November 11, 2010
By Thomas A. Horne
Remos Aircraft has named LoPresti Aviation as its East Coast distributor, as well as a Remos service center. The new association will prove more efficient than the current method of importing Remos light sport aircraft (LSA). Now, all aircraft for Florida and the East Coast will be sent directly to the LoPresti facility in Sebastian, Fla. Airplanes destined for the rest of the United States will continue to be shipped to the Remos facility in Rogers, Ark.—as they have in the past.
Typically, Remos sends their airplanes in containers holding two aircraft each. Remos sales and marketing director Earle Boyter says that LoPresti takes just one day to unload and fully assemble each airplane. LoPresti’s 17 employees include two Rotax-endorsed engine mechanics.
As you might expect, LoPresti Speed Merchants, a unit of LoPresti Aviation, has ideas that extend beyond distribution and support. Long known for its speed modifications, LoPresti Speed Merchants has begun investigating ways of making the Remos more aerodynamically efficient.
“We can’t make them go faster because of the 120-knot LSA speed limit,” said Curt LoPresti, president of LoPresti Speed Merchants. “But we can certainly develop wheel pants, cowlings, fairings, and flap gap seals that will let pilots fly their airplanes at higher speeds using less power—and fuel.
“We think that LSAs have a fantastic future,” LoPresti said. “So we jumped into the market with both feet.” The brand-new LoPresti facility in Sebastian is well-suited for its new role with Remos. According to LoPresti, it’s the first “green” hangar in Florida, its size makes assemblies easy, and “our electricity bill is half what it was when we had our factory at the Vero Beach airport.” —Thomas A. Horne
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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