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N336N Avid Aircraft Avid Magnum c/n 120M - Flugplatz Leer-Papenburg in Germany - 12 August 2021 Flugplatz Leer-Papenburg (EDWF)

The Avid Aircraft Avid Magnum is a two-seat ultralight aeroplane with a fixed tricycle undercarriage. In 1983, Dean Wilson developed the Avid Flyer, a lightweight aircraft with Cuyana engine and tricycle landing gears. It was an instant success at Oshkosh in 1983 and won the "Best New Design" award. Avid Aircraft Inc., Caldwell, Idaho, and later Montana, USA, produced the homebuilt kits of the Avid aircrafts, with the most famous model being the Mark IV. The Mark IV was offered as a folding wing kit-plane; the composition of the building package was tuned on the customer wishes. The customer could choose the engine, tri-gear or tail wheel, wing, like the S.T.O.L.-wing, etc. In 2001, the Avid Aircraft Avid Magnum was introduced as a further development of the Mk.IV.
The original company, Avid Aircraft Inc of Caldwell, Idaho, produced a full line of high-wing light aircraft kits before going bankrupt in 1998. Acquired by Jim Tomash, the company was moved to Ennis, Montana. Production of kits was re-established in the new facility. The factory also served as a customer build centre where customers who purchased Avid kits could complete their aircraft. In November 2003, the Avid Aircraft closed again. Parallel to the restart of Avid Aircraft, production of the Avid Flyer aircraft ran at Airdale, Wisconsin: after Avid Aircraft initially went out of business in 1998, Airdale Sportplane and Supply was formed in 1999. Airdale initially started making parts for Avid designs and later put the two-seat Avid Mk IV back into production. At one time the company also produced the Avid Magnum as a kit aircraft.As of mid 2017 the company was no longer trading. In October 2017, Avid Aircraft was restarted under the name Avid Aircraft LLC in Unionville, Iowa.

The amateur-built Avid Aircraft Avid Magnum s/n 120M was built by Jerry D. Fanning Sr. and registered N336N in the USA with as A/W Date 24 January 2008. The aircraft is powered by a Lycoming O-320 engine. On 14 June 2021, the aircraft was registered with Sky West Aviation Inc. Trustee, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, as owner of the N336N. Sky West Aviation Inc. Trustee is an aircraft registration company specialised in providing Individual Trust Agreements to non-US citizens to enable them to legally register their aircraft on the American "N" register. In fact, the Avid Aircraft Avid Magnum N336N has a German owner and is operated in Germany.
On 12 August 2021, the 2007-built Avid Aircraft Avid Magnum N336N "Flip the grasshopper" was seen at Flugplatz Leer-Papenburg.

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