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One Week Wonder Plane Done In Mena

(MENA) Rose Aircraft Services recently completed an exciting project that is the first of its kind to the aircraft industry.  The company, based at the Mena Air Center, just completed the painting of a new Light Sport Airplane, that according to officials should open up a brand new area of low – cost and safe flying for enthusiasts.

The plane took approximately 3000 people in various stages to assemble and around another 30 people to paint the aircraft. This type of aircraft does not have to be licensed by the FAA, but, the requirements implemented into the design of the plane are mostly adhered to the FAA standards in place for slightly larger private planes.

The plane kit was made in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and was shipped to Mena for the painting and assembly. The plane took off on Thursday from the Mena Air Center, in preparation for the Sun ‘N Fun Event in Lakeland, Florida that takes place next week.

The cost of the plane is approximately between $70 and $80 thousand dollars.


Picture submitted by Kirsten Eastridge with Rose Aircraft

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