Life is Short ...
David and his faithful Falcon inspect progress
of the hangar
Well the new engineering
facility is almost complete. The roof is on. The big door
is going up right now. The parking lot is going in.
A new office and shop is like a new car, all shiny and new.
Everyone likes knew stuff but this expansion from Vero to
Sebastian is a lot more than just a new place.
Have you ever been the "new
kid in school?" Everyone wants to say hello and help you
get settled in.
It's the same way here.
All of the local businesses are happy to see us moving in.
The local home owners like to see a new business at the airport.
It's amazing how a change in
venue changes your whole point of view. I have lived here
for 20 years and in Merritt Island for 10 more years but it took
a this move to Sebastian for me to realize how much fun Florida
can be. Not the Mickey Mouse Florida but the out-of-doors
There is a great set of
mountain bike trials 1/2 mile from my office. Just a
little farther and there are kayak put ins. Just outside my
window is the golf course. Who knew that Florida was this
There is skydiving, fishing,
diving, kayaking, surfing, boating during the day and great food
with music and dancing at night.
If you are not planning to
come to Florida this year CHANGE YOUR PLANS!
Fly to Sebastian.
This is a great airport with a
community that loves to see pilots visit. There are
special rates at the local hotels, safe parking on the ramp for
your plane and the lowest fuel prices on the Treasure Coast.
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Low Fuel Prices, and
a Free Lunch
Come to our new HQ for great deals,
On your way to Sun-N-Fun? Need fuel for you and your
plane? Stop at X26 and take care of both. There is
special pricing on fuel for Sun-N-Fun bound aircraft. "Our
fuel is the lowest cost Avgas on the Treasure Coast." said Joe
Griffith, Sebastian Airport Director.
FREE Lunch on April 19th or 20th! Not only can you get
fuel for your plane but we will have a free bagged lunch for
you. Call 772-562-4757 for reservations.
Aviation Stimulus Package
From Your Local LoPresti Partner
This Aviation Stimulus package will be
announced during Sun-N-Fun. Now is the best time to
upgrade or repair your airplane. The LoPresti Aviation
Stimulus package will offer you a once in a lifetime opportunity
to LoPresti-ize your plane and support your local FBO.
LoPresti Partner List
Well as usual the Fury and I never stop and I
love it. Sense the last blog we have been to a fly in breakfast
in Lancaster, TX. and Flying Magazine’s POP, Parade of Planes.
Yep, “Have Fury Will Travel” or as Daffy Duck sings “Ohhhhhhh
you never know where your going till you get there, till you get
Guy’s and Gal’s Lancaster, TX. just south east
of Dallas is a great place for Lunch and spending several hours.
The restaurant is filled with aviation people, memorabilia and
excellent food. There is also a wing of the CAF there with
friendly COL.’s that are happy to talk airplane and give
you a tour. Another great surprise there is the “Cold War
Museum” filled with Russian aircraft including a Mig 21, Mig 23
and various combat Russian helicopters. Well worth the visit.
POP, Parade of Planes is a display event sponsored by Flying
Magazine. This one was held at Addison, TX. a sub of Dallas. I
arrived there on Wednesday afternoon in blue skies and 75 degree
temps. Thursday we went through a tornado warning and several
good rain showers. Friday, it was still 70’s temps but we had
rain, another tornado warning and 35 KT. Winds. Saturday I awoke
to SNOW flurries, 20 degree temps and 40 KT. Winds gusting to 48
KTS. Now the kicker, there were lots of people that came out to
see the airplanes, no joke! Texas weather is crazy for Sunday
was blue skies, 75 and 5 KT. Winds. The event was well put
together by Susan Bolinger and her husband; my hat is off to
them for I would have thought it would have been a failure.
