Friday, September 1, 2006
Sept-Oct 2006 On The Radar
You’d think that Mooney’s Kerrville, Texas-based factory would be the facility most likely to report a hailstorm. Recently, however, a record- and windshield-breaking frenzy of hailstones the size of golf balls dumped onto, into and all around the Columbia Aircraft factory in Bend, Ore. Trouble is, the company had a lot of new Columbia models sitting outside when the freak storm blew through, and when it was all over, 66 aircraft had been damaged. The damage was all cosmetic, but customers will now have a wee bit more waiting to do before they get their airplanes. Columbia is giving each customer $5,000 worth of free fuel and a chance to win as much as $25,000 worth of fuel as a thank you for the extra wait imposed by Mother Nature. Learn more at www.flycolumbia.com.
At last, the Seawind amphibian is in flight testing. The first complete conforming prototype is in the air and should pave the way for final certification and customer deliveries “by the winter,” the company reports. “Much of the work to satisfy the feds is already complete,” spokesman Bill Poirier says; however, spin testing has just begun. For more, visit Seawind’s Website at www.seawind.biz.
The American Legend Aircraft Company has built, well, another legend, the Legend Combat. The Sulphur Springs, Texas, manufacturing facility is the birthplace of the wildly successful Legend Cub, the light sport aircraft classic cub-homage. A few months ago, they introduced the “Combat,” another two-place tube-and-fabric LSA, this time with a military paint scheme. Both aircraft come with a variety of standard features, including doors on both sides, an electrical starter and an American-made 100 hp Continental O-200 engine. Options include choices on interiors, avionics, wheels, floats, props and more. See it all at www.legend.aero.
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