of the hangar
Well so far this year has
been great. We started off with a bang. Corkey is
flying air shows, and we have new mods coming.
We have wheel pants for
Pipers and other "Go Green" mods. In fact, everything is
coming up Shamrock Green. That's right it's St.
Patty's Day is just around the corner.
Your local FBO or
LoPresti Partner has new environmentally friendly, money saving
LoPresti "Go Green" products for you just in time for St.
"Go Green"? Are speedmods
green? Yes, speedmods help you save fuel. Reducing drag
and making your airplane more efficient will make your airplane
burn less fuel. For every mile let you go faster you
go farther and you use less gas.
What is the best part about
having airplane? Going fast.
What is the second-best
part? That's showing off your beautiful baby. Having
it shiny and clean without all that extra effort.
This newest product
from LoPresti is available just in time for spring time.
Not only will this new
environmentally friendly product make your airplane go faster,
but it's fast to apply. It might even be fun.
Where can you get it? Your
local FBO or LoPresti
We are working on
this year’s calendar for Fury appearances.
Corkey Fornof will be flying his famous P-51 show in our
LoPrestiFury at Sun-N-Fun and at
Mid-Atlantic Fly-in & Sport Aviation Convention in Lumberton, NC.
J.W. "Corkey" Fornof is continuing his
tour of the country demonstrating the LoPrestiFury.
Follow the Fury at
Have you always wanted to see the
LoPrestiFury fly a aerobatic routine?
Well this is your year! Corky and the Fury
have already flown at Miami's "Wings Over Miami" and will fly
again at Mid Atlantic Fly-in and Convention and Sun-N-Fun.
Put me on the
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.
Aviation Industry Expo
April 8 - 13
Mid Atlantic Fly-in and Convention
Eastern Air Center
Lone Mountain Aviation
Las Vegas, NV
Texarkana Flying Club
Vero Beach Avionics
Vero Beach, FL
Dial East Aircraft
Mangon Aircraft Repair
Aircraft Management Services
New Cumberland, PA
Kim Davidson Aviation
Santa Monica, CA
O & N Aircraft
Eden Prairie, MN
Happy St. Patrick's Day.
Table of Contents
Following our success in BoomBeam HID lighting
for the Hawker/Beechcraft Hawker 800/850/900/950 series of
aircraft LoPresti adds a new STC for its BoomBeam' lighting
system on Cessna Citation models 500, 550, S550, 501, 551.
Previous lamp life for landing lights mounted on the main gear
of these aircraft has been a problematic 10 hours. With its
industry leading BoomBeams', LoPresti guarantees a system life
of five years or 5,000 hours! The system's high reliability,
reduced maintenance costs and decreased power consumption (one
eighth of the normal draw), makes it a highly desirable addition
to the Citation.
shock, vibration and exposure to freezing/wet conditions all
contribute to the short life of the Citation's stock landing
light system. LoPresti's BoomBeam' HID lights, with no failure
prone filaments, make for a simplified and cost effective answer
to the pilots' demands for greater reliability of this crucial
With considerably more light output than the
stock systems they replace, LoPresti's Boom Beams' greatly
enhance both recognition and visibility during night and low
visibility conditions. Enhanced safety operations are an
immediate benefit to pilots.
STC was accomplished as a joint effort with Eastern Air Center
of Norwood, Mass. Glenn Juber, Director of Maintenance for
Eastern, worked closely with LoPresti Senior Program Engineer
John Wertz to ensure the completion of this long awaited STC.
Eastern is a full service fixed-based operator offering aircraft
maintenance and avionics installations that has received many
awards for exemplary customer service.
SpeedMerchants' holds over 230 STCs for HID lighting in the
general aviation market. They continue to be the industry's
premier supplier of these systems.
