November 11, 2013
By Elizabeth A Tennyson
Dr. Perry Inhofe, son of Sen. Jim Inhofe, was killed Nov. 10 in the crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2B-25 near Owasso, Okla., just outside of Tulsa.
“All of us at AOPA were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Inhofe,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “Senator Inhofe is an accomplished pilot and a staunch advocate for general aviation, and flying has been an important part of the Inhofe family’s personal and professional lives for decades.”
Perry Inhofe, a 51-year-old orthopedic surgeon from Tulsa, was piloting the airplane on a short flight from Salina, Kan., and had reportedly requested “immediate assistance” from air traffic controllers moments before the airplane went down in a heavily wooded area. Witnesses on the ground told the Tulsa World that one of the twin-turboprop’s propellers was not turning when they saw the airplane circle overhead just before it crashed. When they reached the scene, the airplane was engulfed in flames.
“I wish to offer my support and prayers to the entire Inhofe family in their grief, and I urge everyone to avoid speculation about the cause of the accident and await the results of the NTSB investigation,” Baker said.
Director of Government Affairs and Executive Communications Elizabeth Tennyson joined AOPA in 1998, the same year she earned her private pilot certificate. She also holds an instrument rating and enjoys jumping out of planes almost as much as flying them.
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
L-3 Aviation Products plans to join the general aviation ADS-B world with its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System. The new products will be “specifically tailored to fit the panel and budget of today’s general aviation aircraft and pilots,” said Larry Riddle, vice president of sales and marketing.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
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