Aircraft Maintenance Technology

OCT 2018

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40 OCTOBER 2018 AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY GENERAL AVIATION Love to Fly Harvey "Boss" Meek, Paul "Rocket" Hornick, David "Cupid" Monroe, and Gerry "Fossil" Molidor fly because they love it and because they want to promote aviation By Barb Zuehlke It started with the need to fly. An airline pilot was looking for a plane that he could fly for fun, “something that would allow him that freedom of expression again.” It ended up with a plan for an aerobatics team. Harvey Meek, an airline pilot, was looking for an aircraft, which lead him to Dave Monroe, also an airline pilot, who had a plane to sell and a business plan to put together an air show team. The air show team idea took precedence. Paul Hornick and Gerry Molidor are now also part of the team: The Phillips 66 Aerostars. “In the heat of the season we’re together almost every other week,” says Paul Hornick. The team performs at air shows from April to November. “In the winter we go down for maintenance.” And although they are pilots, performance is key. “When you start running these airplanes as hard as we do,” Molidor says, “you have to be intimately in tune with the wear rates on everything. Because

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