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N34711, s/n 877, ‘41 FP-65
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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…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Morgan Walker Apr 23.

LP-65 on TradeAPlane
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Steve Weaver, in Phillipa, WV has dropped his asking price $10K, to $<20K, which is pretty reasonable, as she appears to be in lovely shape. She’s been listed on TAP for many years now, it will be…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Gelston Feb 20.

Oshkosh bound???
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I thought it might be prudent to perform an annual inspection on 41VermonT yesterday, before heading west to the big EAA convention.  Weather forecasts said we could make it in one day, today only,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Gelston Aug 7, 2018.

Another member's project on Barnstormers...

I see on Barnstormers.com that member Karl Engelskirger is selling his 1930's race plane, "Mike."  Does this mean he'll soon be starting the restoration of his 35-70?Continue

Started Apr 17, 2018

 

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Andy Gelston left a comment for Eric Porterfield
"Welcome to our wee club for the skinny birds, Eric!  I think you’re the third Porterfield in the club.  I suppose you’re all related, if you go back far enough.   Have you ever sat in a Collegiate?  If you’re…"
May 11
Morgan Walker replied to Andy Gelston's discussion N34711, s/n 877, ‘41 FP-65
"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"
Apr 23
Andy Gelston commented on Matt Haines's video
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Porterfield CP-65 - Pattern Work

"Thanks, Matt!  She sure lands nice on the turf, tires last a lot longer, too..."
Apr 22
Andy Gelston replied to Andy Gelston's discussion N34711, s/n 877, ‘41 FP-65
"Oh, our newest member, Ken 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…"
Apr 22
Morgan Walker replied to Andy Gelston's discussion N34711, s/n 877, ‘41 FP-65
"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…"
Apr 22
Bill replied to Andy Gelston's discussion N34711, s/n 877, ‘41 FP-65
"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…"
Apr 21
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Apr 19
kevin feauto left a comment for Andy Gelston
"Thank you for the add Andy. I have recently acquired NC37716 which suffered a nose over accident. Last week I returned from Aberdeen SD where it was to St. Could Fl , where I now live. I have approx 650 hrs in my old aircraft Nc25563 ser # 641. I…"
Apr 18
Andy Gelston left a comment for kevin feauto
"Welcome to our wee club for the skinny birds, Kevin!  Are you thinking about getting another Porterfield?  There are a few flyable and even more projects out there. Soft landings, Andy"
Apr 17
Andy Gelston commented on john elliott's blog post Need fuselage drawing for LP/CP65
"In the mid-50’s, Angelo Forte replaced my old girl’s Franklin 65 with a Franklin 90, using the accessory case from the 65 so it would be lighter (no starter & generator) and fit the same engine mount. The only mod required was to…"
Mar 26
Andy Gelston replied to Perry M Chappano's discussion Continental Engine Mounts
"Perry:  Where did you get your parts for your O-145 rebuild that you performed a few years ago?  John here was looking for parts sources, in case he stays with his Lycoming.  Thanks Andy"
Mar 11
Andy Gelston commented on john elliott's blog post New Member looking for Lycoming 145 Parts
"Our member, Perry Chappano, rebuilt an O-145 a couple years ago and may be able to provide you with a source that’s still in business.  You got yer eyes on, Perry??? Andy"
Mar 6
Andy Gelston left a comment for Jeff Jamouneau
"Hi Jeff! Have you checked with Brad Taylor at the Antique Aircraft Assn’s Airpower Museum in Ottumwa, Iowa?  They have a rather extensive archive of documents relating to antique aircraft and take very good care of them.…"
Mar 6
Andy Gelston replied to Bill's discussion Panel Question
"Would you prefer to have the factory drawing?"
Feb 27
Matt Haines left a comment for Andy Gelston
"Hi Andy, I just purchased one of these gals out of Sonoma Valley airport #816.  I haven't brought it back to Oregon just yet but I plan on visiting this site frequently and keeping up with you guys.  I will certainly share the fun…"
Feb 24
Andy Gelston left a comment for Matt Haines
"Welcome to our wee club for the skinny birds, Matt.  Which old girl are you caring for? We’d love to read about any adventures you’ve had with her and things you’ve learned, just to inspire the rest of us to get our old gals…"
Feb 24

