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.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.
Despite a dramatic decline in 2014 helicopter deliveries, forecasters at Honeywell Aerospace project a steady stream of deliveries over the next five years.
Bell Helicopter has made the first delivery of the Bell 429WLG (wheeled landing gear) in North America.
Garmin International will offer the GDL 84H and GDL 88H Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) datalink specifically designed for helicopters.
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