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LP 65 hub caps

Hello, I've heard that L5 Hub caps will work on the Porterfield. Anybody have any ideas of others that might? I think they would look sharp on our old girl. Thanks Mark NC27249

Added by Mark on July 24, 2017 at 1:42pm — 2 Comments

Firewall attach angle on engine mount

Anybody remove angle attachment on engine mount?
I would like to use different method of attaching firewall to
Engine mount

Added by William A Collins on May 22, 2017 at 2:45pm — 2 Comments

Fabrication Drawings

Hello All,

I would like to secure fabrication drawings for the main landing gear and motor mounts for Franklin and Lycoming 65 hp. engines. Thanks

Best Regards

Bob

Added by Bob Hayden on July 4, 2016 at 2:26pm — 1 Comment

Porterfield Formation flight to Ottumwa!

We're excited to post the plans for our 3-ship Porterfield flight from Cable Airport (CCB), Upland, CA to Ottumwa, Iowa, for the Antique Aircraft Association flyin, over Labor Day weekend.

We'll leave here with our 3 Porterfields  (1940, 1941 Collegiates, and a CP 75) around August 25th, and plan to arrive at Ottumwa August 30th.  We're…

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Added by Jerri & Chris Bergen on July 3, 2016 at 7:35pm — 2 Comments

CP65 651

Hi guys, I'm very happy to be here as my Dad and I are the new care takers of CP65 651. We recently aquired her and just completed an extensive annual as she had not flown in several years as her previous caretaker has passed away. I have put several hours on her the past week. What a fabulous airplane to fly. The fabric is still in good shape and will allow us a year or so to enjoy the airplane as it is. We will eventually do a full restoration and will be looking here for advise. Our goal is… Continue

Added by Chris Yates on January 24, 2016 at 9:12pm — 3 Comments

NC25577 on Wikipedia

Today (28 Dec) Porterfield NC25577 appeared on the main page of Wikipedia, as supporting cast in the Ercoupe RATO picture taken at March AFB in 1941. N25577 is listed on the FAA register to a balloon, so what happened to the Porterfield?

ZL flying again with new tailwheel spring and rudder horn - obtained via Ebay from the USA, new old stock.

Added by Steve Sharpe on December 28, 2015 at 6:14am — 2 Comments

Rudder tailwheel steering yoke

Hi everybody

The ongoing saga of G-AFZL - Today the tailwheel spring broke while taxying. Luckily at base, on grass. No collateral damage to the rudder/tailpost or fabric. Trouble is the aluminum yoke for the tailwheel springs is now in 3 pieces. I doubt if it is repairable. Does anybody have, know about, know where we can get a replacement? Looks like we may be grounded again for a while, pity as ZL has been flying very well for the past year since the rebuild and given us no…

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Added by Steve Sharpe on November 20, 2015 at 1:41pm — No Comments

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?

Bill

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…

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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…

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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.

Thanks,

Perry

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…

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

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

WANTED CP50 MANUALS & BLUEPRINTS

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

989-614-0891

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…

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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

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