For the race at Homestead Miami Speedway the crews use primarily Tamiami, but several use Homestead General Aviation Airport as well because, although it has shorter runways, it is closer. I no sooner showed up at Homestead Executive Jet Center than James Starkweather, husband of the owner of the Jet Center and owner of the Advanced Aircraft dealership at Tamiami to the north, said a Cirrus was waiting for me. “Would you like aerial views of the NASCAR track for your article?” The answer was easy. The results are published here and were taken two days before the final NASCAR race of the season. After the flight I drove a few hundred yards to Roberts Air South to see the jets used by Jack Roush of Roush-Fenway Racing, and Carl Edwards who at the time was in second place for both the Nationwide race series and the Sprint Cup series. There I met Max the dog who steals things. You’ll learn more in an upcoming feature on pilots who happen to be race car drivers or wives of drivers.
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In that same video, you’ll find out what Matt Kenseth thinks of his new Mooney and hear how aviation comes to the rescue of busy drivers and crew on the circuit. Kenseth qualified third at the Homestead Miami Speedway at an average speed of more than 170 mph in his 800+ hp car. To get that average, he had to drive 210 mph on the straightaways. Look for the “NASCAR Pilots” article in 2009. (If a NASCAR racer were to run in a straight line, top speed would be 240 mph.)
Matt Kenseth (center) watches other cars qualify for the NASCAR race, November 14, at Homestead Miami Speedway while he waits in line for his attempt. He was third fastest after his qualifying run and came in 11th overall in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
The aircraft AOPA gave away in 1994 after full refurbishment the year before has helped to train 4,000 pilots and given renters a means to get around Florida for 14 years. The upholstery shows the wear from life as a trainer and the “AOPA” is missing from the “Good as New” logo on the tail, but otherwise the Cessna 172 is fully operational.
It is in the fleet of Dean International headed by Robert Dean and his wife, Elisa. Elisa notes the Garmin GPSMAP 530 added by the school makes this a, “Good as New, New” airplane. Since the picture was taken Nov. 14, the school moved into beautiful new quarters at its home base, Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport in Kendall, Florida, south of and adjoining Miami. The school trains students from around the world and hopes to add those from the Peoples’ Republic of China in coming months.
Here are some shots from my weekend in the garage area at Atlanta.
Sino Swearingen Aircraft is now called Emivest Aerospace since the Dubai-based company completed the deal in June. The aircraft shall hence be known as the Emivest Sj30.
A day later I had the chance to talk with the boss, Buti Saeed Al Ghandi (chairman of Emivest Aerospace), whose airplane had been 30 minutes late on Oct. 5, causing him to miss the press conference.
Al Ghandi said he will spend $700 million to $1 billion over the next four years to set up tooling, establish a support and sales network, and do all the other things a large jet company needs to do business. All sino Swearingen ever had was engineering tooling that was able to produce four aircraft, but never could have supported full production, he said.
The first customer delivery could occur in the first quarter of 2009. A report in Gulfnews.com that he planned to build 100 aircraft a year was incorrect, he said. No decision has been made on production rates, or even if there will be 100 copies of the first model. He implied there will be a second model with improvements to include increased range. Al Ghandi says he is not a pilot, and plays a key roll in a dozen companies, none of which are related to aviation. For example, he now regrets selling a fertilizer company that once was in his stable.
On the convention floor at NBAA in Orlando Lufthansa said they can convert a private Boeing 787 Dreamliner to your needs, and offered one design. You can see my walk down the model here. It gives new meaning to the name Dreamliner.
In this video, which I personally shot, you can see Regan briefing the Red Barons a few months before that team was disbanded by the sponsor. He leads a rehearsal and then leads them through a loop. Be warned, this is noisy, unrestrained engine and air blast noise. Get that volume down if you are in the office.
Explanation: Regan waits to feel the lift from air off the accelerating airplane beneath him as his signal to start the loop. If the slot airplane, the one I was in, does not accelerate, it will finish behind the team because it is on the outside of the loop and must travel farther. You’ll see us rush beneath Regan as the group dives to gather speed for the loop. The air off the top wing lifts Regan, signaling our presence.
Two large LSA distributors (one in Denton, Tex., the other in Salainas, Calif.) say, in general, that sales are well below what they had expected when they entered the business. But they believe sales will grow when the economy heals and both remain enthusiastic about the future of the LSA industry.
Cirrus Design sees its Cirrus SRS LSA as one of the best chances for attracting new customers, especially in an economic malaise.