The Company's Turn-Around Strategy Continues...
The recent GAMA stats produced reasons to think positively about
the future of aviation... along with a few low points, most notably
the slight downturn in piston aircraft sales. So, at a time when
General Aviation's overall piston-aircraft deliveries are down by
16 percent for the first half of this year, Piper Aircraft
underscored its string of successes with ANN by disclosing that its
piston aircraft deliveries are up 18 percent.
Bill Wheat and Stanley Feller May Be Longest-Serving Employees
in the Industry
When Stanley Feller decided to pursue a job with the local
airplane manufacturing company at Louis Schreiner Field in 1958,
"he was still just a kid." At least, that's the way Bill Wheat
remembers it. A self-proclaimed "old hand" at 23 back then, Wheat
was the company's full time test pilot. He had actually been
involved with company founder Al Mooney and his brother, Art, since
they had moved their company to Kerrville in 1954. Both Wheat and
Feller admit that they experienced some uncertainty in those early
days and hoped their new jobs would last.
Sitting Governor Receives Helicopter Pilots License
The staff of the HAI, via the Atlanta Helicopter Pilots
Association, tells ANN that we have a new helo pilot in the
ranks... and one that is gaining some attention.HAI reports that
Governor George Ervin Perdue III (Sonny) of Georgia has added
Private Rotorcraft Helicopter privileges in a Robinson R44 to his
pilot’s license July 22nd.