November 11, 2009
June 21 ï¿½ Rare Aircraft craftsmen in Minnesota are preparing to move your AOPA Sweepstakes Waco UPF-7 to their new workshop at Owatonna Degner Regional Airport, Minnesota, just 12 miles from the present shop in Faribault. Rare Aircraft also operates the FBO at Owatonna. The moving date is July 1 or shortly thereafter. In the meantime, a new center instrument panel has been laser-cut and is ready for mounting. New fairings to be mounted between the fuselage and the wing, and fairings for the tail feathers have also arrived. The center avionics panel is being engineered to install the PS Engineering PMA4000 audio panel with intercom. Once in the Owatonna shop, the engine will be hung temporarily to aid in installation of fluid and pitot-static lines, then removed prior to covering the aircraft. The wings are not yet mounted. All sheet metal parts will be newly made. The restored engine instruments have the Waco logo, as they did when they came new from the factory.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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