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DC-8-63 freighter N869BX, soon to be operated by Heavy Lift out of Dubai, is going through the final stages of a "C" check, an STC'd cargo door and floor modification, and various avionics upgrades being performed by Commercial Jet in Miami (MIA). 

Wing It Aviation Consulting provided the crew that flew this aircraft from the Pinal Air Park airport in Marana, Arizona, where the aircraft had been in storage since 1999, to Miami, where the project was undertaken. 



Throughout the "C" check, modification and and upgrading process, Wing It Aviation Consulting, Inc., has maintained project oversight for the aircraft owners in Kansas City, Missouri.

Although the aircraft shall be operated by Heavy Lift, it is for sale with Wing It Aviation Consulting, Inc. being an agent for the owners.

Aviation pioneer, Sir Freddie Laker passed away on February 9, 2006, and we shall all miss his wit and humor.  In December 2001, his most recent airline, Laker Airways (Bahamas) Limited obtained both its Bahamian Air Operator Certificate and US FAA 129 Air Carrier Certificate and Operations Specifications through the efforts of Wing It Aviation Consulting, Inc.  Among several tasks performed for Laker, Wing It Aviation Consulting wrote and produced the entire manual library for Laker Airways, and maintained a "hands-on" working relationship with the company throughout its existence as a passenger carrier.

Pictured here is one of the two B-727-223 aircraft operated by Laker and formally owned by American Airlines.

Laker's loyalty to Grand Bahama Island and his refusal to enter the Nassau market led to the demise of Laker Airways after Grand Bahama island was decimated by Hurricane Wilma, on October 24, 2005.


After the storm, Wing It Aviation Consulting, Inc. tried - to no avail - to change the mind of Sir Freddie, and perhaps save the airline by offering a substantial market share of the Miami - Cuba charter business through one of Wing It's clients, Cuba Travel Service, since in preceding years, Wing It had arranged for Laker to provide lift for Cuba Travel Service, and the B-727-223 aircraft operated by Laker had proven themselves to be ideal for that market.

Sir Freddie simply did not want to abandon Grand Bahama Island, where he and his wife maintained their primary residence - a beachfront home with a sheltered dock for his favorite yacht.


The president of Wing It Aviation Consulting, Inc. personally flies on occasion one of the best known and respected power brokers in the world, Mr. Donald Trump.

This B-727-100 series aircraft is finely appointed both inside and out, and is one of the cleanest and most well maintained aircraft in the fleet.

The aircraft is shown here on the Supermarine ramp at the Stewart International Airport (KSWF), in New Windsor, New York, on October 29, 2005, during filming for Mr. Trump's hit series "The Apprentice."



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