November 11, 2009
May 15 ï¿½ Since our Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes Waco UPF-7 was disassembled following pre-cover assembly, the project has entered a quiet period. For one thing, the Rare Aircraft company is moving its workshop, and our Waco, from Faribault, Minnesota, to Owatonna Degner Regional Airport, the company's headquarters located a few miles away. While that is happening over the next month or two, Rare Aircraft owner Roy Redman is drawing up schematics for the avionics that will be installed in our aircraft. Back in the shop, a landing gear jack strut that goes from the lower wing to the landing gear was found to be dented and worn and is being rebuilt. All's quiet while these behind-the-scenes tasks are accomplished.
Only 10 percent of the aircraft excise taxes that Washington aircraft owners pay go to the Washington State Division of Aeronautics, while the other 90 percent go into the general fund. AOPA is advocating for legislation that would direct 100 percent of the tax to aviation use.
A Seattle pilot on a ferry flight from California to Maui deployed his airframe parachute near Hawaii and was videotaped by the Coast Guard.
Piper’s latest edition of the Meridian pressurized turboprop features updated avionics and six seats in club configuration for $2.26 million.
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