...Renaissance Looks At California Site

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Renaissance may be out of Cape Girardeau but it may not be out of the airplane business. When AVweb last talked to company President John Dearden in April, he was scouting sites. He may have found one in Tulare County, in California's Central Valley. According to the Central Valley Business Times, Renaissance wants to lease a county-owned hangar at Sequoia Field for the factory. Dearden's company has the type certificate and all the tooling needed to start building the planes again, both hard-won in a court battle that ended two years ago. The Luscombe Dearden plans to build may look like the original but it will have some upgrades, including a more powerful engine (150 hp vs. the original 85) and modern avionics. The bigger engine gives the plane a maximum speed of 150 mph and Renaissance is hoping to increase the certified gross weight from 1,400 pounds to 1,750 pounds.