No. 9903. Stephens Akro Laser Z-200 (N10LM c/n 001)
Photographed by Bob Banka

Stephens Akro Laser Z-200

06/30/2010. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "This aircraft was built by Ray R. Edminston as a Stephens Akro, reportedly for the late Lee Manelski, an aerobatics pioneer. Registered N10LM, it received its CofA on September 28, 1983. Subsequently it was fitted with Laser Z-200 wings with symmetrical airfoil, designed and constructed by Zdeněk Stejskal.

(Zdeněk Stejskal, who modified nine Akro's with Laser Z-200 wings, has been holding the the rights for the Laser Z-200, Z-230 and Z-250 for a number of years, till 2003, when these rights were sold to Devin and Ed York of York Enterprises of Southampton, Ontario, Canada, who still are producing Lasers variants.)

Lee Manelski was killed in a much publicized collision at Santa Paula Airport, California, on February 13, 1991. During a routine takeoff, the Pitts S-2A Special (N31512 c/n 2154) Manelski was flying, collided mid-air with a Bell 206B JetRanger III (N2282T c/n 3634) crossing the runway.

Manelski, age 46, and his student, David Tomlinson, age 18, were killed instantly, the three occupants of the JetRanger, including actor Kirk Douglas and cartoon voice Noel Blanc, were injured.

Manelski's Akro was subsequently sold and is presently registered to Dan Pichelman of Burnsville, Minnesota."

Created June 30, 2010