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, SunLakesAeroClub.org.