Fury National Tour
February 9th, 2008
What a day! Blue, BLUE skies, mid 70’s and you can see 100
miles. Today I played and experimented with things I love:
cameras, designing camera mounts, aerobatics and the Fury -
what a combo for fun. I have been trying to supply RJ with a
good film library to draw from for various DVDs and clips we
want to produce. I must admit, based on my film experience
with some of the world’s best directors and DPs (director of
photography) that he does have a very unique knack and
So, with the Fury pre-flighted, I played with the
small remote camera and the items I brought with me to make
these simple camera mounts. Now you would be surprised at
what I had: small clamps, sections of regular plastic pants
hangers, clothes pins, tie wraps, wooden dowels, a small
sand bag and got to have my duct tape. Several people looked
on and couldn’t believe that I had used such simple things
in some of my past films to make camera mounts. However I
got an idea that, well to me, was genius; the LoPresti
lighted Hat Cam. LoPresti sells these trick hats that have
two led lights built into the brim with the light switch, a
push button under the brim. I happen to have two of these;
one I use all the time and one clean one for the show
events. I used the worn one to mount the small camera (about
the size of two sugar cubes) to the right side of the
hatband and mounted the 9V battery to the rear hat strap. I
thought with the battery so close to my brain it might give
me X-ray vision, it didn’t, perhaps my head is too hard!
Anyway it worked great. Now all I had to do during filming
was remember to pan the camera and not make sudden head
moves and WALLA, some unique footage. During filming at
certain sun angles the panel was dark, hahahaha so I just
turned on the LED lights and had my own lighting. Yes, I
know it’s scary hahahaha thoughts like this pop into my head
all the time. Hummm say RJ, Curt, maybe we should market the
LoPresti hat cam!
I do have a few mods in mind. Oh I love working with
After 45 minutes of aerobatic flying I headed back to
McKinney, TX. I couldn’t believe this day. The Big Man was
smiling on me for sure. As I watched some of the footage I
realized that it was so clear that Dallas, 30 miles away is
clearly seen in the footage rotating around. Now Einstein’s
questioning hit me. Was I rolling or was Dallas rolling
around me – Oh this is too heavy to think about. I’m going
to watch the NASCAR race.
Want more from Corkey?
Check out Corkey's
||Taxiing in I had but one thought:
"When can I fly it again?"
Send me Fury Info
Go Green With Speed
OK....So you want to spend less money on gas.
You want to go FASTER.
You want to look better.
BUT you want to spend less money too?
Is that possible on airplane mods?
You can save a "Pot-O-GREEN" with LoPresti Mods. How?
There are special deals only available through our
Partners on Speed Spats, Speed Splitters, Zip Tip Wing Tips,
Cowlings, and Hubba Caps.
Lance, Saratoga, or Seneca
Middle Georgia College
LoPresti is now teaming with Middle Georgia College to develop
new and exciting products and processes. Students at the
college have the opportunity to work with Lopresti engineering
and flight staff. "It is exciting to work with new
students on LoPresti Projects. This is a great opportunity
to have students and our team mix new student ideas with the
experiences of a life time in aviation," said Corkey Fornof.
Since 1887, Middle Georgia College (MGC)
in Cochran has offered accessible high-quality education to the
students of the Mid-state area on one of Georgia’s most
picturesque historic campuses. Not content to rest on past
successes, MGC has undergone incredible change in recent years.
Innovation and growth now define the institution with great
dedication and effort being made to bring the best of all
aspects of college life to every MGC student.
Part of that growth has been MGC’s
2007 merger with the Georgia Aviation and Technical College in
Eastman. Now along with associate’s degree programs in over 40
areas of study, MGC offers a bachelor’s of science in aviation
management degree and dozens of aviation technical certificates
such as aircraft structural, advanced composites, airframe and
powerplant, and private and commercial pilot licenses for fixed
wing and helicopter. To accommodate the increase in enrollment
these programs are expected to generate, new dorms are being
built on both the Eastman and Cochran campuses. For more
information about MGC and the exciting academic opportunities
available there, visit www.mgc.edu or call the MGC Admissions
Office at 478-934-3103.
