November 11, 2009
Sept. 13 - The interior is done, all the little details have been taken care of, and the paper covering the windows has been removed. The Sweepstakes Bonanza is ready to fly over Ohio and Kentucky with the new interior once the flight restriction from the terror attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., is lifted.
In addition to the creation of a custom all-leather interior and the installation of a cabin noise reduction kit, Air Mod employees, and yours truly, AOPA Associate Editor Steve Ells, did light maintenance and installed upgrades.
One example of Air Mod's attention to detail was shown in the floorboard rework. During the initial inspection it was discovered that two of the cabin floorboards were cracked and damaged. Installing another thin plywood floor piece would have been sufficient, but Air Mod owner Dennis Wolter insisted on reinforcing the new floorboard by bonding it to a thin layer of aluminum sheet. Air Mod's attention to detail even applies to parts the owner may never see.
After the aerial photo shoot, N2001B will be flown to the Meggitt/S-Tec facility in Mineral Wells, Texas, for certification of the electronic flight information system (EFIS) and autopilot.
From the NBAA convention in Orlando, a look at some new aircraft that are actually flying. NTSB chairman worries about automation causing a lack of professionalism and diminishing safety. Controlling the aircraft with the sound of your voice.
Nextant Aerospace, adding a remanufactured King Air to its remanufactured Hawker 400 offering, says the King Air (Nextant G90XT) will fly early next year.
Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of airports and state advocacy, brought Indiana aviation community members up to date on the association’s initiatives.
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