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Patty Wagstaff and Engine Mounts: All About the Journey

( 07/11/2019 ) Written by: Anne Torgler

At LORD, we design our engine mounts with extreme loading conditions in mind. But the mounts are rarely put to the test as they are by aerobatic pilot Patty Wagstaff.

We are proud to sponsor Patty and the fact that her aircraft is fitted with Dynafocal® General Aviation Engine Mounts, which isolate engine vibrations and ensure her flights are smooth—even when experiencing the multiple 360-degree rotations common to vertical snap rolls or performing a lomcovak, a tumbling maneuver that requires the aircraft’s tail to rotate in front of the engine.

Patty only uses LORD mounts and trusts them completely. You can find out more about why she chooses Dynafocal mounts if you’re attending EAA AirVenture—an annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts held July 22-28 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin—where LORD will be at Booth #3080 in Hangar C. 

Why Dynafocal Mounts are Different

Vibration management in aircraft is difficult, but it is critical to the safety of an aircraft. Engine mounts are designed to not only distribute engine weight but absorb forces and vibration even when subject to G-forces. Positioned between the engine and the frame, mounts are sandwich assemblies made of natural rubber or specially-blended synthetic compounds bonded between two plates. Normal installation requires four assemblies, each consisting of two sandwich mountings and one spacer.

Dynafocal mounts are specified by most major OEMs and service shops. They’re installed in the most-produced general aviation aircraft models, including the Cessna 152, Cessna 172, Cessna 182, Piper PA-28 series and many more.

Most of the thousands of flights that rely every year on Dynafocal engine mounts  will be unnoteworthy--and that kind of routine dependability is just what we’re going for. However, for a glimpse of the true excitement going on “under the hood,” visit us at AirVenture Booth #3080 this July!

A Little About Patty

Patty was only 10 years old when her father, a captain for Japan Air Lines, let her take the controls of his DC-6. She went on to earn commercial, instrument, seaplane and helicopter ratings, and is a six-time member of the Olympic-level U.S. Aerobatic Team. The recipient of numerous awards — including being the first woman to achieve the title of U.S. National Aerobatic Champion — Patty was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2004 and the International Air and Space Hall of Fame at the San Diego Air and Space Museum in 2007. She is currently a full-time airshow pilot, consultant and aerobatic instructor, owning the Patty Wagstaff Aerobatic School.

With 34 years of experience, Patty knows the importance of reliable equipment. Aerobatic planes are specially designed to absorb extreme forces and Patty flies a composite-construction, German-built EXTRA 300S. The lightweight, single-seat monoplane has a climb rate of 4,000 feet per minute and a roll rate of 420 degrees per second. Patty has pointed out that it is the performance of her EXTRA, combined with the precise execution, harmony and rhythm of piloting, that make for an inspiring performance.

Patty will be demonstrating her aerobatic skills at the Oshkosh AirVenture on Wednesday, July 24, between 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. and again on Friday, July 26, between 2:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.


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