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The URLy Crew went to the Airplane
Owners and Pilots Association Expo '96 at the San Jose, CA Convention
Center this weekend. (Oct. 19, 1996).
This was our first experience
with such an event and we were dazzled by the new technology that is happening
with small airplanes. We were aware that much of the new design development
had been in "kit" planes in the United States, since most of the traditional
companies, such as Cessna, had stopped making new planes due to a spate
This year, many new "manufactured" airplanes are being introduced. The Cirrus particularly caught our eye. We think it is
one of the sexiest designs we've ever seen! As a piece of sculpture it
is extraordinary for its flow of shape--both to the eye and to the touch.
Its four-seat interior reminds us of a luxury car with its soft, beige-leather
padded bucket seats. The console looks like it is a virtual reality game,
complete with a computer screen for plotting your course.
The new body technology is awe-inspiring. The
seamless high-gloss surface allows for shapes to take on an organic feeling.
We were happy to discover a booth with the already-invented repair kits
for this finish and for the plexiglass windows.
There were, of course, other
striking new planes. There was a broad range of booths, as would be
expected. Booths included clubs for the owners of specific brands of planes
and organizations with various missions such as mercy flights. There were
booths for specialty clothing, parts and accessories for the airplane,
engines, insurance companies, finance companies
and collectibles. The hot product of the event was headphones.
Cirrus | The
Katana | Body Technology | Engines
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