May 1, 2013
By Dave Hirschman
Country music performer and general aviation pilot Aaron Tippin recently purchased a tiny biplane—Georgy Meyer’s “Little Toot”—to go along with Tippin’s hulking Stearman.
Tippin, a multiengine airplane, helicopter, and instrument-rated pilot, is also an aircraft mechanic, and he plans to restore the diminutive 1950s biplane to new condition with Tommy Meyer, the son of the late aircraft designer.
Tippin plans to display the airplane at EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, Wis., this summer.
The small but strong aerobatic biplane, N61G, was first displayed in 1957.
The next stop is Putrajaya, Malaysia, on May 17 and 18 for the 2014 Red Bill Air Race World Championship, following an “electrifying” contest in Rovinj, Croatia.
The movement to exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical certification process is gaining momentum in Congress and the aviation community.
The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the Collier Trophy for “the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier.”
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