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Rotary Fly-In Serves up Planes and Pancakes

Larry Gitt of Fremont, Neb., presented his homebuilt plane at the Sept. 7 Fly-In Breakfast sponsored by the Rotary Club at Fremont Airport. Hundreds of people were served pancakes as they looked at planes and antique cars. Gitt has spent some $29,000 to build his two-seater plane, which can safely fly roughly 100 miles on a 15-gallon tank of fuel. The 93-pound two-cycle engine burns 5 gallons of fuel per hour and can produce 66 horse power. The engine has to be rebuilt after every 300 hours of use. After the plane was constructed, it needed to pass FAA inspection, and Gitt must undergo pilot training every two years to retain his license. Restrictions include not flying into controlled airports like Eppley, not flying at night, and not flying when it is foggy and under certain other conditions. The plane also has a parachute large enough to accommodate the entire aircraft and its passengers if the engine were to malfunction. The plane has a maximum load of 400 pounds. "It can go up to 10,000 feet, but 500, 1,000, 2,000 is just right," said Gitt.

October 17, 2008

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