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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.

At 9:38am on March 15, 2022, Roy Reeves said…

Thanks for the info.  The one I am looking at (the one my daughter named "Olive" is the one in TJ Neff has.  Lucky for me, there is one for sale here in Texas - about 2 hours away but that is a lot closer than California.  I can at least get inside one and see if she fits.  My biggest problem, as I just discovered, is hanger space.  I have checked every airport in 40 miles and no one has hanger (not even patio) for rent.  I don't think a tube and fabric plane would hold up outside in Texas.

A CFI I know is also throwing a little ice water on the idea - I get that it does not have Artificial Horizon, VOR, etc.  So?  She can "learn to fly" not "manage" a plane.  My only complaint about the Cirrus I used to own - great traveling plane but it was built for a programer/manager, not a pilot.  

Then I do understand, if my daughter learns to fly by the seat of her pants, she may have trouble transitioning later since avionics are getting more and more complicated and more "legacy" planes are going partial glass.

At 11:32am on March 14, 2022, Roy Reeves said…

Thanks for the information.  I had noticed it is called "skinny bird" never really connected the dots.  There is or was one located about an hour from me, and you say one is in Bryan (as in Aggie-land"?)  I have a few friends who spent 4 years on the wrong side of the river (Sic Em' Bears) but it would be nice to have two Skinny Birds close to me to look into.  

I am only 5'10 and my daughter is shorter than me - but how important is that 180 # thing?  I  wear a 42 jacket, will I feel like I am shoulder to shoulder with the wings?

And it is no secret here, there is a Porterfield in CA that is kinda pretty and it has been available for at least a few months.  Any members here been by to look at it.  Spare engine certainly has my attention - love spare parts - but my daughter named it "Olive" already so I need to get her up close and personal with one of the Skinny Birds here in Texas (anyone in or near TKI willing to take her up for a short ride, I buy gas and lunch afterwards - and all she needs is a quick hop around the patch, no stick time).  Need to see if she still likes the idea after being inside a skinny bird.

Last - wheel pants???  Two that I know of, still need to look at the third, have no pants.  I have seen references to Taylorcraft wheel pants, but have not had time (or the admission to the club) to go searching and since I am writing my first post . . . I am hoping for forgiveness if this is one of those times when I should "look for the search bar".

At 9:21am on March 4, 2022, Bryan Hunt said…

Thanks for the welcome Andy!

I'm close to the 180 (that I can influence)... but have +2" on the height being 6'..  would I not fit at that height?

Bryan

At 10:21am on March 3, 2022, James H Replogle said…

I have been looking to buy a porterfield for some time now. I am interested in a 35W if I can find one for sale. The owners of these models don't seem to want to part with them which is very understandable. I'll keep an eye out anyway.

At 10:21pm on November 18, 2021, Tim Berridge said…
Thanks Andy!
I was struck by the beauty of the design.
Glad to be here.
At 5:38pm on August 26, 2021, Luke Lebrecht said…

Howdy hey thanks for the welcome! He talked about the Porterfield Club ALOT! He truly loved it. Unfortunately about a week ago he had a massive stroke and his time is nearing an end. I hope the Army approves my leave so I can go see him one last time. I look forward to seeing everyone's posts on here and learn a thing or two! Im glad he opened my eyes to aviation (Im normally a car guy) and maybe one day Ill be up in the air too.

At 11:22am on July 24, 2021, Dan Roose said…

Hi Andy,

Thanks for letting me join you all. Looking forward to finding an aircraft at some point, a Flyable one first with a project a little later. 

At 9:29am on May 3, 2021, Steve Ahrens said…

Thank you for the warm welcome Andy. I’m looking forward to doing my tail wheel endorsement with my new bird!

At 5:49pm on April 26, 2021, Robert Ferguson said…

I'm 2005 lbs. and 5ft. 11 inch's a little tight, but with practice no problem.  Okay once in.

At 12:47pm on December 8, 2020, T Doug Stewart said…

Hi Andy. I’ve not received to data pack yet on the 90 Franklin install. Actually I made a error on the engine I’m overhauling for my FP 65. It is actually a 80 hp with starter and generator. I’m hoping to use your data as the basis for this engine. Would also like to get info on other installations of 80 or more hp. The starter and generator do not stick back any further than the mags. I’m thanking one of the small lightweight starters just might work. From my measurements it seems that the gas tank and starter clearance are the issue. Thanks for your help

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