November 11, 2009
June 14 - The 2001 AOPA Sweepstakes Bonanza has been stripped! The Bonanza has no paint! The Bonanza is naked! After months of patiently sitting in the corner of a turbonormalizer shop, and an avionics shop, the Bonanza is going to be rewarded with a new set of clothes...um, I mean a new paint job.
As you read last week, Tom Horne's trip from Salina, Kansas, to the AOPA Fly-In and Open House in Frederick, Maryland, was quashed by some crazy Wx. So he turned the nose of N14422 south and landed at Houston-Southwest Airport, home of Murmer Aircraft Services.
Steve Tolson, who bought this established facility last fall, has taken charge of the Bonanza's exterior refurbishment. Tolson and his crew wasted little time removing the old paint, which was applied in 1977. All control surfaces ï¿½ flaps, ailerons, and ruddervators ï¿½ were removed during the stripping. This practice allows more complete paint stripping, and makes it easy to apply an even paint coat to the balanced control surfaces.
Doug and Teresa Kelly, a husband and wife team that travels the country installing Beryl D'Shannon modifications, will apply their expertise by putting in new side windows, and adding STCed aileron and flap gap seals.
We'll report on the Beryl D'Shannon modifications next week.
A state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.
Daher-Socata announced that it had installed the first Garmin G600 and GTN 750 avionics in one of its 2004 TBM 700C2 airplanes.
Even brief flight under actual conditions can expose how well your basic instrument flying is serving.
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