|Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo|
The Walhalla, SC-based Just Aircraft has become known for its brand of Light Sport bush planes that takeoff and land in very short distances. The aircraft come in kit and quick-build forms, and have options for advanced aerodynamic and avionics packages. With names like SuperSTOL, Highlander and Escapade, it is no secret that these aircraft are both practical and fun to fly.
Located at Homedale Municipal Airport in Idaho, Kitfox was acquired by John and Debra McBean in 2006 to continue the development of quality kit-build aircraft based on the Denney/SkyStar designs. The current S7 Super Sport is the latest Light Sport Aircraft offering that can be fitted with various landing gear and power plant options.
The Redmond, OR-based Lancair International has been manufacturing advanced composite aircraft kits since its founding by Lance A. Neibauer in the early 1980s. Since then, Lancair has gained a reputation for designing and producing some of the most beautiful and aerodynamically efficient aircraft for customers around the world. Powered by piston and turboprop engines, the Lancair, Legacy and Evolution lines have become standard high-performance general aviation and racing aircraft. Often they are easy to spot with their curvy shapes and bold paint schemes!
Since 1929, Lycoming has been powering aircraft with radial and in-line engines (following the manufacture of automobile engines starting in 1910). Since then, Lycoming has become a premier supplier of reliable and high-performance aircraft engines found on many types, including those flown by many airshow performers who rely on their engine during low-speed, low-altitude, high angle of attack passes. The Lycoming exhibit often features aerobatic aircraft, including this Extra 300L.
Mahindra Aerospace was formed in 2009 to expand the global market for Indian aerospace manufacturing of support equipment worldwide. In 2010, Aerostaff Australia was purchased, and the Australian GippsAero Airvan 8 and 10 have become their staple utility aircraft capable of operating in difficult to reach areas around the world. A notable site in the U.S. is the fleet of 16 GA-8 Airvans used by the Civil Air Patrol, the USAF Auxiliary.
The Meyers Aircraft Company has had many forms and owners over the years since Allen Meyers founded the company in the 1930s. The OTW and Meyers 200 series were the most well-known of his designs before the rights to production were bought by Rockwell in an ill-fated attempt to gain civilian aircraft market share. Later versions of the Meyers 200 series were marketed as the Rockwell Commander, Interceptor turboprop and a FAC/COIN derivative. The current exhibit was under the Meyers Movement, a community of Meyers owner/operators who work to keep the fleet flying and growing.
Mooney International Corporation
Mooney International Corporation is the current form of the legendary Mooney Aviation Company with its main facility in Kerrville, TX. It was most recently purchased by the Soaring American Corporation, backed by Taiwanese investors, to restart production of the Acclaim and Ovation models and increase access to the Chinese market. Several new models are to be offered in the next several years. Here we have the exhibit and some classic Mooney aircraft flying in and out of the airport.
Cleveland, OH-based Nextant Aerospace offers remanufactured and enhanced aircraft to the business aviation market. Currently, they offer the Beechjet 400A/XP and Beech C90XT King Air with advanced flight controls, avionics and environmental systems installed. A beautiful King Air was on display during the week.