July 8, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
It’s been a tough year for American Champion, with sales cut in half, but international sales are improving. The company manufactures tandem-seat tailwheel models.
Last year sales were only two a month, but that has increased to four. Sales in Europe once totaled 10 to 12 per year but there have been only two this year. However, sales are improving in Brazil, Canada, and India. The Scout and Decathlon tailwheel models account for most of the sales. Recent sales do include the Explorer, Adventure, and Aurora models.
Employment at the plant has dropped from 94 people to 42 workers.
Improvements continue to flow from the Wisconsin factory. Night vision will be offered, Aspen avionics have been added, and the Scout will get a 210-hp Continental engine.
Washington state’s RFTS Flying Club works to offer members lower-cost flying.
Question: You are a U.S. citizen and you plan to fly to and stay in the Bahamas for a couple of days. Which personal documents must you have when you arrive as pilot in command?
Here is a sample of what some clubs are doing this holiday season.
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