h2>PAI Aero at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR)
PAI Aero is an assisted self-service FBO, catering to the needs of the aviation community since 1994. We are conveniently located on the south ramp of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, just five minutes from downtown Baton Rouge. Our Self-Service 100LL pump is available 24 hours/day.
Customer satisfaction is our ultimate goal and we hope that next time you are in the Baton Rouge area you will give us the opportunity to take care of all of your aviation needs. If you plan on being in Baton Rouge for business or pleasure, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have concerning instruction, lodging, rental cars, airport events and amenities, etc, at 225-355-9052. We look forward to making your visit a memorable one.
All systems ok. Engine performing well. At minimum cruise just over 60 gallons per hour at 220 knots.
FINALLY: THE FLIGHT OF THE FOCKE WULF
After ten and a half years of restoration, Fw190A-8, werk nummer 173056, took to the air on Sunday 2011, October 9, for the first time in 68 years since wrecked in a French rail yard during the late years of WWII. Owned by Don and Linda Hansen’s engineering company of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and flown by test pilot Klaus Plasa from Munich, Germany, two flights were made that day, the first a short flight to test flight characteristics and systems, and a second flight to include maneuvers and stalls shown in this video. Additional test flights will be made to expand the flight envelope of the aircraft and to check systems reliability.
First air-to-air shot. At the controls is experienced 190 test pilot Klaus Plasa, who reports very smooth operations and engine parameters all OK. Photo by Rusty Gautreaux, taken from our Bonanza N5907C.
This 190 was produced at Marienberg in 1944. It was found buried in the rail yard at Rheims, France, after being stripped of many parts by the Germans. We started working this restoration in 2000 and completing it just now. Needed quality repair parts were produced by Flug Werk in Germany who has been most helpful.
First flight day, 2011, October 9: Test pilot Capt. Klaus Plasa reports that aircraft handles very well, engine parameters are good with a bit cool oil temperatures, cockpit quiet, propeller set OK, very smooth and predictable operations throughout test phase so far.
Fw190A-8 Serial 173056 preparing for flight testing in late 2011, September. Taxy tests OK, engine response is good and making good barometric runs.
July 4, 2010: FW190 Werknummer 173056 taxy test continue after modifications to increase braking pressure. The aircraft now responds well and predictably with high pilot confidence in ground handling.
February 6, 2010: Normal engine run at PAI Aero in Baton Rouge, LA of FW190 owned by Don and Linda Hansen’s engineering company. Modifications to the oil system now allows normal operating oil pressure and uneventful engine runs in preparation of an expected first flight in September 2010. This video shortened from 5+ minutes.
December, 2009: Cowling fitted, systems check.
FW190A-8 Werknummer 173056 quickly roared to life Sept. 21, 2009 after 8 1/2 years of restoration work on the four major components of 173056: Tail, fuselage, wings and engine. Located at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport at PAI Aero, this restoration is a project of Don and Linda Hansen’s engineering company. The engine was started but shut down quickly as a precaution due to lack of oil pressure indication - found later to be an incorrect pressure sender. Major Frank Hohmann from Flug-Werk in Gammelsdorf, Germany worked intently for most of September, as did Don Hansen and crew Rusty Gautreaux, Danny Trogé and Stephen Hansen to complete engine rigging. This de-preservation/pre-oiling run was a smoky success, with the 2000HP Ash82T engine starting instantly on the first try after 30 years in storage.
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