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A New (Sport Pilot) Airplane Factory...

To balance the all-too-common overload of gloom and doom in the news, today we have a roundup of positive new things happening in the aviation world. For starters, Shiloh Airport, a pretty little field in Rockingham County, N.C. (which describes itself as "a pilots' airport run by pilots") is about to become the home of Opus Aircraft, a brand-new factory for building Light Sport Aircraft. Partners Frank Auman Jr. and Tony Dawson, local businessmen with aviation interests, plan to build the ARV Super 2, a British design first developed in the 1980s, the Triad Area Business Journal reported over the weekend. They'll hire 10 to 20 workers and build up to 50 airplanes a year to start, the Business Journal said. The airplanes are expected to sell for $50,000 to $70,000. The partners said they expect to begin production by early next year. The airport is in the midst of a five-year, $5 million renovation, during which a new terminal and hangars will be built, and new lights and nav equipment will be installed. If Opus succeeds in its plan, and brings forth 50 new Light Sport Aircraft that are safe and functional and sell like hotcakes, we think that would qualify as a positive new thing for aviation.