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Here you can find general information about N13243 as well as maintenance information, schedules and a detailed history of the aircraft. Please read this section before you fly!
In this section you can view and download documents relevant to N13243. You will find the POH, the autopilot manual, current weight and balance sheet, checklists, etc...
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Currently based at Denham Airfield (EGLD) which is just north of the London Heathrow control zone, N13243 is American registered with all taxes and duties paid.
From the 1st of April 2016 our baby has been parked on a concrete circle outside the tower at Denham in the cold and wet. Unfortunately, a solution to get her back in a hanger is a long way off so we will just have to live with it and up to now there have been no real problems. In some respects this is good as you don't have to get her out of the hanger and it is far esier to fill with AVGAS from the pump by the tower. Down side is that the blue cover has to be taken off before and then re-fitted after the flight.
We have a new PowerFlo exhaust system fitted plus a
K&N air filter. Take off performance seems to be better and the
fuel consumption is about 1 litre per hour less but not much
difference in cruise speed though. A rather nice engine monitoring
unit has been installed which very accurately shows fuel consumption
and also aids in leaning. Operating manual is attached later on
the web page under 'Documents'. There is nothing
else report at the moment but should you find anything then please let Ian know. The oil should be kept at 5 quarts as anything above this blows out of the breather and deposits itself on the bottom of the fueselage. Make sure you leave the large black box in the back of the plane in tidy and clean state with no spilt Oil. PLEASE leave her as you would like to find her. The usual reminders have to be made on checking the Tyre Pressures which always seem to be low, especially as we are now parked outside. If you think they are low, please let Ian know and he will pump them up.
21 November 1973
Duration 2 hrs & 25 minutes at the Pawnee Division of Cessna Aircraft Co. Cessna testpilot J. Donavan.
27 November 1973
Certificate of Airworthiness granted for operations up to and including 20,000 feet!!!
15 December 1973
Sold to FBO Rolling Hills Aviation in Torrance, California, and delivered with 14.9 hours on the airframe.
14 February 1974
First 100 hours completed. (Altimeter defective and replaced).
9 May 1974
First Annual Inspection
23 May 1975
Second Annual Inspection. Airframe time = 954.8 hours.
Sold to FBO in New Mexico
Shipped from New Mexico by container and reassembled in Zaragoza. Airframe time = 1921.5 hours.
Airframe time = 2899.6 hours.
28 July 1984
Airframe time = 3695.0 hours.
Landing accident with damage to nose gear at Köln-Bonn, Germany, due to hard landing with multiple bounces.
16 April 1990
Airframe time = 4298.7 hours.
Red, White and Blue!! Airframe time = 4820 hours.
Complete engine overhaul and increase to 160 BHP with STC. Airframe time = 5486.4 hours.
Precautionary landing at Hildesheim. Crankshaft and bearing damage due to unknown causes. Airframe time = 6000 hours.
New engine with 160 BHP STC from Pen-Yan Aviation.
21 September 1999
Current airframe time = Approx. 6400 hours.
Ross Schmidt carrying out the original pre-purchase inspection on the ramp at Ramstein.
Here is another one with a rather younger looking Ross!
Here is the original engine - it lasted 5000 hours before we had to replace it!!
This is the instrument panel as it was.
Here is another shot - nothing original remains!
This is a shot of the original interior - looks a bit better now.
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