May 2006 Issue
First Word: 05/06
THIELERT AND SUPERIOR
Twice this month, I have heard disgruntled aircraft owners—one of them a service guy for a major OEM—ask when Toyota or Honda is going to get into the aircraft piston engine business. I keep wanting to say, well, how about never? But then I realized most of us have been looking across the wrong ocean for leading-edge engine developments. How about Germany rather than Japan?
[IMGCAP(1)]And that’s exactly the significance of the announcement in March that the Thielert Group bought Superior Air Parts, lock, stock and cylinder barrel. I spoke to Frank Thielert the day after the sale was announced and he said the company’s business plan is to leave Superior’s s...
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