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Steve Ahrens
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  • LYNDOCH South Australia
  • Australia

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Aileron hinge mount movement
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After a little help please.I have been having a close inspection of my aileron hinges and mounting, and noticed the centre hinge mount to the wing is firm and solid, but the 2 outer mounts to the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Gelston Mar 3.

8081 (N37733) in her new home
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I finally got my new bird home yesterday, June 6th, which is the anniversary of it’s first flight in 1941. I had to have a borrowed right mag fitted to complete the journey while I wait for the Slick…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Jun 16, 2021.

Serial Numbers
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Hi All,Hopping some of you learned Porterfield experts can help.  I’m intrigued with the serial number of my Collegiate. Reading the history on the main page it appears that a total of 640…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Gelston Aug 19, 2021.

 

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May 23
Steve Ahrens replied to Jerry Deanda's discussion CP65 Pilot Manual?
"Thanks for sharing Allen! Where did you find these?"
May 3
Andy Gelston commented on Steve Ahrens's video
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My First Annual Service On The Porterfield

"Thank you, Steve!  She's lovely."
Mar 31
Steve Ahrens posted a video
Mar 24
Andy Gelston replied to Steve Ahrens's discussion Aileron hinge mount movement
"An easy fix? That's not supposed to happen with aircraft!  The wood probably shrunk over the years, so I'm glad you were able to tighten up the bolts and be done with it, other than a bit of fabric patching. Cheers!"
Mar 3
Steve Ahrens replied to Steve Ahrens's discussion Aileron hinge mount movement
"Thank you for the reply Andy. I’ve been back out to the plane to investigate further. All the timber appears to be in very good condition, so I tightened the hinge attaching bolts through the small inspection holes at the rear of the…"
Mar 2
Andy Gelston replied to Steve Ahrens's discussion Aileron hinge mount movement
"Nope!  The plywood pieces that the hinges attach to can break free as the old resorcinol (the ONLY wood glue that is legal to use on certificated aircraft, and fortunately, the best wood glue available, next to TiteBond 3) glue has become…"
Feb 28
Steve Ahrens posted a discussion

Aileron hinge mount movement

After a little help please.I have been having a close inspection of my aileron hinges and mounting, and noticed the centre hinge mount to the wing is firm and solid, but the 2 outer mounts to the wing have movement up and down.Is this normal?  See More
Feb 25
Steve Ahrens commented on Steve Ahrens's video
Aug 31, 2021
Steve Ahrens replied to Carl Gingras's discussion N32428 is Flying Again
"Awesome Carl! She looks sensational!…. I’ve recently transitioned to tailwheel in my Porterfield and loving it! Enjoy!"
Aug 31, 2021
Mark commented on Steve Ahrens's video
Aug 30, 2021
Andy Gelston replied to Steve Ahrens's discussion Serial Numbers
"S/N 875 first flew 13 Jan 1941. The assembly line was smoking in early ‘41!"
Aug 19, 2021
Andy Gelston replied to Steve Ahrens's discussion Fitting the Slick K4334 conversion kit, I had to add a small blister in the top coul to make clearance for number 4 spark plug.
"Welcome to flying behind a Porterfield gas gauge! You can make a new one with 1/16” welding rod and two or three wine corks with a diameter that will just slide through the opening in the top of the tank. You’ll want to seal the cork…"
Aug 19, 2021
Steve Ahrens replied to Steve Ahrens's discussion Serial Numbers
"How interesting Allen! My CP65 first flew on 6th of June 1941 and registered N37733. Do you have a photo of your machine?"
Aug 19, 2021
Allen Self replied to Steve Ahrens's discussion Serial Numbers
"I have 41 cp 65 37714 serial  943 built May 27"
Aug 18, 2021
Steve Ahrens posted a video

My first solo landing in the Porterfield

My first solo landing in my 1941 Porterfield Collegiate LP65.
Aug 15, 2021

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About Me:
I live in the wine growing area of the Barossa Valley in South Australia, and operated a Piper Archer from a private strip close to home for the past 30 years. Purchasing the Porterfield is a new adventure for me, having to learn to fly a tail dragger after so many years of tricycle.q
Do you own a Porterfield Airplane?
I have recently purchased a Collegiate LP65 here in Australia.
Are You a Pilot?
Yes

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At 8:04am on May 10, 2021, Andy Gelston said…
The Collegiate is a great tailwheel trainer. She was the favorite among most CPTP cadets.
At 3:21pm on May 4, 2021, Tom Porterfield said…

Steve,

I don't know much about your Porterfield. Donald Bishop owned it from Bowie, Texas, about 75 miles NW of Dallas. I'd talked to him some and he told me it was heading to Australia.

I hope you don't have to wait too long for the Slick magnetos. Good Luck.

Here's a picture of N37733 and Donald in Texas 2009

At 1:27pm on May 3, 2021, Tom Porterfield said…

Welcome to the Porterfield Airplane Club Steve.

It's cool to see that Porterfield again. I believe it is the same one that went to Australia a few years back from here in Texas. Good luck on your transition to tail wheel flying. 

At 8:27am on May 3, 2021, Andy Gelston said…

Welcome to our wee club for the skinny birds, Steve!  You’ll find a lot of information on the Collegiate, scattered about the website.  Once you get acclimated to the claustrophobic feeling of having the instrument panel a foot away from your face, she’s a real sweet plane.

Soft landings, Andy

 
 
 

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