July 12, 2010
By Sarah Brown
Colton Harris-Moore, the 19-year-old fugitive suspected in numerous crimes, including thefts of cars, boats, and airplanes, is in police custody in the Bahamas.
Harris-Moore, known as the “barefoot bandit” because of bare footprints he is accused of leaving at the scene of several crimes, was wanted by police for two years. During that time he is suspected of committing at least five airplane thefts and many other crimes. Bahamas police said he was apprehended early July 11 following a boat chase.
The teenager is suspected of committing a rash of crimes in the Pacific Northwest, including western Canada, before moving eastward and committing more crimes. Police began searching for him in the Bahamas after a Cessna 400 Corvalis stolen from an Indiana airport was found in shallow waters of the island nation. Harris-Moore could now face charges connected to a string of thefts in the Bahamas before the start of extradition proceedings.
Despite the seriousness of the crimes involved, Harris-Moore has attained a sort of folk-hero status and could inspire others to attempt similar thefts, AOPA cautions. Aircraft owners should continue to follow the recommendations of AOPA’s Airport Watch Program to protect their property and aircraft.
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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