January 8, 2009
By Alton K. Marsh
Want to buy an amphib company?
You can. The iconic Lake Aircraft plus the equipment needed to build it is for sale by Revo, Inc., after 35 years of ownership. You’ll get the rights to the FAA-certified Lake Renegade, Seafury, and Seawolf aircraft.
There are 1,300 Lake aircraft flying in 50 countries.
“The sale of Lake Aircraft is a rare opportunity to quickly set up manufacturing operations and continue production of the successful line of amphibious airplanes,” said Armand Rivard, president of Revo Inc., the Lake Aircraft holding company. “In the worldwide general aviation market, the Lake amphibian has no FAA-certified competition in production today.”
Revo purchased the rights to the Lake Aircraft company in the early '70s and manufactured and marketed the airplanes almost continuously since then from its facilities in Florida, New Hampshire, and Maine. The offered assets include the FAA type certificate, global manufacturing and marketing rights, component and assembly tooling, dies, jigs, an assortment of spare parts, and engineering drawings for the Lake amphibian airplanes. A team of Lake experts is available to assist in the transition and continued production.
The Lake 250 Renegade is the best known of the Lake amphibians. A turbocharged model known as the Seafury has faster speed, high-altitude capability, and increased hauling capacity. The Lake holds eight world records for speed and altitude in its class of aircraft.
Responding to demand from governmental clients for enhanced multipurpose capabilities, Lake modified the structure to accommodate greater gross weight, expanded fuel capacity, and additional internal passenger and cargo configurations. Designated the Seawolf, this Lake model is equipped with under-wing hard points for installation of external payloads.
Parties interested in purchasing the assets of Lake Aircraft should contact Armand Rivard at 407/847-8080, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting www.lakeamphib.com.
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A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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