packing and heading to Oshkosh and as usual we are missing
"stuff". After 25 years of this you would think we would have
this Oshkosh thing down pat,
but nope we don't. I think it helps us keep a fresh new
attitude by not planning too far ahead.
be in Aeroshell square between the EAA tent and Eclipse in the
same location as the last few years.
know that LoPresti products are
Our reputation is built
on high performance.
In the past we have focused on the fun part....SPEED. But when
you really look at what LoPresti is about it is efficiency,
beauty, quality and integrity.
Everything we do is about efficiency.
From our cowlings and wheel pants to our BoomBeam lights it's
all about efficiency. Getting more out while putting less
When you think about it more speed via drag
reduction equals more efficiency and that equal less fuel burned
and less carbon emitted. Every knot gained in speed
performance equal better range on the same fuel and that will
earn you higher MPG and less money spent on fuel. So drag
reducing modifications are GREEN.
Are BoomBeam HID lights Green? Heck
BoomBeams reduce the electrical load on
your aircraft. Less load equals more efficiency.
Higher efficiency equals a GREENER airplane. The BoomBeam
products also effect our environment in another maybe even more
measurable way. They don't fail so they don't end up in
the land fill like most filament lights do. Less trash also
equals a GREENER aircraft.
Another way that we increase efficiency and
reduce our aircrafts impact on our environment is with the use
of LoPresti KnotWax or SpeedCoat. Both products improve
laminarity and aircraft efficiency AND reduce the impact of
washing your aircraft of the environment. A KnotWaxed or
SpeedCoated aircraft needs fewer washing and little if any
detergents or chemicals to clean your aircraft.
We have a bunch. LoPresti SpeedCoat
joins KnotWax in our product line of paint protection.
SpeedCoat a consumer version and KnotWax is our professional
grade. Both products
For the Cirrus pilot we have added 3 new
products that not only improve safety but they improve
efficiency as well yielding not only a safer Cirrus but a
GREENER one as well. More
Have you ever been to the
Arlington Fly-In in
Washington state? If you are tempted to attend next year I
would highly recommend it. The Arlington Fly-In is run by an
enthusiastic group and is a very well organized event.
Lots of airplanes of all shapes and sizes with the strongest
showing of experimental and LSA aircraft of any show.
This is a show we will be coming back to
J.W. "Corkey" Fornof is continuing his
tour of the country demonstrating the LoPrestiFury.
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to get status reports on the Fury
Want to learn more about
Visit with us at the trade shows below or
visit one of our LoPresti Partners.
We have a great announcement. LoPresti has
broken ground for our new HQ at the Sebastian airport. The
new hangar facility will be adjacent to the existing office
building and should be ready for occupancy at the beginning of
RJ Siegel, Andrea Coy, Al Minner, Sal Neglia,
Curt LoPresti, Al Paternoster, Margaret LoPresti
The office building and the new hangar facility
are designed with a tropical "Key West" style and should blend
very well with this attractive Florida community. Stay
tuned because our grand opening will be really grand and we are
planning on one heck of a party.
LoPresti has new products for Cirrus owners. A 3X improvement
in the stock landing light( X2 BoomBeam), a 10X improvement in
wingtip lights (TriTips) and our New, slick, lo-drag, fireproof
wheel pants. (IceSkates).
LoPresti has been providing Cirrus Designs with the world
famous LoPresti BoomBeam for many years and we have recently
added an upgrade for more LoPresti BoomBeams for the G2 series
of Cirrus Designs aircraft.
Nose IceSkate shown with access door in place
Speed Coat now available for Cirrus through the Cirrus
Connection or from your Cirrus Service Center.
O dark 30, taxing out to runway 170 Mckinney, TX.
Destination, Duluth, MN. For the COPA, Cirrus Owners and Pilots
Association, Migration 08. Yep, the Fury and I were there,
sitting among several hundred Cirrus's was one bright yellow
Fury, oh yes it stood out among the white and silver Cirrus's.
