Aero Club Visits MD Helicopter


Steve Perkins, Dick Simmons, Gary Vacin, Dorothy Vacin,  JR Scheidereiter,

Vincent Sciberras, Walt Gromada, Steve Horowitz, Wayne Zander, Jim Haytas, Gerald Hoak,

Len  Knecht, Bill Pennings, Ken Carpenter, John Philp, Gene Evans,  Paul Beeks, Jack

 Leininger, Wallace Amundson, and George Bliss. 


Twenty Sun Lakes Aero Club members and guests participated in a field trip to

the MD Helicopers facility at Falcon Field March 23.  Ten members of the group

then convened for an enjoyable lunch at nearby Monastery Restaurant.

MD Helicopters is often called “The House that Hughes built,” referring to

legendary aviator Howard Hughes, who started designing and building helicopters in  1955. 

 Hughes Aviation sold the company to McDonnell Douglas, which sold the company to Boeing. 

 Boeing then sold its helicopter lines to MD Helicopters.


 The company now builds five different helicopter lines.  Customers include armed forces of

 Japan, Jordan, South Korea, Turkey, Argentina, Finland, Italy, in addition to the United States.         


This was the Aero Club’s final field trip of the year.  Activities pick up again nn November, with

 monthly gatherings featuring interesting aviation-related speakers at the Sun Lakes Country Club,

 field trips and fly-in breakfasts at restaurants located at nearby airports. 


For additional information, contact Cannon Hill at 509-539-7857, Gary Vacin at 480-298-7017

or visit the club’s web site,