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Steve Ahrens
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  • LYNDOCH South Australia
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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 5 hours ago.

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 May 20.

 

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Mark replied to Steve Ahrens's discussion 8081 (N37733) in her new home
"Hi Steve, the Bendix mags have only been on the engine about 75 hours. There hasn’t been any problems with them at all. I had to pull the engine back in early May and sent it to Georgia to get overhauled. They can’t call it an overhaul…"
5 hours ago
Steve Ahrens replied to Steve Ahrens's discussion 8081 (N37733) in her new home
"Thanks Mark! Currently the left mag is an Eiseman and the right mag is a borrowed Bendix, because the Eiseman packed up. I’m looking at the Slick conversion kit K4334, but trying to find a kit with mags that aren’t subjected to to a…"
19 hours ago
Mark replied to Steve Ahrens's discussion 8081 (N37733) in her new home
"That’s great! It’s nice she has a low wing hanger partner to keep her company. Did it still have the Eisemann mags? Our Continental did and they were problematic. Cliff at Aircraft Magneto Service informed us no one would  work on…"
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Tom Porterfield replied to Steve Ahrens's discussion 8081 (N37733) in her new home
"Congratulations Steve. It's looking good"
Jun 7
Steve Ahrens posted a discussion

8081 (N37733) in her new home

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 kit, but at least it’s home.See More
Jun 7
Andy Gelston replied to Steve Ahrens's discussion Serial Numbers
"There are more projects than there are airworthy Collegiates. I try to match them up with new, enthusiastic members as I learn of them. The Collegiate type was beloved by CPTP cadets, at least the seventy or so that I spoke with, back in the…"
May 20
Steve Ahrens replied to Steve Ahrens's discussion Serial Numbers
"Thanks Andy, the more I read about the Porterfield the more intrigued I get, but I’m also learning there isn’t an enormous amount of information out there. Thanks for the heads up on the FAA database, not a huge amount of these birds out…"
May 17
Andy Gelston replied to Steve Ahrens's discussion Serial Numbers
"Unfortunately, no. Porterfield has never really been thoroughly researched and published by any aviation historians, that I’m aware of. I would like to think this info is buried somewhere in Joe Rankin’s files, but his son, Brad, has yet…"
May 16
Steve Ahrens replied to Steve Ahrens's discussion Serial Numbers
"Thanks Andy, I appreciate the reply. Thought there must be some method behind the numbers. Do you know of any literature that would help me research my serial number to see where it fits in the production line?"
May 14
Andy Gelston replied to Steve Ahrens's discussion Serial Numbers
"Serial numbers don't necessarily reflect the quantity produced, Steve. The Collegiate series started with s/n 550...the CP-50 prototype, but when it was upgraded under a different type certificate (A720), the serial numbers started at 651.…"
May 13
Steve Ahrens posted a discussion

Serial Numbers

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 Porterfields were manufactured. This being the case how does my 1941 built plane get serial number 953?Thank you in advance! Steve Ahrens.See More
May 13
Steve Ahrens replied to Andy Gelston's discussion Porterfield Club newsletters from fifty years ago, available here
"Wow! Thank you!"
May 13
Andy Gelston left a comment for Steve Ahrens
"The Collegiate is a great tailwheel trainer. She was the favorite among most CPTP cadets."
May 10
Steve Ahrens left a comment for Tom Porterfield
"Thanks Tom! Thanks for the photo!"
May 5
Tom Porterfield left a comment for Steve Ahrens
"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…"
May 4
Steve Ahrens left a comment for Tom Porterfield
"Hi Tom! Unbelievable you recognise this plane! Originally N37733. I purchased the plane on April 30th (4 days ago) from Rob Glenn who imported it from Texas to Australia in 2011. I’m currently in the process of ferrying it home, but…"
May 4

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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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