Besides people climbing all over the Fury and
asking questions I was demonstrating our Boom Beam. There was a
Kingair 350 driver there raving about the “Boom Beans” on his
Kingair and brought several friends over to see the Fury’s. Of
course this brought more questions from bystanders who asked my
opinion. I’ll tell you how I was introduced to the Boom Beam, it
was right after we got the Fury back on its feet. It was dark as
I taxied the Fury around the ramp, I didn’t need to turn on the
Fury’s lights as the ramp was pretty well lit. As I taxied back
to our open hangar I could see our people working and figured I
would flash the Boom Beam to get their attention to help me push
the Fury into the Hangar. I taxied right up to the front of the
hangar with it’s partially opened doors and turned on the Boom
Beam --- WOW it scared the hell out of me, it lit up the whole
front of the hangar as if it were a monster --- I mean BAM
here’s your hangar! When LoPresti says these HID’s are 5 times
the light of a regular bulb their conservative. The second shock
was when I looked at the amp. Meter and saw only a 1.5 volt
usage. They are remarkable, ask someone that has on.
It is especially fun writing my blog today as
this is the 43 anniversary of my solo flight. WOW what wonderful
years of fun, thank you GOD!
remember the day well, my instructor, Charlie Hammonds, and I
were shooting landing in my SNJ (T-6) and after the third
landing he said “Fornof, taxi back to the hangar.” I did as
instructed and before I could shut down he said “Keep it
running.” Charlie climbed out of the rear cockpit and came up
besides me in the front. With the Pratt & Whitney engine ticking
over at idol and the smell of burnt AV gas in the air, he leaned
into the cockpit. Now Charlie is tall and slim so he leaned way
over and pointing a waving finger in my face he said “Fornof,
there isn’t any sense in you killing both of us, go do it by
yourself.” He smiled, winked, patted me on the shoulder and go
off the SNJ. I had 5.6 hours flying time and taxied out like I
had thousands. I didn’t have any concerning thoughts till I
turned base, then it hit me, I soloed, I am alone. My feelings
were of many emotions, Joy because I had done it, Apprehension
because I still had to land it, Fear of facing my DAD if I
screwed up his SNJ and Freedom, I was now a birdman.
New pilots, welcome to the club,
|Taxiing in I had but one thought:
"When can I fly it again?"
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Cirrus Safety Forum at
LoPresti Aviation not only supports charities through the
LoPresti First Saturday events, we also host safety events like
Cirrus Safety Forum.
Recently LoPresti hosted over 40 Cirrus
pilots at the new LoPresti Facility in Sebastian for a morning
of great food, fun and safety education. This facility is
used for many different clubs and safety meetings as will as the
monthly First Saturday Event
love to support the aviation community in general and promoting
safety is just icing on the cake. We make our facilities
available to many groups and the Cirrus group was just the first
group of many that will use our new Sebastian HQ for this type
of event," said Curt LoPresti.
According to Dennis Haber, Leader of the Critical Decision
Making Forum, in Florida.
"The Cirrus Safety Forum is a periodic meeting developed by
Cirrus Owners and Pilots Assn (COPA) that met at the LoPresti's
facility. Our attendance was higher than expected.
Maybe the new facility or the great breakfast helped. We
will be coming back for more meetings at LoPresti. It was a
Saturday at LoPresti
"LoPresti First Saturday to benefit Heather Garver's Transplant
Fund and Features Corkey Fornof and The Fury DVD Preview, Vero
will host another in their series of "First Saturday" events in
the LoPresti hangar on the north ramp of the Vero Beach
on April 4th starting at 9 am.
LoPresti First Saturday is about connecting
aviation to modern America.
founder of the company, Roy LoPresti, had a life long love of
aviation. As a boy of 5 he announced to his parents, he
was going to "design airplanes". A bold statement from the
son of poor first generation immigrants. But sure enough, he
entered NYU at 16 and graduated at 19 with a degree in aviation
As a boy, Roy hung
around airports and airplanes every chance he got. However, what
was possible and even common 60 years ago, is neither today. Roy
bemoaned the loss of innocence and the lack of places for kids
and pilots to meet. So we opened "LeRoy's Cafe" as a
place for pilots and the community to "Hang Out". Later we added
First Saturday to formally bring the two together once a month
with a full breakfast, an interesting topic and a guest speaker.
