailed inspection of the cabin structure has reinforced the conclusion that there has been no structural damage. A prepurchase inspection had revealed no hidden corrosion.
During the next five weeks, Dennis and Cynthia Wolter and their team of refurbishment experts will completely transform the raggedy two-tone blue 35-year-old Bonanza interior. While at Air Mod, N2001B's interior structure will be painted, the seats will be rebuilt, a sound suppression kit from Skandia Inc. will be added, and a unique leather interior will be installed. To help keep everything inside nice and secure, a new set of Medeco tough-to-pick door locks will be installed.
Air Mod is located along with Sporty's Pilot Shop at the Clermont Country Airport in Batavia, Ohio. The Sweepstakes Bonanza will be there until the middle of September.
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
L-3 Aviation Products plans to join the general aviation ADS-B world with its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System. The new products will be “specifically tailored to fit the panel and budget of today’s general aviation aircraft and pilots,” said Larry Riddle, vice president of sales and marketing.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
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