I had planned this early departure hoping to find a way
through a pretty mean front in northern OK. I knew if I could
get on the backside of the front I would have it made. Hummm
sounds funny, the Backside of a Front! I knew from experience
that if I could hit it just right when the heat was starting to
lift the moisture to form cells I could pop between them before
they were fully developed. The front was about 100 miles thick
and I hit the first part perfectly. Howeverrrrrrrr, towards the
last 15 miles or so I went between two forming cells and
encountered a dry cell. That's the only way I know how to
describe it. In clear the Fury dropped about four to five
hundred feet with an abrupt stop followed by a rapid upward
moving column of air that rolled the Fury 120* inverted. Worried
about wind shear and fighting it I rode it out. I did up right
the Fury noticing the rate of climb was over 3,500 FPM. I pulled
the power pointed the nose down to stay out the clouds, the
airspeed had built to 230 KTs indicated and I was still going up
over 3,500 FPM with the nose pointed down 80*. In 20 hart beats
the rate of climb swung the other way to over 4,000 FPM decent.
I leveled out at 2,500 FT. and headed into the lightest rain I
could find. Once in the rain my vis started to deteriorate, I
had a thought of making a 180* turn but when I looked behind me
it had closed up as a black wall of lightning. Flying further
into the rain and by my judgment, I never had less than 3 miles
VIS even when I could only see staring down. I had passed
through a forming cell with no moisture in it YET. Fifteen
seconds later "BAM" the Fury and I popped out into clear blue
skies. The rest of the trip to Duluth was beautiful with a total
fuel burn of 42 GALS. I don't think I could drive a car from
Dallas to Duluth on 42 GALS.
COPA is a great group of pilots who hold a yearly Migration
in Duluth, MN. LoPresti manufactures both after market and line
items for Cirrus's. We had a booth at the convention displaying
our new wing tips, wheel pants and new 3 times more light Boom
Beam for the G1, G2 & G3 Cirrus's. All were well received as the
orders showed. Copa really does things right, the 1st. night was
a Cabana Party on the lakeside, 2nd. Night was a banquet at the
Aquarium and the 3rd. night was the Grand Banquet at the
convention center Ball Room. Now it wasn't just grand parties,
there were flights of the Cirrus Jet, recurrence flights,
seminars for the care and feeding of your Cirrus, a day camp for
the kids and health Spa's for your significant other. I say
significant others for many of the Cirrus' owners are ladies. It
is a remarkable gathering of pilots, well worth the visit.
The flight back to Dallas was super; it gave me a few days at
home before I headed to Vero Beach for our Ground Breaking. Yes,
if you haven't heard were moving most of our LoPresti Speed
Merchants to Sebastian, FL. Sebastian is apx 12 miles north of
Vero Beach. We need to expand all the different division
LoPresti has we needed more room. This is where we will build
the first three conformity Fury's to complete certification, I'm
The ground breaking was perfect, no rain, lots of people from
County, City, locals and customers were there. Every one
associated with Lopresti was wearing our bright florescent green
shirts -- hahahahahaha we blinded most people but we looked
marvelousssssss baby. Peggy LoPresti was present it gave me a
chill as I watched her watch her sons with pride on this special
occasion. Peggy is someone you have to meet, she is a treasure
and definitely someone you would choose as a friend. All the
speakers had great things to say, sure made me feel welcomed in
Sebastian. Curt's daughter, Angie rode with me for the fly-by
portion of the event and loved every second. We made a number of
passes always within 45* of pitch, 60* of roll and below pattern
speed limits, I think! I will fly the Fury acro show for our
grand opening. I can't wait to move into the new facilities; Dan
Lynch laid it out so it is a modern, state of the art work
facility with more room.
Well, I'm in Vero for a few days having some detail work done
before I head to OSH. As always OSH will be interesting, fun and
a lot of work. If you're going to OSH be sure to come by our
booth and catch the Fury's acro demo during the MFG showcase. I
will also be giving a talk on my flying for the movies, come on
by we'll have fun.
