November 11, 2009
June 3 ï¿½ The AOPA Sweepstakes Waco UPF-7 project will be moved this month from Faribault, Minnesota, to Owatonna Degner Regional Airport, Minnesota, about 12 miles away. Rare Aircraft, the company that is restoring our 1940 trainer, is consolidating at its FBO operation in Owatonna and has sold the Faribault workshop. In the meantime, schematics for the electrical system are complete and are largely based on drawings already on file at Rare Aircraft. Wiring harness will be constructed soon. All engine instruments have been refurbished or obtained; the toughest to find was an electrical sensing oil-temperature gauge. All avionics have been received and will be prepared for installation. Trays for mounting the avionics are being installed in the panel. The panel itself will be nearly identical to that used in 1940 and is described by Rare Aircraft owner Roy Redman as "stunning." It will be installed soon. The aircraft is still apart to facilitate covering of the wings, fuselage, and tail feathers. Of special interest: The ignition switch can be removed and serves as a key to help start the engine.
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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