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Who ended up with Ken Fryling’s Collegiate? Ken flew west about 4 years ago and I see from the FAA registration it changed hands just over a year ago.  Anybody see or hear anything about this old gal’s whereabouts?  She was in Michigan...lacking her engine and mount, in 2015.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Andy,

A note at the top of the information said the plane had been "Deregistered".  This was dated 6 / 14 

so that has been almost 5 years ago.  The plane may be sitting in a hanger (barn) or may have been junked.  Be interesting if the frame is still around for someone to "re-do"  Possibly a contact to the Muskegem (sp?) county airport

 might yield some information.  As a side note there is an ad for an airframe in South Dakota for $ 2500 on Barnstormers.

Bill

That airframe in SD is N33716. It flipped over on a lake while some adventurous aviator was apparently attempting touch & go's on the snow. The wheels dug in and over she went. It looked like an absolute mess in the pics I saw. I was going to inquire about it until I stumbled across the accident report. 

Morgan


Bill said:

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Andy,

A note at the top of the information said the plane had been "Deregistered".  This was dated 6 / 14 

so that has been almost 5 years ago.  The plane may be sitting in a hanger (barn) or may have been junked.  Be interesting if the frame is still around for someone to "re-do"  Possibly a contact to the Muskegem (sp?) county airport

 might yield some information.  As a side note there is an ad for an airframe in South Dakota for $ 2500 on Barnstormers.

Bill

Oh, our newest member, Kevin Feauto, bought poor, mangled N33716 and hauled her home to Florida.  He rebuilt a Collegiate decades ago, so is looking forward to getting the only factory seaplane back in the air.  Thank you, Morgan, for sharing with us what happened to her.  She was a nice, straight, original airframe, but is not now.

One of our members was interested in buying N34711 from Ken Fryling’s estate in Michigan a few years back, but discovered he was a tad too big to comfortably fit in her diminutive cockpit, so didn’t buy her...that’s why I asked if anyone knew whatever became of her.

The reg. should be 37716 not 33716 (my typo). Nice to see it is going to be rebuilt. All the success to your project Ken. 

34711 will hopefully surface at some point.

Morgan

I've got S/N 877.  I haven't renewed the registration, I should probably do that to keep the N number from getting away.  I'm not sure what I am going to do with it.  I have contemplated a restoration, that will be a huge undertaking though.  Here is her current state.  

Yep, she’s a basket case alright!  You should be able to get her back in the air in less than 1000 hours of work, though.  I recommend using Oratex 600 to cover her with, so you won’t have to deal with spraying any finishes and waiting for good painting weather.  Thank you for updating us on her status, Matthew!  Drawings are available, if you need any.

We will see.  There will be a fair amount of fabrication involved.  Not sure I have the time for it.  I may be willing to sell to the right person, someone with the time and passion to bring her back from the dead.  



Andy Gelston said:

Yep, she’s a basket case alright!  You should be able to get her back in the air in less than 1000 hours of work, though.  I recommend using Oratex 600 to cover her with, so you won’t have to deal with spraying any finishes and waiting for good painting weather.  Thank you for updating us on her status, Matthew!  Drawings are available, if you need any.

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