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EAAer Lights Up Urbana with Christmas Display

A daytime shot shows Rick Rademacher’s Kolb before the lights come on.

December 9, 2010 — Rick Rademacher, EAA 224249/VAA 27370, has been a pilot for more than 40 years. He is also the longtime proprietor of a computer store called The Hackerey in Urbana, Ohio, and this year he decided to combine business with pleasure when putting up his Christmas decorations.

People driving past the store at 538 Main St. can see the result: a Kolb draped with flashing LED Christmas lights, synced with an audio broadcast over the 98.7 FM frequency for passersby. “I had thought about doing this before with my Piper Cub,” Rademacher said, but he decided not to because he didn’t want to leave his airplane outside over the holidays.

Then he saw the aircraft for sale and decided to buy and decorate it for Christmas. Rademacher posted a short video (below) on Oshkosh365 with the message, “Another way to promote the love of aviation is by taking aircraft to the people. So, I purchased a 1984 Kolb to use as my Christmas display. Also plan to use it in parades this summer. Just having fun!”

The looping FM broadcast plays five different songs over the course of 15 minutes. Last Friday, the first day he had the display up and running, it drew a number of people to his store.

Rademacher has owned a number of airplanes over the years, including a Tri-Pacer, a ’59 Straight-tail 182, a Pietenpol, a Luscombe, and a 210 that he recently sold. He’s also got an Eipper MX  and is an active Young Eagles pilot with more than 400 kids flown.

One final thought Rademacher pondered: “Do you think the FAA will complain that I have too many lights?”

Christmas Lights to music on the Kolb from Rick Rademacher on Vimeo.


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