LAKE RENEGADE SETS FOUR WORLD
Sanford, Maine, U.S.A., November 2, 1989 – Four
world altitude records were set today by the 270 horsepower
Turbocharged Lake Renegade. In the first flight, Robert Mann,
Chief Pilot and Flight Test Engineer for Aerofab, Inc., the
manufacturer of the Lake Amphibians, flew a Turbo Lake Renegade
(Serial Number 1) to an altitude of 27,300 feet and thereby
shattered a 37 year old maximum altitude record for light seaplanes
(FAI Class C-2,b).
After achieving this new maximum altitude world
record, Mann leveled off at 27,100 feet to establish a new world
record for maximum altitude in horizontal flight.
In the second flight of the day, Robert Mann with
Aerofab, Inc. President Gordon Collins as copilot, flew a new
270 horsepower Turbocharged Lake Renegade (Serial Number 100)
to an altitude of 25,500 feet, smashing an 11-year-old record
for maximum altitude previously held by a Cessna 180. The pair
then leveled off at 25,500 feet and established a new world
record for maximum altitude in horizontal flight in another
seaplane category (FAI Class C-2,C).
The records were set at Bauneg Beg Lake near Sanford,
Maine and were validated by Peter Hatem, aviation attorney and
delegated observer for the National Aeronautic Association.
Textron Lycoming, of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, manufacturer
of the engine in the Turbocharged Renegade, provided technical
and logistical support.
Aerofab, Inc., President Gordon Collins, stated
that Aerofab and Lake Aircraft were not only extremely proud
to have established four additional world records for the Lake
Renegade, but also pleased that this year the achievements were
dedicated to Herbert P. Lindblad, the original founder of the
company and designer of the aircraft. For over 40 years, Lindblad
has been the guiding force behind the successful evolution of
a product that now holds eight world records for speed and altitude.
The current Lake Aircraft product line includes
the SEAFURY, a six-place 250 horsepower model, and the Turbocharged
SEAFURY, a 270 horsepower model. The product line also includes
the SEAWOLF, a special mission amphibian designed to meet the
various and complex requirements of government organizations.
And for the new millennium, a special offer of the 250 Renegade
Lake Aircraft has sales, service and training
facilities in Laconia, New Hampshire and Kissimmee, Florida