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Continental Aerospace Technologies™ announces Robert J. Stoppek as Chief Executive Officer and President

Continental Aerospace Technologies™ announces Robert J. Stoppek as Chief Executive Officer and President

Continental®, an AVIC International Holding (HK) LTD company (HKEX: 232.HK), announced today that Robert J. Stoppek has been named as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President. Stoppek was formerly the CEO for Waukesha Engine, part of the former GE Distributed Power business prior to joining Continental®.

“We are pleased to welcome Robert as our new CEO,” said Mr. Fu Fangxing, Chairman of the Board for Continental Aerospace Technologies Limited. “Robert is an experienced CEO who has excelled at navigating along a strategic-tactical continuum and is well-positioned to lead Continental’s continued transformation. He has had a successful career in transformative roles driving results, initiating and driving change, innovating during technology shifts, and strengthening commercial and operational performance. Rob’s strong business acumen, international experience, integrity, and passion for general aviation will provide him with the knowledge and understanding to drive Continental to be the leader in general aviation.”

In October of 2019, Continental® appointed Michael Skolnik as the Interim CEO in addition to his duties as Chief Operating Officer (COO). As the company transitions the leadership roles to Stoppek, Skolnik and other senior leadership are eager to work together to shape the future of Continental®.

“I am honored and energized by the opportunity to lead Continental Aerospace Technologies and help build upon its strong 115 year history of delivering excellence,” said Stoppek. “I look forward to working closely with the leadership and team members to provide quality products and services to our customers. I am committed to engaging with all of our stakeholders including customers, regulators, investors, elected officials and communities to share our passion and vision with the flying community.”

Checking Your Six: Comanche Stabilator Maintenance

Checking Your Six: Comanche Stabilator Maintenance


Piper’s long-running preference for stabilators began with the PA-24 Comanche. A&P/IA KRISTIN WINTER discusses the stabilator system and its most common problems, as well as what you can do to keep your tailfeathers airworthy.

The Piper PA-24 Comanche was the first Piper production aircraft to use an all-moving stabilator instead of the more common horizontal stabilizer and elevator combination. Piper obviously liked the result, as they used stabilators in the Aztec and in all the Cherokees and their derivatives.

Piper stabilators have proven to be fairly robust, with only a few issues that can easily be addressed with heads-up maintenance. In this piece, we will look at the known issues with Comanche and Twin Comanche stabilators.

Torque tube horn cracking
(AD 2012-17-06)

The stabilator system had been reasonably AD-free until 2012, when the FAA issued AD 2012-17-06, which addresses cracking in the torque tube horn that attaches the counterbalance arm to the torque tube, to which in turn the stabilator halves are attached.

The cracks propagate from the inside, as all three of the cracked horns in the photo show (See photo below).

The cracks progress from there to the outside, and eventually, a secondary crack will propagate on the aft side, as cracks in the front have now progressed to the point there is relative movement inside the horn. Once this happens, complete failure of the horn is likely but a few flight hours away.

Wilco issues COVID-19 and Sun-n-Fun statement

Wilco issues COVID-19 and Sun-n-Fun statement

Wichita, KS – (March 18, 2019) – Wilco Vice President Mike Hattrup announced today that Wilco will offer all customers, both website and phone, a discount as a result of the postponed 2020 Sun-n-Fun Aerospace Expo.


Wilco’s Covid-19 Response and Sun-n-Fun 2020


Wilco Inc. does not anticipate being able to participate in the rescheduled SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo in Lakeland FL this year.  We recognize the impact this will have on the aviation community and we will greatly miss seeing our friends and customers at the Expo.  However, we do not feel that those who have had their plans disrupted should be penalized because of it.  Therefore, we want to proceed as if SUN ‘n FUN is still happening in early April, however, we will do so virtually and from our office in Wichita.


Effective immediately and through April 30, 2020 Wilco Inc. will extend our show prices to all customers who order via our website, www.wilcoaircraftparts.com , as well as to all call-in customers, who use the coupon code SNF 2020.  Website orders will require you to enter the code SNF 2020 in the coupon code field.  For phone and email orders, simply mention the coupon code when ordering.   This discount will apply to all items and lines except 4130 Steel Sheet and Plate.   We will also cap freight charges for all orders (except batteries and windshields) at $10.00 per shipment if you let us select the carrier and method.  Air Freight or expedited shipments, as well as batteries and windshields, will be at your expense.


About Wilco:


Wilco is an after-market distributor of aircraft parts, including Concorde Batteries, Lamar Technologies, LP Aero Plastics, PM Research, Rapco and Rapco Fleet Support, and Whelen Lighting, in addition to maintaining over twenty thousand square feet of Piper Surplus inventory.  Wilco is also a distributor of 4130 Chromoly Steel Sheet and Plate in 16 different thicknesses and over 100 different sizes in both Annealed (AMS6350/6351) and Normalized (AMS6345) conditions


Wilco has been providing quality products, service and support since 1953.



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