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Saturday at LoPresti
"Why You Cannot See Traffic, and They Cannot See You"
By Ian Fries, MD
Fries gave one of the best talks we have ever had here at
LoPresti's First Saturday. Over 50 people attended and not
only did we have fun but we learned how to improve our safety
while improving our cockpit resource management.
you know how to avoid traffic? Do you know how to use your
LoCAS to improve your training to avoid traffic?
you missed this session don't worry. You will have another
chance at the AOPA Fly-In on June. Ian will run this
program again but be warned, this session sells out so come
early or you will miss out.
breakfast feast was to support the Boy's and Girls Club of
Indian River County. Susan Fries reviewed many of the
great programs that the BGC of Indian River cover. This is
a great program and this organization helps many children in our
Next Month -
Jim Bede and his life in Aviation
With a special invitation to all Grumman and Bede owners.
tell me more
Aero Club Corner
News from EAA Chapters and Aero Clubs
Young Eagles Pilot Reaches Milestone
Flys 500th Young Eagle
FOR FLORIDA TODAY
MERRITT ISLAND —
was 12 when he first flew in an airplane. The experience was so
thrilling, he’s accumulated about 6,000 hours flight time and
he’s still flying at age 80.
also spending part of his air time spreading the excitement of
flight to local kids. Yacono coordinates the Young Eagles
program provided at Merritt Island Airport by the Experimental
Aircraft Association chapter 724.
“We’ve got to introduce some of these youngsters to the field of
aviation,” Yacono said. “The thrill of flying youngsters is
seeing them seeing something they’ve never seen before.”
Thanks to the EAA members, more than 3,500 youths between ages 8
and 17 have seen new sights from the air. And while 82 local EAA
pilots have participated in the program, Yacono has logged more
flights than any, flying 504 youths.
“He loves doing it. He would not give up being the coordinator,”
said Bobbi Lasher, an EAA pilot. “One time we had a Young Eagles
Rally and for some reason he couldn’t fly. It drove him nuts to
be on the ground.”
Yacono acknowledges he’d rather be in the sky, listening to the
excited reactions of first-time fliers, encouraging others who
dream about flying themselves.
Hunter Limb, of Merritt Island, is one Young Eagle who has flown
with Yacono and gotten the aviation bug. His first flight came
three years ago when he was 12, the same age Yacono was when he
“It is really cool, a lot of fun,” said Hunter, who plans to
become a pilot. “Everyone should at least try it.”
The program wasn’t available when Yacono was young, but his boss
at a New Jersey concession stand also worked for an airplane
manufacturer and arranged a free flight.
Yacono still remembers his elation as he and a pilot took off
from a stretch of beach in a red biplane.
“I bet my fingerprints are still on the side of that airplane
where I grabbed it,” he said. “As a youngster, somebody got me
interested in aviation and that kept me going.”
In 1949, after Army service and years of battling New Jersey
winters, Yacono and his wife, Judy, moved to Merritt Island. He
worked for a company that owned multiple auto dealerships and
worked his way up to service director.
To his delight, the job required him to fly between dealerships
as he evaluated operations. Retirement, when it finally came in
2005, didn’t mean more rest or less flying time.
Yacono said he tries to fly his Mooney airplane at least twice a
week. He’s a member of the EAA and the Brevard Aviation
Association, chairman of the Merritt Island Airport safety
committee and a member of the Mooney Aircraft Owners advisory
He’s also president of Friends of Scouting, a nonprofit group
that provides financial support for local Scouts. And he plans
to keep giving free flights to youngsters who might never fly
without the Young Eagles program.
“Along the way in all my years, a lot of people have helped me,”
Yacono said. “I feel like that I have to give something back.
There are a lot of youngsters out there who deserve more than
their parents can afford. I just like to help people.” Though
he’s a leader in the local Young Eagles effort, he won’t take
much credit for the program’s success.
“It takes a lot of people for somebody like me to go up and fly
500 kids,” he said. “A lot of people are involved in this thing,
not just one person.”
Tony is a
member of EAA Chapter 724
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