November 11, 2009
Nov. 24 ï¿½ No, it's not flying yet, but our AOPA Waco UPF-7 has completed engine run-up tests and taxi tests. If there is a first flight, we'll let you know. Plans are to leave the aircraft with its builders, Rare Aircraft, in Owatonna, Minnesota, for the winter and then fly it directly to EAA Sun `n Fun for display April 2 to 8. From there it will go to AOPA headquarters in Frederick, Maryland, where it will be on hand for the AOPA Fly-In June 7. It will next go to Oshkosh for EAA Airventure July 23 to 29. Each of the flights will be written as a feature in AOPA Pilot. In the meantime, Pilot Senior Editor Al Marsh has prowled present-day airports and ghost airports of the past on Long Island, searching for our aircraft's history. In so doing, he uncovered the actual path of Charles Lindbergh's takeoff run at Curtiss Field near Randolph Field. Look for a report of his sleuthing in Pilot next year.
Bell Helicopter put a new engine in its 407, got a larger payload, and upgraded avionics. It attracted a new customer.
The FAA is asking for help on the thirty-seventh annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey covering calendar year 2014.
Garmin International has updated its Garmin Pilot app for Apple devices with helicopter routes and obstacles along routes.
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