GA Security: Risk controlling — how much?

By DAVE HOOK

How much disposable income should I invest in security stuff to protect my aircraft?

This question is probably one of the most sensitive that I get because flying is not cheap. Even if we have the best of situations, there are still annual inspections and scheduled maintenance, repair of things that break from normal wear and tear, state and local taxes, hangar or tie down fees, GPS database subscriptions, not to mention the fuel and oil. “So with all of these expenses just to be able to go enjoy my $100 hamburger, now I’m supposed to buy security, too?”

I hear you.

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Retractable tether for tools introduced

Just introduced is Gear Keeper’s new RT3-5601 retractable tether for tools up to 2 pounds.

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Tanis expands partnership with Bruce’s Custom Covers

Tanis Aircraft Products has expanded its business partnership with Bruce’s Custom Covers with new design elements for the companies’ custom covers for fixed-wing aircraft, as well as a move to  fabricate and market new insulated covers designed specifically for rotary wing aircraft.

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Winner of Roy Clark’s Tripacer named

On Dec. 17 at Wings of Hope’s global headquarters, Larry Farr, from Knoxville, Tenn., became the lucky winner of a vintage, mint-condition Piper Tripacer. This is no ordinary airplane. Built in 1953, the single-engine Piper’s previous owner was Grammy-winning country music legend Roy Clark, who purchased it new nearly 60 years ago.

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Mooney names two new regional sales directors

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Mooney Airplane Co. has tapped veteran pilot and aviation sales executive Stan “Skip” Feher as its new regional sales director in the Pacific Northwest, while it has named Long Beach entrepreneur Jennifer Mitchell regional sales director for California.

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Offer extended for Laminar Flow Speed Pants

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Laminar Flow Systems, Inc. has extended the pre-production deposit program on their new Speed Pants for Beech fixed gear Sundowners, Musketeers and Sports. The special introductory price of $3,750, a $500 savings, is now available until August 31, 2008.

Weighing less than 20 pounds, the Laminar Flow Speed Pants provide a minimum five knot increase in cruise speed. Tests have shown that they also improve slow speed controllability by reducing drag. The new Speed Pants modernize the appearance of the Beech Sundowners, Musketeers and Sports, which have never before had pants available. The pants for all three wheels are easily installed and come in a white gel coat finish. For more information visit www.speedpants.com or call 1.386.253.8833.