April 6, 2005
AOPA Pilot Associate Editor Steve Ells arrived like a rock star Saturday in the AOPA Sweepstakes Commander Countdown airplane. A crowd surrounded the airplane as it was being positioned in its highly visible spot on the static display.
"That's my airplane," Ells heard as he made his way out of the cockpit.
A front moved through Maryland on Friday, painting plenty of big green blobs of rain and a few convective yellow blips on the radar. Ells left Cincinnati and traveled as far east as he could, spending the night in Parkersburg, West Virginia. He made the quick hop over to Frederick Municipal Airport for the AOPA Fly-In and Open House, sharing the pattern with AOPA members from all over the region. The airplane had been at Air Mod in Ohio, having its interior touched up by the shop's owner, Dennis Wolter.
"Everything went great," Ells said.
After the airplane leaves Frederick, it will head to Big Piney, Wyoming, for the installation of its turbonormalizer system by RCM Aviation. Then it will fly back to Wickenburg, Arizona, for the completion of its paint job by Master Aircraft Painters. The airplane's next big public appearance will be at Oshkosh.
June 4, 2005
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
L-3 Aviation Products plans to join the general aviation ADS-B world with its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System. The new products will be “specifically tailored to fit the panel and budget of today’s general aviation aircraft and pilots,” said Larry Riddle, vice president of sales and marketing.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
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