Taxiing in I had but one thought:
"When can I fly it again?"
SpeedMods not only give you more speed, they make your plane
more efficient. More efficient means less gas and more
(in your pocket).
This month lets talk about WheelPants for Pipers. Do you
have a Piper with worn out wheelpants. Do you need to
upgrade or repair? The LoPresti Speed Spats for fixed gear
Pipers are the newest and best kit to the market.
Our owners have reported more than 14 mph increase in speed with
So how much gas would you save with a constant
15 mph tail wind?
Everyone who is registered for our Newsletter gets a chance
to win a BoomBeam.
Announce our BoomBeam winner!!!
Mark R. Stetzel of
Fort Wayne, IN
Mark has a Piper fixed gear Saratoga and just loves flying.
What is a BoomBeam? LoPresti BoomBeam HID was the first
HID light kit available for general aviation. LoPresti has
more STC's and has delivered more OEM installed BoomBeam HID
lights than any other company. We are the market leadings
in high technology lighting.
LoPresti is in the LSA market in a big way.
We are working with Evektor to bring the efficiency that
LoPresti is renown for to this fantastic aircraft. "This fun
flying LSA aircraft," says Corkey Fornof. "With some
upgrades by LoPresti this will be one efficient, sporty flying
Want to see what we are doing on the SportStar? Come to
our booth number 238 in Aeroshell square during Airventure to
was the sixth annual Roy LoPresti Memorial Air Race held during
the International Grumman American Pilots Association
Convention. This years race had had 13 racers, three of
which had LoPresti cowls.
Overall winner, using LoPresti
SpeedCoat, was Bruce and Carolyn
Skaggs, also winning the open class.
First in Tiger class out of
8 entrants, was Ned Thomas.
First in Cheetah class was Chase
Donaldson. First in two place class was Radan Dawson.
Winner of the First Saturday
Charity raffle ride to benefit Kristina Conn, is Lisa DeBickes,
Piper employee. Corkey Fornof, LoPrestiFury pilot, will be
taking her for her exciting flight in the next couple weeks.
Saturday August 30 at 11:00, the woman flying
group known as the "Grasshoppers" will be arriving at the
LoPresti hangar for a charity luncheon and an informative talk
by Dr. Hancock.
Our guest speaker will be Dr. Elizabeth Hancock,
Senior Aviation Medical Examiner, whose practice is in
Indialantic, FL. Dr. Hancock is a board-certified family
physician who has been in private practice since 1989. She is
also a former U.S. Army Flight Surgeon and has been an FAA
Certified Medical Examiner since 1990. Having had Primary
Flight Training in helicopters through the U.S. Army at Fort
Rucker, Alabama, Dr. Hancock obtained her private pilot license
in 1989, and in 2005 she realized her dream of becoming an
Maintaining currency and instrument proficiency
through frequent flights, Dr. Hancock truly understands the
aviation environment as it related to medical issues, disease
management, and preventative medicine.
Dr. Hancock is a Fellow of the American College
of Osteopathic Family Physicians, a past president of the
Florida Osteopathic Family Physicians, an Associate Professor of
Family Medicine at Nova/Southeastern University, and serves on
the Board of Trustees and several committees of various medical
The are called the "Grasshoppers" because they
fly from one grass strip to another. Proceeds will benefit Dr.
Hancock's favorite charity, The Humane Society.
All women pilots welcome! Please
RSVP to Mimi at 772-562-4757, or
Bobbi Lasher at 321-636-5346.
Saturday at LoPresti
DON'T COME TO VERO BEACH....WE ARE AT AIRVENTURE!!
If you come to our hangar for our regular LoPresti First
Saturday in August you will be very disappointed.
not be there.
Instead please come to our booth at
Airventure #238 in Aeroshell square with the coupon below and
save $5 on SpeedCoat or $50 for KnotWax
Save $5 on LoPresti SpeedCoat
Save $75 on LoPresti KnotWax