Knots 2 U: Still growing after 34 years

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By JIM CAVANAGH

When the speed bug hit Jim Bradshaw back in the 1980s, he was flying a Piper Twin Comanche. The Comanche is a nice, nimble, speedy airplane that motivates quite well on two smallish 160-hp Lycomings. It feels “sporty” for a mid-sized twin.

As do all “go fast” junkies, Bradshaw sat down with a pencil and paper and tried to figure out how to make his airplane go faster without having to add horsepower. He accomplished this simply and effectively by cleaning up the airframe in what looked like turbulent, draggy areas and went on to win the CAFE 400 efficiency race in his category.

The result was a place in history and a small business in Burlington, Wis., that continues to grow, mature, and invent.

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Trine Aerospace & Defense gets FAA Part 145 Repair Station certification

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Trine Aerospace & Defense has earned FAA Part 145 approval as a certified repair station. Based at the Colorado Springs (KCOS) airport, Trine Aerospace & Defense offers engineering, manufacturing, and aircraft modification on general aviation, commercial, and special mission aircraft. It also specializes in avionics and installation repair.

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West Star Aviation to open new maintenance facility at ALN

West Star Aviation is nearing completion of its new 47,000-square-foot maintenance facility at its East Alton, Ill. (ALN) location.

In addition to the new maintenance facility, the multimillion dollar expansion includes a 14,000-square-foot wood shop and 6,000-square-foot accessory repair shop, bringing the East Alton facilities from 250,000 to 317,300 square feet with approximately 300 employees.

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