April 8, 2014
Practicality was the name of the game as aviation’s Golden Age ended in 1938 and war quickly approached. Despite the previous era’s name, there was little gold in the slowly growing industry.
The Beech Staggerwing sold well as a business aircraft, but at $26,000 it did not appeal to the general public. Not even the $1,000 Cub from Taylor Aircraft sold well. The Boeing Stearman was near the end of its career as a mail plane.
All these companies were sustained by sales during World War II. mostly as trainers, but also as transport aircraft —and even ground attack roles in the unusual case of the Piper Cub.
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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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