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Andy Gelston
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  • Grantham, NH
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A couple of Flyabouts at Pine Mountain Lake airport , Groveland Ca for sale

1936-1937 Porterfield Aircraft Both restored, wings removed for storage in hangar.5 cylinder  Le Blond engines, 90 hp, 200 hours TTceconite cover, redone ready to fly when wings attached, second one…Continue

Started Oct 17

Clint Murphy has his Collegiate up for sale (Barnstormers)

PORTERFIELD C65 • $31,000 • AVAILABLE FOR SALE OR TRADE • Regularly Flown, For Sale or Trade: "Skinny Bird"…Continue

Started Oct 7

Michigan CP-65 for sale $21.5K
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Our newest member has his Collegiate posted on Barnstormers. com:1941 Porterfield Collegiate CP-65. 2320 TT. 37 SMOH A-65 Continental. Superior cylinders. Slick mags. Beautiful nicely kept aircraft…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Gelston Nov 24.

Engine mount for FP-65

Fellow member Bob Hayden's still looking for a mount to buy, or borrow so he can reverse engineer it.  Here's his posting on Barnstormers.com: Looking to locate and buy a motor mount for a…Continue

Started Sep 3

 

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Andy Gelston left a comment for John T Fields
"Welcome to our wee club for the Skinny birds, John.  Ar you looking for a Collegiate, or do you prefer the round engine elegance of the Flyabouts?  Have you ever flown in or sat in a Porterfield? Their cockpits are rather small. If you are…"
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Andy Gelston replied to Andy Gelston's discussion Michigan CP-65 for sale $21.5K
"Latest repost: 1941 Porterfield Collegiate CP-65. 2320 TT. 37 SMOH A-65 Continental. Millennium cylinders. Slick mags. Beautiful nicely kept aircraft since total restoration in 1989. Poly fiber 102 and aerothane paint. Flying regularly. $21,500.…"
Nov 24
Andy Gelston commented on NaHeMeKa's blog post Porterfield Plans
"I can email you whatever drawings you need, provided I have them, including the rib drawing."
Nov 20
Andy Gelston left a comment for Tom Porterfield
"Hey Tom: I just deleted James Pollard for sending this to Steve Ahrens: At 7:49pm on November 9, 2022, JPollard said… Hi, I have something very vital to disclose to you,but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a…"
Nov 10
Andy Gelston left a comment for Steve Ahrens
"That's a pretty creepy PM, Steve. Tom Porterfield approved him before I could check him out with our other ORA members. I'll just delete him and be done with him. Thank you for bringing this to my attention! Andy"
Nov 10
Steve Ahrens left a comment for Andy Gelston
"Hi Andy, is new member James Pollard a hacker?"
Nov 10
Andy Gelston left a comment for NaHeMeKa
"Oh, you’ll get along very well here!"
Nov 7
NaHeMeKa left a comment for Andy Gelston
"Thanks, What'cha mean? Don't all engine heads have to be re-torqued every dozen hours? :)"
Nov 7
Andy Gelston left a comment for NaHeMeKa
"Welcome to our wee club for the skinny birds!  You’ll find lots of information in the forum, blogs, videos, and photos sections, even some ads for projects, if the LP-65 you’re looking at doesn’t happen. It seems you’re…"
Nov 7
Jim Beaumont left a comment for Andy Gelston
"Thanks, Andy, and thanks for letting me join!  I know very little about Porterfields and that tip about the Collegiate helps!"
Oct 21
Andy Gelston left a comment for Jim Beaumont
"Welcome to our wee club for the skinny birds, Jim! You’ll find lots of information in the Forum & Blogs, as well as videos and photos. There are several flyable Porterfields on the market now and many more projects. Collegiates are…"
Oct 21
Andy Gelston posted a discussion

A couple of Flyabouts at Pine Mountain Lake airport , Groveland Ca for sale

1936-1937 Porterfield Aircraft Both restored, wings removed for storage in hangar.5 cylinder  Le Blond engines, 90 hp, 200 hours TTceconite cover, redone ready to fly when wings attached, second one needs exhaust attached and front windshield installedall parts available,  all wings covered and painted ready to attach, new instruments and interior and windows.Located at Pine Mountain Lake airport , Groveland Ca. (530)570-1018$45,000.00Bill Skinner found this posted on Facebook and emailed it to…See More
Oct 17
Andy Gelston replied to Andy Gelston's discussion Michigan CP-65 for sale $21.5K
"$2K PRICE DROP! 1941 Porterfield Collegiate CP-65. 2320 TT. 37 SMOH A-65 Continental. Millennium cylinders. Slick mags. Beautiful nicely kept aircraft since total restoration in 1989. Poly fiber 102 and aerothane paint. Flying regularly. $21,500…"
Oct 15
Andy Gelston replied to Steve Ahrens's discussion My Porterfield Purchase Part 1
"I had no problem zooming in on the pages on my iPad, Steve. Well written! Andy"
Oct 10
Andy Gelston posted a discussion

Clint Murphy has his Collegiate up for sale (Barnstormers)

