Industry News

September 2017 Issue

American Champion: Full-Service Factory

As general aviation manufacturing has slowed, American Champion is meeting the challenge by expanding into refurbs, mods and repair.

It all started with a bathtub. In the late 1920s, the cost to rent the airplanes available was a dollar a minuteóthatís over $14 in current dollars. The over 100-HP radial engines necessary to power the boxkite biplanes werenít cheap to run. Naturally, there were a lot of people trying to come up with an airplane that would be more affordable for the many who lusted to fly.

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