Moon Shot: Wightman inspired by Neil Armstrong, built a Seawind broke world records.

When I admire my Super Seawind sleeping beauty I recall that it was first my vision and now my creation. I had built the first ever PT6 powered Seawind and I flew N71RJ all the way up to 19,000’ at breathtaking speeds. That’s something! I recently finished the annual inspection IAW a strict maintenance schedule I authored in 2013. I feel accomplished because N71RJ is safer and better equipped than ever. Like an old friend, it’s waiting for me on the tarmac. All it needs is a qualified pilot plus a little wanderlust.

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7 Ways I Make My Seawind Fly Safer

That sad day in 2014, she had not only lost a loving husband, but a copilot friend too. Like her husband, the copilot was also a dad, a friend, a brother and a son. There were no survivors. Something critical had been overlooked. Understanding the cause of this fatal crash and so many others over my flying years I reflected; “what makes my Seawind safer than other builders and even safer than type certificated airplanes like Cirrus, Cessna and Piper?”

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