October 12, 2012
By Alyssa J. Miller
Aviation Design hand stitches leather yoke covers.
It’s a labor of love for Aviation Design’s Tim Hallock. He personally sews the leather seat, side panel, and yoke covers the Groveland, Calif., company produces for Beechcraft Barons and Bonanzas.
His company uses sturdy, lightweight kydex side panels that recess into the airframe to provide more cockpit room for the pilot and passengers. The side panels were so popular among Bonanza and Baron owners that in 2004 he refurbished 10 new aircraft. Now, Hawker Beechcraft installs his kit on their new production aircraft; his company has received Hawker’s gold product excellence award for the kits.
Aviation Design also makes carbon fiber headliners, tables, floor boards, and more. But it’s not just lightweight, space saving materials that make owners seek his handiwork. It’s also the attention to detail—like hand-stitched yoke covers and placards transferred onto leather.
His work was on display during AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, Calif., in the aircraft display outside the convention center. A 1990 Baron the was refurbished this year sports a new interior from Aviation Design, engine and avionics from Woodland Aviation, and paint job by Arizona Aero Painting.
A Baron on display at Airportfest at AOPA Aviation Summit sports a refurbished interior by Aviation Design.
AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Miller has worked at AOPA since 2004 and is an active flight instructor.
Aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin stirred the pot with an Oct. 15 announcement that compact fusion could power vehicles, even aircraft, within a decade. Skeptics were quick to speak up, while Lockheed filed for patents and hopes to find partners in government, academia, and industry.
Does automation lead to a lack of professionalism? The acting NTSB chief thinks it does, and calls for a new approach to the man-machine interface.
FlightAware, the aircraft tracking website, has made several upgrades including world tracking, tracking of VFR flights, and upgraded tracking displays.
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