Schweiss Doors Rescues Florida Hangar Owner 

Quality ‘Hinges’ on Proper Components for Hangar Doors

Schweiss Doors Rescues Florida Hangar Owner

Imagine walking out to your hangar to see its 74-foot door in a twisted heap, lying on the ground. Tom Vaughan, a manager at two Florida municipal airports, recently experienced this headache, discovering inferior hinges were the culprit. His next call was to Schweiss Doors.

Vaughan says the door was sold and installed by a company that went out of business. His was a perfect situation emphasizing the need for hydraulic or bifold door buyers to do some homework. Vaughan was sold hinges that were not strong enough to hold the door in place. Weather was not a factor in the door collapse; no wind, no storm, just inferior hinges.

“I can tell you one thing,” Vaughan said, who manages at Airglades Municipal Airport in Clewiston, Fla., and LaBelle Municipal Airport in LaBelle, Fla. “If we ever have to replace any other doors, it will be with a Schweiss door and not any other brand. There is no doubt about it. Getting a new Schweiss hydraulic door fixed this dilemma, but you can imagine, there are 69 more of these doors at LaBelle and Airglades to worry about each day.”

While it’s possible for large doors to be damaged during tornado or hurricane conditions, weather conditions were not a factor in this failure.

“It looked like the top hinges broke off starting with a structural failure at one corner, which created a domino effect halfway across to the side of the building,” Vaughan said. “There were several planes in the hangar at the time, but they thankfully weren’t damaged. This calamity put the hangar out of operation for four months.”

Vaughan was aware the installer of his door had gone out of business, so he started a search for a new door online, where he discovered Schweiss Doors. About the same time, a local tenant returned from the SUN ‘n’ FUN airshow, where he saw the Schweiss Doors display. He told Vaughan about the solid construction of the Schweiss doors.

“We chopped up the door and threw it away,” Vaughah said. “It wasn’t good for anything else. It was just nothin’ but a hunk of junk metal sitting there. It wasn’t even an old door. It was installed in 2010.”

The hangar now has a 74-foot, three-inch by 19-foot, two-inch custom-made hydraulic door from Schwiess Doors. The door is engineered for a 175 mph windload with a 12-volt back-up system and reinforced with a strong external truss and Schweiss’ hydraulic frame with triple push tubes. It has a hydraulic two-speed valve that enables the door to slow down at the top and bottom cycle for smoother operation.

“Schwiess Doors are overly built; the hinges are 10 times better and stronger than the hinges on the broken door. They all have grease fittings, where the Brand X doors didn’t have grease fittings. The Schweiss cylinders are about three times the size for the same size door.

We asked our local aviation engineer to look at the Schweiss door from his engineering standpoint. He took pictures, and we gave him a brochure and he said he was going to take it back to his engineering firm to tell them if they have any future clients interested in putting up a door to direct them to Schweiss. Our Schweiss hydraulic door arrived on time and in good condition. Schweiss made a promise to have it to us in three weeks, and they darn sure did. We were thinking it would be 60 to 90 days to get the door. I worked with the engineers at Schweiss Doors, and they were helpful with suggestions and gave is all the information we needed.”

Vaughan said a little homework could have saved a lot of hassle, time, and money. Hindsight is 20/20, even when you’re flying.

Schweiss Doors is the premier manufacturer of hydraulic and bifold liftstrap doors. Doors are custom made to any size for any type of new or existing building for architects and builders determined to do amazing things with their buildings, including the doors. Schweiss also offers a cable to liftstrap conversion package. For more information, visit





The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center (AHMEC) welcomed a new addition to its helicopter family on Friday, June 9: a Bensen B-7W Hydro-Gyroglider. Gene Anderson, the craft’s owner, delivered it disassembled during the early afternoon, and museum volunteers reassembled it for display in the gallery.


This hydro-gyroglider was home-built and flown in 1957 and beyond by Anderson and Clyde Bastian from plans supplied by Igor Bensen, whose Bensen Aircraft Corporation produced a series of such aircraft, dubbed “gyrogliders” by Bensen. During the 1950s, rotor kites were developed as recreational aircraft. A boat towed the rotor kite into the air at 20 to 35 miles per hour. Lift was obtained by the flow of air over the rotor.


