November 11, 2009
Oct. 10 ï¿½ Work days were already long at Rare Aircraft in Owatonna, Minnesota, where a final push is on to complete our AOPA sweepstakes Waco UPF-7. The staff is in the shop by 7 a.m. and often not out until 11:30 p.m. Here's the latest summary: Just about everything on the aircraft that is supposed to be red is now red. Black trim is going on at a rapid rate and already graces the leading edges of the wings. The Insignia Red fuselage has its black stripes. Wings might be bolted onto the airframe as early as Monday. The engine is on but has not been run, of course, except at Radial Engines near Oklahoma City where it was refurbished. The gear is ready for its Cleveland brakes. There will be no holidays and no weekends for many of the Rare Aircraft crew. It is possible the plane could enter flight test as early as Saturday Oct. 19. Rare Aircraft will put five hours of test flying in before letting it go cross country. If all is completed in time, the Waco will fly 1,490 nm from Owatonna to Palm Springs, California, for AOPA Expo, going about 200 nm during each flight and stopping six or seven times.
A state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.
Daher-Socata announced that it had installed the first Garmin G600 and GTN 750 avionics in one of its 2004 TBM 700C2 airplanes.
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