Meanwhile, 2005 Winner Enjoys His Thunderbirds-Inspired
announced this week they will again exhibit at the Lakeland
Fly-In this April. AeroGraphics Design will be in space
SW-007 in the South Exhibit area, near Wittman pond and the exhibit
buildings -- the same location the company exhibited at in
"We will again be providing daily demonstrations of various
techniques such as vinyl-applique and spray mask use at our exhibit
space, and I am scheduled to give several educational forums." said
AeroGraphics president John L. Knolla.
The forum presentations
will provide technical information about paint and graphic scheme
design and the installation\use of vinyl graphics and spray masks,
as well as time for questions and answers.
The forum schedule is listed as follows:
- Installation of Vinyl Graphics\Spray Masks. Tuesday,
April 4, Tent 1 1:00PM
- Paint Scheme and Graphics Design. Wednesday, April 5,
Tent 1 12:00PM
- Installation of Vinyl Graphics\Spray Masks. Saturday,
April 8, Tent 1 12:00PM
- Paint Scheme and Graphics Design. Sunday, April 9, Tent
Also as part of its plans, AeroGraphics Design will once
again raffle off a complete graphics package, with the winner to be
announced at the end of the show. That winner will be able to
select from either a growing selection of "off-the-shelf" graphics
packages, or choose to have a complete custom graphics package
designed specifically for their aircraft -- in applique or paint
mask format, up to an $1800 value (not including installation).
Perhaps best of all,
there's no hurry should the winner wish to take their time in
selecting a graphics package -- or, should they want to apply the
graphics to an airplane they may not have just yet. The winner can
take up to 18 months to pick colors and take delivery, according to
Speaking of sweepstakes winners, Knolla also told Aero-News his
company recently completed the 2005 sweepstakes winner's
aircraft, a Glastar belonging to Herman Leong of
Henderson, NV. The previously all-white Glastar is now
bedecked in a graphics design that pays homage to the Air Force
"We are very pleased to present this package to Herman and trust
it will provide him with years of enjoyment on his well built
Glastar," said Knolla, adding he worked with Leong via e-mail and
telephone through several patriotic design iterations until Leong
eventually settled on the Thunderbird scheme.
Leong also took advantage of the relaxed time requirement,
opting to have the graphics package installed after he completed
his new hangar at Cal-Nev-Ari/Kidwell Airport.
"It looks great!" Leong said during the installation, which
Knolla and installer Lupe Sandoval completed onsite at Leong's
hangar. The graphics package on Leong's aircraft (photos above and
below) is valued at approximately $1600.
"We really enjoyed using nearly all of our "bag-of-tricks" on
this package, such as computer cut vinyl for the N Numbers, Service
Markings and Stars and Bars, digital prints for the Thunderbird
logos, and even hand-cutting and trimming on the aircraft -- which
is an art in itself," Knolla said.
It took about 11 hours for Knolla and Sandoval to complete the
graphics installation, spanning one and a half days to