Plane Dynamix of Wake Forest, North Carolina, a supplier of engine and airframe modifications for Piper PA-28 series aircraft, announced its acquisition of the late Art Mattson’s line of FAA supplemental type certificates for Cherokee-family aircraft.
The STCs, many available for immediate shipment, include gap seals for improved air flow over the wings and stabilator; engine upgrade certificates “that provide the industry’s only unrestricted 10-horsepower upgrade” for the Lycoming O-320 engine; and Sensenich propeller tip modifications for increased efficiency.
Pre-orders of Mattson vortex generators and stabilator tips for improved wing and stabilator performance are also available, for expected delivery in early December, said Dan Benedix, pilot partner of Plane Dynamix.
Art Mattson “was synonymous with improving Cherokee performance and safety, and we are thrilled to be able to bring his creations back to the Piper community,” Benedix said. “Having his daughter Pam join us and keep the Mattson name associated with these outstanding STCs just felt right. We couldn’t imagine trying to do it without her.”
Benedix, owner of a 1964 Cherokee, initiated discussions with Pam Mattson about a joint effort to increase the products’ availability after contacting her “as a customer” who used Mattson modifications on his aircraft, he said by phone.
“I’m very excited to have my father’s legacy carried on by someone with a great passion for aviation,” Mattson commented for the Plane Dynamix announcement.
The Art Mattson STCs “are not only legendary in the Cherokee world for their aerodynamic effectiveness, but also for their affordability. When it comes to improving the performance of airplanes, ‘affordable’ is a term rarely used to describe the process,” Plane Dynamix said.