The Boca Raton (Florida) Airport will receive $1.25 million in stimulus money. It will be spent on its runway repair. Meanwhile, a pair of airports in Texas are also applying stimulus money toward infrastructure improvements and repairs. Galveston will apply its $2 million toward rehabilitation of the airports electrical system and lighting while San Marcos will use $400,000 to supplement prior funding and continue infrastructure construction on the airports north side.
Thomas A. Bowen has joined Lancair International‘s management team as Chief Operating Officer. Effective July 20, 2009, Tom will be reporting to Joseph Bartels, President and CEO of Lancair. Mr. Bowen will manage company operations including identifying future product opportunities, product positioning, and growing the company. With a proven track record of both technical and business successes, Bowen brings to Lancair International over 30 years of aviation engineering and management experience. Previous to Lancair, Mr. Bowen was the Vice President of Engineering and Strategic Programs for the former Columbia Aircraft Company.
Lancair International Inc, founded in 1984, is celebrating its 25th year selling the world’s most successful high performance piston and turbine kit aircraft. They offer a selection of seven aircraft as Fastbuild kits: The Lancair Legacy Fixed Gear, Lancair Legacy, Lancair ES, Lancair ES-P, Lancair IV, Lancair IV-P, and the Lancair Evolution. To date, the company has delivered over 2,000 kits. As testimony to their quality and design, Lancair aircraft have set a number of world speed records and have dominated the Sports Class at the Reno Air Races for several years. For more information on Lancair International Inc., visit www.lancair.com or call (541) 923-2244.
Stratos Aircraft is now accepting deposits for the Stratos 714 Very Light Personal Jet. Stratos is also launching the Assurance Deposit Program as an incentive to attract early buyers who want to reserve their purchase position. This program assures buyers that their deposits will be held in escrow, and can be refunded at any time.
Stratos Aircraft established this program to avoid the missteps of some aircraft manufacturers, that have-in some cases-caused customers to lose their deposits. The Assurance Deposit Program is designed to hold deposit funds in interest-bearing escrow accounts at Wells Fargo Bank where the funds remain secure until applied to a progress payment that is made after a formal aircraft purchase agreement has been signed.
Meg Godlewski, a 3-time double Master, has renewed her Master CFI and Master GI accreditations. Meg is a flight and ground instructor at Crest Airpark (S36), as well as Clover Park Technical College and Green River Community College. She is active in Women in Aviation as well as The 99s and is also a staff reporter for General Aviation News.
Press TV is reporting an Antares DLR-H2 took flight on July 17 in Germany. “The power to the motor is provided by a single, advanced fuel cell, hanging under the left wing, sipping its hydrogen fuel from a tank under the right wing.”
L-3 Avionics will give away three Trilogy Electronic Standby Instrument (ESI) units at AirVenture. The unit, which is valued at $15,000, provides a glass back-up to glass panels. Stop by L-3′s booth in Hangar C, Space 3100 for more information.
Minneapolis, Minn. — The Lindbergh Foundation is extending the deadline for submissions of aviation-related grant applications until October 30, 2009. Anyone conducting an aviation/aerospace research project that balances technological advancements with the preservation of our environment is encouraged to apply. Lindbergh grants are given to individuals and they are not required to be associated with a university, business, or a non-profit. Those receiving grants will be notified in April 2010, with funding in July 2010. These research grants, in the amount of $10,580, may not be used for tuition.
I received the following email from Tom Peghiny, President of Flight Design USA.
Attached are pictures of the Yuneec – Flightstar e-Spyder. We flew it yesterday at South Woodstock doing two flights about 10 minutes each. The plane goes 55 mph and stalls at 24 mph. Duration is expected to be 40 minutes. We are continuing testing in preparation for flying at Airventure in the Ultralight area.
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Following is a note from David LoPresti regarding the passing of his mother, Peggy:
Aviation is a small community, a family. As a member of this family, we wanted you to know that your heart-felt sentiments and words are appreciated in the loss of our mother, Peggy.
Margaret LoPresti, 79, died July 17, 2009. She was born in Jersey City, N.J., and lived in Vero Beach for 21 years.
She was the chairman of the board of LoPresti Speed Merchants and LoPresti Aviation of Vero Beach and Sebastian. Survivors include her daughter, Amy Walsh of Allen, Texas; sons, Curt, Jim, Roy and David, all of Vero Beach; and 11 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Augustine Episcopal Church, 475 43rd Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32968. 772-770-3494
Services: A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. July 22 at St. Augustine Episcopal Church, Vero Beach, with the Rev. Michael W. Goldberg officiating.
A guest book may be signed at www.lowtherfuneralhome.com.