November 6, 2009
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Two Formula 1 racers that competed in the forty-sixth annual National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev., were on display at Peter O. Knight Airport during AOPA Aviation Summit’s Airportfest.
Race No. 40, Miss USA, is a Cassutt Racer built in 1970, then modified in 1980 and again in the early 1990s; its maximum speed is 245 mph.
Race No. 1, Invictus, won first place in the Formula 1 Gold race, averaging 241.06 mph during the eight-lap, 25.5-mile race.
Formula 1 racers are powered by stock Continental O-200 engines and must have a fixed-pitch prop, fixed landing gear, at least 66 square feet of wing area, and weigh at least 500 pounds. Thom Richard, who instructs in North American T-6 aircraft at Warbird Adventures in Kissimmee, Fla., raced both airplanes at Reno.
Bombardier has launched the 12-passenger Challenger 650 with an order from launch customer NetJets.
Sabreliner isn't just for Sabreliners anymore. New owners and management have recast it as a jet refurbishment and parts center.
Nextant, rebuilder of the Beechcraft Hawker 400 and King Air 90, has named Piedmont Aircraft as the eastern dealer for the Nextant 400XTi and the G90XT.
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