November 11, 2009
Shannon Elliott, an ATP pilot from Lafayette, Louisiana, took to the skies over Long Beach, California, on July 13 to become the first AOPA ride winner to fly in a Waco F5C open-cockpit biplane similar to the Waco UPF-7 that is being refurbished for AOPA by Rare Aircraft in Owatonna, Minnesota. Elliott won the ride in a monthly drawing and was chosen at random from among all AOPA members. Actually, Elliott, who has logged "more than 4,500 and less than 5,000 hours," took the controls and did all the flying. The reason? Elliott's uncle owns two Boeing Stearmans, and the two pilots fly together all the time. Elliott likes the challenge of conventional (tailwheel) landing gear. His first airplane was a Piper PA-20. "The Waco flew just like my Stearman, except that it's much, much faster." Elliott smiled at the end of the flight that featured "some aileron rolls, a few hammerheads, a loop" and said, "That was some good flying." The ride was provided by Waco operators Mike and Kendle Hanson of Long Beach, California. To contact them, call 562/427-9433, or visit the Web; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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