November 11, 2009
Nov. 11 ï¿½ The AOPA Sweepstakes Waco UPF-7 is 99 percent done. Wing fairings, small, curved shapes of metal that fit between the wing and the fuselage, have been sent back to a subcontractor for fitting adjustments. Rare Aircraft is still awaiting field approval for modifications to the aircraft's brakes. The next big step is flight testing and a break-in period for the Jacobs 275-horsepower engine. Since the Waco will be housed in Owatonna, Minnesota, for the winter (the location of Rare Aircraft), weather warm enough for proper break-in is difficult to find. Should a first flight occur, you will read about it here. But if colder temperatures prevail, it could be next spring before air temperatures are warm enough to conduct the required 10 to 20 hours of break-in flights.
Bombardier has launched the 12-passenger Challenger 650 with an order from launch customer NetJets.
Sabreliner isn't just for Sabreliners anymore. New owners and management have recast it as a jet refurbishment and parts center.
Nextant, rebuilder of the Beechcraft Hawker 400 and King Air 90, has named Piedmont Aircraft as the eastern dealer for the Nextant 400XTi and the G90XT.
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