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Landing Gear Rubber

I recently replaced the landing gear rubber on our 1940 LP65. The old ones were cracked and sagging and in dire need of replacement. I talked with Leroy Blum about this via the telephone, and he was very informative. I acquired the rubber stock from L.A. Rubber at a reasonable cost. On this website, I found a link to a photo of the original blueprint showing the proper dimensions (diameter, square hole size, and radius of corners) Near our airport, Arlington Municipal (AWO), I found an… Continue

Added by Mark on October 12, 2015 at 10:22pm — 1 Comment

Plane for Sale on Main Page

I was looking at the planes for sale on the Main page and noted a blue PC for sale.  I can find no date on the ad except an annual of 2009 so I assume it is at least 6 years old.  (If this is wrong, let me know.) I can find no N number so my question is what happened to the plane, who bought it  or (really a long shot) is it still for sale?


Added by Bill on June 29, 2015 at 8:53pm — 2 Comments

G-AFZL awarded Permit to Fly following rebuild

Good news. Yesterday ZL got its Permit to Fly, so after nearly 19 months we're airborne again. Thanks to everyone who offered advice and assistance during the rebuild. Subject to the usual variable British weather Paul and I can now put on some hours to run the engine in. We had a misfiring problem at idle for a while, caused by failure in one or more of the brand new plugs! Engine now seems to be running smoothly, although with the new exhaust system it does seem a bit noisier than the old…


Added by Steve Sharpe on January 16, 2015 at 12:51pm — 1 Comment

ZL flies again

CP50/65 G-AFZL has flown again following rebuild, at White Waltham on Monday 27 October. No snags, but a bit of tweaking required. 3 hour's of engine proving is required before Permit renewal test flight. Weight issue still to be resolved.

Added by Steve Sharpe on October 29, 2014 at 4:43am — 2 Comments

Help required - aircraft empty weight

Hi All,

Our CP50/65 G-AFZL is ready to fly following rebuild, trouble is we have a weight problem! It looks like we've gained over 100lbs in empty weight over the factory figure, which will mean that we might only be able to get her certificated as a single seater or have severe restrictions on payload (a good excuse to lose some personal weight maybe).

I find it difficult to see how we could be 100lbs overweight, although I do realise aircraft do gain weight over the…


Added by Steve Sharpe on October 12, 2014 at 6:04am — 1 Comment

starters for non electrical engines

We are STC'D and PMA'd to put a battery operated starter on the porter field and several other planes.

They must have an impulse coupling to operate correctly..

Added by Harold Hamp on September 26, 2014 at 8:01am — 3 Comments

Porterfield Collegiate Fuel Tank for Sale

One used Porterfield Collegiate Fuel Tank for Sale.  Please contact renovate@polestaraero.com

Added by Perry M Chappano on March 24, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

A-65 Install

Hi folks,

Changing over to an A-65 from the O145-B2.  Need info on new top cowl, nosebowl, exhaust and baffling.  Any info you have would be most appreciated.  Or parts for sale of course.



Added by Perry M Chappano on March 20, 2014 at 10:01am — 1 Comment

Help requested - rebuild of G-AFZL

Hi everybody.

The rebuild is going OK, fuselage finished, wings repaired and awaiting re-cover. We have a big problem with the engine though. It looks like the old A50 is worn out, cracked crankcase which can be welded, but the cylinders are probably beyond repair.

So I'm looking for a serviceable A or C65, or 4 serviceable C65 cylinders. If anybody knows of one available for sale in usable condition I would be very interested.

Also as we will…


Added by Steve Sharpe on February 6, 2014 at 9:53am — 1 Comment

Fuel Tank for Sale


I have a very nice , probably un-used,  Fuel tank for a Porterfield CP 65 for sale

 Please contact richardearl7@btopenworld.com


Added by Richard Earl on December 27, 2013 at 5:06am — No Comments


The pic is of a B-14-19-2. 100 were built between 1950 to 1958. It is 14-19 with the a O-470K cont. engine. The last triple tail conventional gear.

Added by fredric matt koblenzer on October 23, 2013 at 8:49am — No Comments

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…


Added by Andy Gelston on October 14, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment


I am in the process of restoring a 1940 CP50 and could use some manuals and blueprints if anyone has them. Are there any Collegiates in Michigan?


Vic Briley


Added by Victor Briley on August 12, 2013 at 9:34pm — 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…


Added by Andy Gelston on July 23, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

0 SMOH Lycoming O-145 B2 for sale

Will have overhauled Lycoming O-145 B2 for sale soon.  Price will depend on how much I have into the overhaul when she is done, but if anyone is in need please advise here or at renovate@polestaraero.com and I will keep you in the loop.  Thanks,  Perry.

Added by Perry M Chappano on July 18, 2013 at 1:11pm — 1 Comment

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…


Added by Andy Gelston 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…


Added by Andy Gelston on March 3, 2013 at 1:10pm — 1 Comment

Porterfield for sale

Our CP 65 would be for sale , it is in fantastic flying condition and all history back to day one , if interested please make contact for more detail


Added by Richard Earl on September 10, 2012 at 4:29am — No Comments

Oshkosh 2012

We'll be back this year, staying at the campsite in a RV. Will doubtless be in the bar every evening or at a friends Cessna 180 in the vintage aircraft park. Hope to see a Porterfield this time.  Four of us in the party this time. 

Added by Steve Sharpe on May 20, 2012 at 3:19am — 1 Comment

08/09 - Soloing at 16 - in Six Airplanes!

08/09 - Soloing at 16 - in Six Airplanes!

By Steve Krog

When an individual makes the commitment to learn to fly, there are several memorable events that occur during flight training. The very first flight always leaves a lasting impression. Same with the first take-off, or getting the airplane to do what the…


Added by Tom Porterfield on December 29, 2011 at 11:44am — 1 Comment

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