Another airplane, but this one is very nice.

by w3woody

Of course you’re buying a 40 year old airplane, so “very nice” is relative: it’s not perfect, it wasn’t owned by someone who was refurbishing and repairing all the cosmetic issues, such as small chips on the leading edge of the wings and seats that really need to be reupholstered. But the airplane feels solid, there appears to be no corrosion, the avionics appears to work, and it looks like it would be a good buy.

This is for an Arrow II with relatively low hours, and more time on the engine than the previous–which to me is a good thing, because once you get to around 1000 hours on the engine, anything that was going to go wrong after a rebuild has probably already gone wrong.

The logs are complete, and it appears that aside from one relatively minor issue a couple of years ago there are no real problems. And the compressions look fantastic; all 78 or higher.

So I’ve sent the seller’s representative an offer on the airplane–which had only come on the market just a few weeks ago. We’ll see how this all works out.

I only have three issues that I’ve found with the airplane. It has speed mods but the owner hasn’t really waxed the airplane; turns out waxing your airplane can add a few knots to the cruise speed. The step into the airplane has a crack in it–but that step can be replaced fairly easily. And the door has a few bends and dings in it where it almost looks the at one point someone tried to close the door while a golf club was hanging out of the airplane.

But all of this is cosmetic, and over time I plan to address each of these issues.

The plusses: a Garmin 430 (not WAAS–but I don’t plan to shoot any low approaches using a GPS, since I see my IFR ticket as a way to safely get out of marginal VFR conditions and not a ticket to fly in bad weather), an up-to-date autopilot (bonus, since that was not listed on the info for the aircraft), and a very nice low-hour 3-blade McCauley scimitar prop.

Meanwhile I spoke (finally!) to the general manager of Landmark Aviation at RDU, and they have a hanger available. So I’m getting the paperwork on the hanger. It’s a very nice large hanger–but truth be told, well, it’s a hanger: a large metal box in which you park an airplane.

The price is $500/month, but if you pay a year in advance he’ll dock 1 month off the rent.

I’m getting the information through the mail now.