Pilot Journal
Friday, September 1, 2006

Sept-Oct 2006 On The Radar

on the radarThe crown jewel of New Piper Aircraft’s piston singles, the Mirage, has made its debut with the all-glass Avidyne Entegra panel. Its first cousin, the turbine-powered Meridian, made the conversion earlier, making the Vero Beach-based aircraft manufacturer all glass, all the time. " />

The Johnson Sikorsky
The Johnson Sikorsky
In 1928, Herbert Fisk Johnson (think Johnson’s Wax) built a Sikorsky flying boat and used it to explore the Amazon. The result? The discovery of carnauba wax, which ultimately made the Johnson family business into one of America’s most successful. In 1997, the company built an exact replica of the amphib. The original had fallen victim to some bad luck in 1938 and settled on the bottom of Manokwari Bay in Indonesia. Incidentally, the recently discovered original may once again see the light of day.

And while that airplane is old, it’s not as old as Cliff Garl. He’s 91 and just successfully soloed a few weeks ago in Arlington, Wash. Hats off to you, sir.


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