Hopes To Soon Return The Iconic Biplane To The Air
Big news coming from the folks at WACO Classic Aircraft. A post
on their blog Wednesday says they have officially received the Type
Certificate for the Great Lakes 2T-1A series of aircraft. Now, with
the TC in hand, WACO Classic is able to better work with the FAA to
return the Great Lakes to the air.
WCA says that most of the planned engineering updates have been
completed and are pending approval. This includes updates to the
frame structure and ergonomic updates, provisions for new yet to be
announced Garmin avionics and radios, and investigation and
engineering related to the new Lycoming AEIO-390, 210 HP
Fabrication of the first frame has started, with completion
expected by the end of October. The company says it expects the
first test engine from Lycoming late this year with flight tests
starting in late January and continuing through early March, 2012.
The first customer airplane will be started in December, with
subsequent starts every 4 weeks. Numerous vendors are already
producing component parts.
To support the airplane, Classic Aircraft has started hiring
additional technicians in preparation for production assembly
start, and, in partnership with Chandler Air Services
(Aerobatics.com), has developed a special transition training
program for Great Lakes customers.