What a busy year this
has been! It seems like 99’ is gone in just the blink of an eye.
It all started with the
retirement of Alex Mirkovic. After three years of wonderful work for us,
he moved on and is now flying flame throwers in Atlanta.
He keeps in touch regularly and can be seen hanging around at contests,
flying an S2B in advanced and doing very well. The last few months with
us, he helped us train our new full time instructor, Josh Wilson. Josh
is also a charming young man and a graduate of Embry Riddle University
who started learning aerobatics with us, fell in love with it, sold his
motorcycle to pay for it, and liked it so much he was taught how to teach
what he had just learned. Despite a few delays due to the Holidays, finishing
some classes at Embry Riddle and bad weather, Josh was able to start teaching
full time not long after Alex left. In the meantime, Phil Schacht and Montaine
filled in between Alex’s departure and Josh’s arrival and actually kept
helping through the whole winter thanks to very good weather. We were in
fact so busy that we also hired John Schwenk to fly the Cub. A veteran
tail-wheel pilot, he didn’t believe that students were on a mission to
take out runway lights with him bearing all the responsibility.
You all know who you are!!
This year has seen 4 contests and a plethora of new faces at the competition
line. Team Mudry has brought back trucks full of "Wood" to adorn the walls,
and a few new addicts to this adrenalin bound sport. Some of the die-hards
are still around such as Ron Case and the Luzzinator, but we’ve also had
several new pilots added to the competition ranks. Some of the names include
Pete Eslick, JP Sedita, Dr. Mack McElhannon, Charlie Hoover, Nicolas Arcaute
and the famous aeronautical guru Larry Fletcher who first flew with the
French Connection back in the 80’s which inspired him to learn to fly.
We’ve seen over 150 pilots take to the sky inverted this year, over 130
of which came back for more. For those who have just been dreaming
about getting into it, whether it be contests or just exploring unusual
attitudes, what are you waiting for!!! The year 2000 promises to be clear
below 12,000 with winds straight down the box, so come on out and knock
some of that rust off. The first contest of the millennium is slated in
February with several more to follow. This is the perfect resolution for
the new year!
The shop kept busy most of the Summer
without any special projects, thanks to our regular customers, the arrival
of 2 new CAP 232 and the school being so busy. The fact that we weren’t
plagued with brush fires this year really helped too. For this Winter,
besides the regular customers, the school aircraft and the French Connection
CAP 10 annuals, we have a Stearman to re-fabric. We all had stitching lessons
thanks to Mr. Smith and Bruno, and so far, everything is going well.
The French Manufacturer
of all CAPs has taken on a new look with a new name "CAP AVIATION" and
more products. The CAP 232 is still the best single place aerobatic aircraft
in the World, with now three in the United States, soon to be four.
The new CAP 10C, lighter and modernized, is finally coming out of the blue
print and expected to fly in the Spring.
We have # 4 on order and expect to have it by the Summer. The CAP 222,
a composite 2 place unlimited trainer has completed all the stress tests
and is currently going through the final European certification. Both aircraft
serial numbers can be reserved with as little as $3,000.00 (refundable
if you change your mind). You can look at CAP Aviation web page at: capaviation.com
FRENCH CONNECTION AIRSHOW
Or should we say... French/American
Airshow, thanks to two new citizens
to our US of A!!
We started early this year, again, with 2 airshows in Natal, Brazil, at
the end of February and the beginning of March. We flew airlines down and
used the 2 CAP 10’s from the Aero Club do Rio Grande Do Sul, from Porto
Alegre. Natal is a town with a multitude of Aviation history and beautiful
Then it was on with Sun
N’Fun and the rest of the season. We stayed in the eastern half of the
Country this year, making the season less tiring than last year.
Oshkosh this year was our 25th anniversary, since Daniel performed there
for the first time in 1974. We want to take this opportunity
to welcome two new sponsors, AIRMAX
who came on board during the 1999 season. We hope that you choose our sponsors
products when you need something that they produce: Mattituck
Enterprises Parachutes Co., Randolph
Paint Products, AVBlend
Oil additives, Champion
Spark Plugs and ICOM
Hoping to see you all soon, on behalf
of Mudry Aviation and
its employees, we would like to
wish you a very
Happy Holiday Season and a wonderful
year in 2000.
© 1999 Mudry Aviation Ltd.