November 11, 2009
Aug. 10 ï¿½ Manley Butler of Butler Parachute Systems in Roanoke, Virginia, has donated two parachutes to AOPA's Centennial of Flight sweepstakes airplane, the open-cockpit Waco UPF-7. Butler is shown here in his Roanoke factory. He sells parachutes around the world, supplying smoke jumpers and designing chutes for military applications. Butler is custom-designing a parachute for the rear cockpit of your Waco, sizing it to the exact seat size. It will have inflatable lumbar support to form a comfortable seat for the pilot. Learn more at Butler's Web site.
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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