Any proceeds we generate goes to a charity or a worthy cause. In
this way we get to give back to the community and provide a
place for pilots to gather. Best of all we get to do what Roy
wanted most...to share the dream of flight.
Speaker. The April 4th event will feature
LoPresti Aviation and offer a sneak peak at the the LoPrestiFury
DVD that will go on sale at Sun-N-Fun. David LoPresti will
MC this event and J.W. "Corkey" Fornof will review the Fury DVD
with the typical "Fornof" flair.
J.W. "Corkey" Fornof
is the world famous movie pilot and Aerial Director that made
his movie mark in the 007 feature "Octopussy" by flying the BD
mini jet through the hangar. "They only thing that could
lure me away from the airshow business was working on a series
of 007 feature films. It was a great way to have fun
flying and have my family with me." said Corkey. "Oh I
still work as an Aerial Coordinator and Director but when I had
the opportunity to work with the LoPresti family on the Fury I
just had to take it. Man the first time I took the Fury
for I flight I just new I had made the right choice. I was
having so much fun it should be illegal. It was like that first
kiss in my Mustang. Just pure love."
Corkey now is the
Director of Flight for LoPrestiFury and as such he is directing
the first in a series of films on the LoPrestiFury and the
LoPresti family. Michael LoPresti, Creative
Specialist, is the one man production company for Corkey.
"Working with Corkey has been fantastic. Corkey has a ton
of experience and a crystal clear image of what the final
product should be. Corkey just knows what will work and look
right and how to get the shot, " said Michael.
Other items to be
covered during the event: New Fury Facility on Sebastian
Airport, Project Review, New Top Gun Training Program, and Win a
ride with Corkey.
Have you ever wished
that you could fly like a professional aerobatic pilot? Now you
To "Win A Ride
With Corkey" you can come to First Saturday and buy tickets
or buy tickets via telephone at 772-562-4757
Cost? $2 per ticket
or 6 for $5.
Rules? You must
be over "this high to ride." Basically you must be physically
able to get in and out of the aircraft. You must be able
to fit in the plane, not too small, not to large. You must
be "of age" and be willing to have A TON OF FUN! This is a
once in a life time opportunity not only to get an aerobatic
ride in the Fury but to fly with "James Bond's Pilot", Corkey
The speakers will be proceeded by a full breakfast benefit for
the Heather Garver. Heather needs a kidney transplant and
needs your help. Heather is a newly wed who's husband is
in boot camp and will be heading to Iraq very soon. This
does give Heather access to heath care BUT there is still a
mountain of money required just to be put on the transplant
list. She must prove that she will be able to pay for all
of the anti rejection drugs before she is allowed on the list.
Her insurance will help a lot but she still needs thousands of
The First Saturday Event is located at LoPresti Hangar, Vero
Beach Airport’s North Ramp, KVRB. 2620 Airport North Drive. Call
for information or RSVP Mimi Erskine, 772-562-4757.
Listen to David LoPrest's interview with Bob Soos link
What's next month?
||Barrington Irving - Round the world Pilot
On March 23rd, 2007, Barrington Irving, a 23-year old
senior majoring in aerospace at Florida Memorial
University, climbed into a single-engine plane called
"Inspiration" and embarked on a 30,000-mile,
round-the-world flight. When he returned to Miami
on June 27th, he was celebrated for setting two world
records: he was the youngest person and first black
pilot to fly solo around the globe.
Come to LoPresti's First Saturday on May 2nd, 2009
and hear some great stories about this record breaking
USING THE LINK BELOW.
Hangar on the North Ramp of KVRB
Hangar opens at 9:am
Coffee and Pancakes start at 9:15am
"Heather Garver's Transplant Fund".
Tech Talk starts at 10:00am
Movie starts at 10:20
Hangar Flying 11:00am