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G. Michael Huffman
of ASTM F37 Light-Sport Aircraft Committee
of Light Aircraft
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Windecker Eagle was the first type-certificated all-composite aircraft in the
U.S. Built in Midland, TX in the late 1960s, it was a four-place Bonanza-class
aircraft with a Lycoming IO-520, constant-speed prop, and retractable gear. Mike
Huffman was Chief Inspector during the type certification program.
its composite construction produced a small radar return, one of the Eagle prototypes
was leased to the U.S. Air Force for radar testing, which was the beginning of
company ceased operations in the 1970s and through the years various attempts
were made to revive production. In 2014, the type certificate was puchased by
a Chinese investor who has plans to manufacture the airplane in China for use
there. He has had one of the original 1970s airplanes restored, complete with
the engine upgraded to an IO-550, a full, modern glass panel, new seats, and even
an air conditioner. The airplane is slated to go to China at some point; we were
fortunate to be able to visit it in North Carolina at the restoration facility.