PORTERFIELD C65 • $31,000 • AVAILABLE FOR SALE OR TRADE • Regularly Flown, For Sale or Trade: "Skinny Bird" Porterfield CP-65, Serial No. 703. NC27206, Tach 379.65, Upgraded 75hp.Engine, Lots of History comes with it. New Sensenich Prop, Trainer.J3,Cub, Also For Sale or Trade: B6 Armored 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 11,400 miles.• Contact Clint…See More
Oct 7
Andy Gelston replied to Steve Ahrens's discussion My Skinny Bird made the front cover
"Well done, Steve! I can think of better reasons that the Collegiate is better than the Cub, other than being "something more unusual," but any press that will bring our old girls back in the public eye is fine by me! Maybe someone will buy…"
Oct 6

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Do you own a Porterfield Airplane?
NC41VT, 1941 FP-65, S/N 875 Has a Franklin 90 installed by Angelo Forte, under a one-time STC, in the mid-50's, and has had the seaplane conversion done to it (would that make it a FS-90?). I just need a cheap set of Edo 1320's now!
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NC41VT and I are now back home in Vermont! How we got here...

I'm sitting in KMHT, writing this while waiting for my flight which should be wheels up in about 10 hours.  I fly to Newark, then to Seattle, then to Great Falls, and should be wheels down at KHLN about midnight (about 31 hours from now).  Hey, I live in New England!  We can't get anywhere from here!  41VT is at Boulder (K3U9) Airport, about 25 miles south of Helena, MT.  I'll buy a used bike  Wednesday morning (I hope), and pedal on down to Boulder to start prepping myself and 41VT for our…

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Posted on October 14, 2013 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Ad for NC41VT, a FP-65 converted to a FS-90

DESCRIPTION: NC41VT is a 1941 FP-65, S/N 875, with an STC’d Franklin 90 installation, completed by Angelo Forte in the mid-50’s, turning a Flottorp wood prop.  She has fresh Polyfiber covering and finish with the factory red and silver color scheme (ball with 2 stripes on each side).  Medium weight fabric was used throughout, with heavy weight fabric used on the belly and lower surfaces of the horizontal stabilizers and elevators.  The instrument panel is the deluxe version, made to…

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Posted on July 23, 2013 at 9:30pm

Update on my '41 FP-65 project

After tinkering for over three years on my Collegiate, the novelty finally wore off for Pokey Gordon and he asked me to remove the old girl from his shop in Helena, MT.  Club member Tim Talen, who has a hangar in Boulder, MT, about 30 miles south of Helena, came to the rescue and arranged for a Boulder friend of his to rent a truck and haul the project to his hangar. 

Tim's is a master restorer who specializes in Interstate Aircraft.  I restored an Interstate Cadet back in the 80's…

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Posted on April 12, 2013 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Seen on Barnstormers: 1940 PORTERFIELD CP-65 for $25K

FOR SALE • 1940 PORTERFIELD CP-65 Collegiate $25,000 LSA Qualified. First Collegiate 499.9 SMOH. 5519.1 TT. Hangered since restoration in 1967. Flying Airplane. All logs Books available on PDF. Current annual good to 01/31/2014. Located at AJO. Corona municipal airport, CA USA. Telephone: Contact Eric 951-247-9541 • Contact…

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Posted on March 3, 2013 at 1:10pm — 1 Comment

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At 6:43am on November 10, 2022, Steve Ahrens said…

Hi Andy, is new member James Pollard a hacker?

At 3:08pm on November 7, 2022, NaHeMeKa said…

Thanks,

What'cha mean? Don't all engine heads have to be re-torqued every dozen hours? :)

At 7:50pm on October 21, 2022, Jim Beaumont said…

Thanks, Andy, and thanks for letting me join!

 I know very little about Porterfields and that tip about the Collegiate helps!

At 10:51am on July 5, 2022, Trevor Burns said…

I have a copy of a pilot manual and maintenance manual and that is it so any additional information you might have would be fantastic!

At 10:44am on July 5, 2022, Trevor Burns said…

Thanks a lot! Figured I would have to go that route, not a big deal but it’s always nice to find one on a shelf, one the the struts has some airworthy but ugly repairs which really takes away from the rest of the ground up restoration. 

At 10:22am on July 5, 2022, Trevor Burns said…

Also, is there anyone that might have a replacement front RH wing strut?

At 10:21am on July 5, 2022, Trevor Burns said…

 N27288 S/n 769 I got my A&P in Alaska.

At 8:49am on July 5, 2022, Trevor Burns said…

Thanks Andy,

No, I did not buy Roger’s airplane. I’m finishing the the paperwork for a ground up restoration on a 1940 LP65 that has been converted to a CP65. Not sure that it will make it to Oshkosh, but we shall see. Also, Has anyone put VG’s on a porterfield yet?

At 2:41pm on April 9, 2022, Kenneth Biro said…

Thank you Andy we'll sure do that. We have a 1946 Aeronca Champ for sale with an 0-200 conversion If you know anyone that might be interested. We should have the annual done sometime within the next couple of months.

At 12:55pm on March 15, 2022, Roy Reeves said…

I agree, but did not know the statistic that 1 hour in a glider is better than 10 in a plane.  One of the things that draws me to the Porterfield is the lack of avionics.  As I have said, I loved my Cirrus, it was a great traveling plane, but it is designed to be "managed" not flown.  

I will look for private runway with hanger, had not thought about that as an option - though I don't know where one is around here.  Time to buy a sectional and start making calls I guess.

 
 
 

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