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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 — 1 Comment

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 4:34pm on April 18, 2019, kevin feauto said…

Thank you for the add Andy. I have recently acquired NC37716 which suffered a nose over accident. Last week I returned from Aberdeen SD where it was to St. Could Fl , where I now live. I have approx 650 hrs in my old aircraft Nc25563 ser # 641. I sold it years ago for the equity I needed for a bigger plane for a growing family. I have always have fond memories for my old airplane. I bought 255623 as a rolled over basket case , built it and learned to fly in her. I now have her sister!. NC37716 left the factory as a land or sea plane. It has EXTENSIVE documentation. I Spoke with a prior owner , James Gooding, last evening and he is ecstatic she will fly again. Ill keep you all updated on her progress as i intend to commence work on her in late summer. In the mean time, I need a copy of the fuselage drawings so I may facilitate repair of some broken and or kinked structure. Can anyone help me out? ALSO. I have LOTS of rubber biscuit shock absorbers should anyone need any. Feel free to contact me at clearprop75r@hotmail.com. 

At 10:23pm on February 24, 2019, Matt Haines said…

Hi Andy, I just purchased one of these gals out of Sonoma Valley airport #816.  I haven't brought it back to Oregon just yet but I plan on visiting this site frequently and keeping up with you guys.  I will certainly share the fun stuff when it comes along! Thanks for keeping this up.

At 4:53pm on February 21, 2019, Marian Madalin said…

Thank you for your encouraging thoughts , Andy. Unfortunately, I am just a nonprofit who wants to open a free and public museum in my country. So I'm not looking for something to buy, I'm looking for a donation/sponsorship of an old frame. 

At 1:33pm on January 12, 2019, Mike Dirksen said…

Hello Andy. I joined to learn about the Porterfield. Have never owned one. After 20 years in single engine GA aircraft, I started flying ultralights. I built my last ship, a single place SkyRaider (Kitfox spin off) that weighed 364 lbs. The Porterfield office looks huge to me. My Porterfield interest was kick started by the possible availability of N32362 here in Sonoma. I want to learn about the advisability of Porterfield operation at my home airport before making contact with the owner.

At 7:41pm on December 4, 2018, Chris Porter said…

That'd be a twofer. Never flown a Porterfield. Never flown off of skis! That would be super fun! If I have an open weekend (with a 5 month old baby, those are tough to find!) I'll let you know! Thanks very much for the invite. 

At 1:32pm on December 4, 2018, Chris Porter said…

Thanks Andy! Lucky for me I'm under 180 and just a hair under 6 feet tall. Maybe I'll get up to see 41VermonT one of these days. 

At 11:08am on July 13, 2018, Eric Kaufmann said…

Sounds great - I will stop by sometime in the next few days.  I have a friend visiting who has flown Werner Griesbeck's bird in BC.  So he can show me which is the front and which is the back.

At 2:54pm on July 12, 2018, Eric Kaufmann said…

"Andy - my apologies for a tardy (understated) response . But I am still interested in trying 41 VT on for size - any chance a day next week would work?""Andy - my apologies for a tardy (understated) response . But I am still interested in trying 41 VT on for size - any chance a day next week would work?"

At 11:04am on May 10, 2018, Charles D. Byram said…

Hi Andy and all! Thank you for adding me to the club.  I don't have any brochures, paperwork or etc. from Uncle Parker's days as a Porterfield dealer myself. I will check with my cousin Mary Ann to see if she might have something she could share. I got into the kid raising business years back and have not done any flying by myself since. I attend and volunteer at airshows and have been fortunate to ride in some antiques and warbirds but never a Porterfield.

At 7:54pm on March 25, 2018, Wade Laney Eakle said…

Thanks Andy, there's a 1940 CP-65 for sale there that I just had a pre-purchase inspection completed on, resulting in a thumbs-up. Still waiting to hear from the airport owner if there's hanger space available. 

 
 
 

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