“Our intention was to build a basic unit with floats that could be adapted to land as a wheeled glider and, with the addition of a pusher prop engine, become a ‘Gyrocopter’ for land or water,” explained Anderson. This one-of-a-kind aircraft has flown on the Meramec and Mississippi rivers near St. Louis and in boating events on the St. Louis riverfront and was displayed in local boat shows, including the St. Louis Arena.


AHMEC is pleased to present this unusual copter during its upcoming FatherFest on Sunday, June 18, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Hydro-Gyroglider shares the annual Father’s Day event’s spotlight with Take Me Home Huey, a Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” that was shot down during a medevac rescue in Vietnam in 1969, scrapped, then restored as a sculpture to honor Veterans and bring awareness to those suffering from PTSD.


Contact AHMEC at 610/436-9600 or see the website at for more FatherFest information and to purchase tickets.


The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, located at 1220 American Boulevard in the land of industry innovators in the Philadelphia region, is the nation’s premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. Established in 1996, the West Chester, Penn., nonprofit organization collects, restores, and displays rotary-wing aircraft, including over 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogiros and convertiplanes.


Workhorse Unveils Surefly 

Reinventing the Helicopter After 78 Years: Workhorse Group Inc 
Will Unveil SureFly™ Concept at Paris Air Show June 19


Designed with safety first in mind, SureFly will be easy to pilot


Test flights to begin this year


Workhorse Group Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS), an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the electric transportation sector, today announced it will unveil its SureFly™ helicopter concept at the Paris Air Show on June 19.


“The helicopter has been around for 78 years and is finally being reinvented,” said Stephen Burns, CEO of Workhorse. “We’re excited to unveil the SureFly on the world stage as we believe it represents a major step forward for the global aviation industry. We’ve designed SureFly by leveraging our expertise in battery-electric powered mobility, controls and gas generators to accelerate the speed to market in this sector.”


The goal of SureFly is to be safer and more stable than a typical helicopter due to its redundant design which includes four propeller arms, two fixed contra-rotating propellers on each arm, a backup battery to drive the electric motors in the event of engine failure and a ballistic parachute that safely brings down the craft if needed.


SureFly’s hybrid design leverages Workhorse’s platform battery packaging, management systems and controls utilized in its currently commercialized medium-duty, range-extended battery electric vehicles. It features a gas combustion engine generating electricity and a parallel battery pack offering a redundant backup power source, eliminates the need for long battery charging periods between flights. SureFly is designed to be easy to operate, and is expected to be capable of carrying two passengers up to 70 miles. After a quick refill, SureFly is ready for the next hop.


Early models will be pilot-operated.  The goal is to introduce future models featuring autonomous flight capable of carrying payloads of up to 400 pounds. Anticipated markets for the SureFly are precision agriculture, emergency responders, city commuters and military.


Workhorse plans to begin test flights this year and intends to achieve Federal Aviation Administration certification in late 2019.



About Workhorse Group Inc.

Workhorse is a technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the commercial transportation sector. As an American original equipment manufacturer, we design and build high performance battery-electric vehicles including trucks and aircraft. We also develop cloud-based, real-time telematics performance monitoring systems that are fully integrated with our vehicles and enable fleet operators to optimize energy and route efficiency. All Workhorse vehicles are designed to make the movement of people and goods more efficient and less harmful to the environment. For additional information



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Lone Star Museum Grand Opening 

Lone Star Flight Museum Cleared for

Grand Opening Labor Day Weekend

World class facility at Ellington Airport will feature STEM education programs, the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, flight collections and experiences, a grand opening celebration, and more


The Lone Star Flight Museum (LSFM) will open the doors of its new $38 million, 130,000-square-foot aviation history and STEM facility, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. Breaking ground almost a year and a half ago at Ellington Airport, the world-class facility will share the story of flight in the Lone Star State and feature the contributions Texans and Texas have made to aviation. Highlights of the museum include interactive exhibits focused on science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM) essential to flight, a $1 million Aviation Learning Center, the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, and a marvelous flying collection of historically significant aircraft.

