Lake On Auction Block At AirVenture

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Everything needed to start your own amphibious airplane company will go on the auction block at EAA AirVenture on July 27. Starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Vette Theatre, on the AirVenture grounds next to the museum, Higgenbotham Auctioneers International will sell the type certificate, STCs, tooling, fixtures, engineering data and inventory for the Lake Amphibian series of aircraft. And although they aren't strictly part of the package, the staff members who know how to make the company make airplanes have indicated they'd like to join the new owner "to ensure that they be able to operate immediately as a fully functional aircraft manufacturer," according to a Higgenbotham news release. The Lake line is now owned by Revo Inc., which had previously indicated it intended to resume production. Lake was started by Herb Linblad and Dave Thurston in 1948 and produced hundreds of Buccaneer and Renegade models with the trademark pylon-mounted engine.