November 11, 2009
Even the prop will match dashing new paint scheme By Steven W. Ells
The propeller that will be installed on the AOPA Countdown Commander next week - a Hartzell three-blade model with a compact hub - will not only convert the power generated by the 200-horsepower Lycoming engine into thrust, it will look good doing it thanks to American Propeller's unique propeller paint application process called Designer Prop.
Unlike conventional paint applications on propellers - which are usually unable to stand up under common weather conditions such as rain - the Designer Prop process is extremely durable. According to American, which is located in Redding, California, its process was applied to the propeller of Julie Clark's T-34 aerobatic airplane; it stills looks as good as new after three airshow seasons.
The developer of the paint scheme for the Countdown Commander, Craig Barnett, of Scheme Designers in Cresskill, New Jersey, also created the design for the propeller. For the first time, both the propeller installed on the AOPA Sweepstakes airplane and the airplane's paint scheme will match.
Click here to see how each of the five paint schemes faired when we asked you to pick your favorite.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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