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Blue Yonder Aviation

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Industry  Aerospace
Website  www.ezflyer.com
Number of employees  3 (2005)
Founder  Wayne Winters
Headquarters  Indus, Alberta
Type of business  Private company
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Key people  President: Wayne Winters
Products  Kit plane manufacturing

Blue Yonder Aviation is a Canadian aircraft manufacturer, specializing in kit aircraft for the North American amateur-built aircraft and ultralight markets.

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The company website seems to have been taken down in late 2016 and the company may have gone out of business.

Origins

The company was originally formed by Wayne Winters in 1986 as a flying school teaching students on a single Spectrum Beaver RX550 at Indus/Winters Aire Park south of Calgary, Alberta.

The airport had originally been purchased in 1914 by Miltor L. Winters from the Canadian Pacific Railway for Cdn$24 per acre. In 1946 upon returning home from the Second World War Ralph C. Winters purchased the land from the older Winters. In 1970 he graded the first runway on the property. Ralph Winters son, Wayne Winters assumed operation of the airport when his father retired. The airport is home to a large community of pilots and aircraft, including a large number of ultralights.

Present history

In 1996, Blue Yonder purchased the rights to the Merlin from Merlin Aircraft and started manufacturing the aircraft in a converted pig barn on the property. Winters designed the open-cockpit EZ Flyer in 1991 and the Twin Engine EZ Flyer in 1999. The EZ Flyer proved successful and 30 have been completed alongside approximately 50 Merlins. Blue Yonder constructs kits or completed aircraft on a made-to-order basis. For several years US manufacturer Comp Air marketed Blue Yonder-produced Merlin kits in the USA under the name "Aero Comp Merlin", although this arrangement is no longer in effect.

In 2011 Winters completed work on a single seat, twin-engined design with an inverted V-tail, inspired by the Ultraflight Lazair. The new aircraft is marketed as the Blue Yonder EZ Fun Flyer.

Merlin Manufacturers

Blue Yonder is the fourth manufacturer of the Merlin design. Companies who have built the Merlin were:

References

Blue Yonder Aviation Wikipedia


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