To celebrate its grand opening, the Lone Star Flight Museum will conduct a ribbon ceremony on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 at 11 a.m. The museum will open to the public on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 from 9 a.m.  – 5 p.m. with fun family activities, including entertainment and food trucks, and free admission for children 11 and under. Grand Opening Weekend festivities will conclude on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 at 5 p.m.



The Lone Star Flight Museum will combine a comprehensive education program with an immersive aviation experience. With a focus on teaching history through science, and science through history, LSFM will promote a lifelong learning of STEM concepts. Dynamic programming and interactive experiences include the Aviation Learning Center and classes. All classes are aligned with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards.

The $1 million Aviation Learning Center (ALC), the second of its kind in the U.S., immerses visitors in the energy and excitement of flight through a hands-on learning experience. Designed for students in grades 5-12, participants get a taste of aviation training, preflight a Mooney aircraft, and pilot a simulated flight.

The Lone Star Flight museum is an ideal destination for school field trips with the ability to customize itineraries for students K-12. Students can experience 26 hands-on interactives as part of their school field trip experience.

The Flight Academy introduces visitors to the foundations of flight and aircraft design with hands-on exhibits, including three replica cockpits, two hang glider simulators, and a theatre featuring a film about the principles and history of flight development.

The Texas Aviation Heritage Gallery is a chronological walk through the history of aviation in Texas. Dive deeper into the story of flight in the Lone Star State through rich graphic panels and touch-screen interactives to learn more about military training, civilian aviators, commercial endeavors, aviation manufacturing, and the ways that Texas continues to influence the world of flight.

Established in 1995 at the Museum’s Galveston location, the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, honors the men and women who have shaped the aviation world. Among the 71 Hall of Fame Inductees are: President George H.W. Bush (Honorary Chair of the Museum’s Capital Campaign), Bessie Coleman, and Howard Hughes; WWII aviators Senator Lloyd Bentsen, John F. Bookout, Jr., Tex Hill, Ben Love, Tom Landry, the Doolittle Raiders, Tuskegee Airmen, and the Women Airforce Service Pilots; astronauts Alan Bean and Gene Cernan; and airline greats Herb Kelleher and Gordon Bethune. The newest group of Hall of Fame Inductees were honored at the Museum’s annual gala and Induction Ceremony on May 20, 2017 and include:President George W. Bush, Major General Benjamin D. Foulois, Albert W. “Al” Mooney, and the 111th Aero Squadron.


The Aircraft Collection is housed in two 30,000-square-foot hangars and features more than 20 beautifully restored, historic aircraft, including: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, North American B-25 Mitchell, Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, Chance Vought F4U Corsair, Douglas SBD Dauntless, and Douglas DC-3.



LSFM features a historic warbird aircraft collection that still flies! Visitors may purchase flights in the B-17, B-25, T-6, Sterman, P-19, and T-41 aircraft. The new museum offers an array of unique spaces ideal for weddings, conferences, meetings, reunions, and private events of all kind. Available spaces include classrooms, meeting space, hangars, and an executive boardroom that can accommodate anything from an intimate event to a grand gala.

The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and is closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Ticket pricing and membership information can be found at


About The Lone Star Flight Museum

Located in Galveston, Texas since 1990, the Lone Star Flight Museum is a nonprofit educational museum. In addition to housing an award-winning collection of historically significant aircraft, the museum is also home to the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame. After Hurricane Ike did significant damage in 2008, a decision was made to move the museum inland and expand its reach and educational mission. An initial $25 million Phase I capital campaign to build a new facility at Ellington Airport was completed in 2015. That success led to a further expansion of the facility and mission of the museum. A Phase II campaign is currently underway to fund that expanded effort. For more information about the Lone Star Flight Museum or the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, to schedule your flight, or to make a donation, please visit


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