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by bsafran
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:36
Forum: Aeronca Sedan airplanes
Topic: Sedan Mechanic Needed
Replies: 2
Views: 1263

Sedan Mechanic Needed

I have a beautiful 15AC currently at a grass strip in southwestern Michigan. It needs an annual before I can bring it home to northern Ohio. Any Sedan experienced mechanics in the area that can help me out?
by bsafran
Sun Dec 03, 2017 13:11
Forum: Post-War Aeronca Chief airplanes
Topic: Vertical tail fin extension
Replies: 10
Views: 1964

Re: Vertical tail fin extension

Just a few thoughts about vertical fins. I used to have a 7AC fuselage repairing business and had a wonderful jig that let you build either style tail. Instead of a lot of welding, you can take the easier route and bolt on a modification. Whatever method you use, be sure you are ending up with an ac...
by bsafran
Sun Jul 23, 2017 08:30
Forum: Fly-Ins and Aeronca related events
Topic: Oshkosh
Replies: 0
Views: 1487

Oshkosh

Anyone headed to Oshkosh that will pass by Cleveland, OH is welcome to land at the Valley City Airport. We don't have fuel, but we do have a 2,500 foot long grass runway that's perfect for taildraggers. 15 miles southwest of Cleveland Hopkins Airport. 330-483-3278.
by bsafran
Sun Mar 27, 2016 21:27
Forum: Restoration
Topic: 7AC Fuselage Fixture
Replies: 9
Views: 4280

7AC Fuselage Fixture

Everyone in aviation is always waiting for the "found in a barn" gem that has been hidden for years and is a great bargain for the smart investor. My "gem" moment was when I discovered there was a fixture out there that made precise repairs to 7AC Champ fuselages possible. I jumped at the chance and...
by bsafran
Mon Jun 22, 2015 23:34
Forum: Post-War Aeronca Champ airplanes
Topic: 7AC Champ Jig
Replies: 1
Views: 1912

7AC Champ Jig

I have been getting a number of email alerts that postings have been made to Facebook accounts that pertain to the Champ fuselage jig that I own in northeastern Ohio. I am elated that there is interest in using the jig to help damaged or rusted Champs to get back in the air. However, there seems to ...
by bsafran
Sat Mar 07, 2015 09:50
Forum: Restoration
Topic: 7AC Fuselage Jig
Replies: 8
Views: 3404

Re: 7AC Fuselage Jig

There is a jig in Texas just outside of Houston in Pearland. At least there was. I visited the gentleman who bought it from a friend who was going through a divorce. It was the most basic of frames and only established a few major aligning points. It was left up to the mechanic to fill in the rest o...
by bsafran
Sat Mar 07, 2015 07:28
Forum: Post-War Aeronca Champ airplanes
Topic: 7AC Fuselage Jig
Replies: 1
Views: 1962

7AC Fuselage Jig

I have a fuselage jig (the FAA says it should be called a reference fixture) for the 7AC Champ which was designed and built by a reputable Aeronca mechanic. It is available for free to anyone wanting to check the alignment of their fuselage prior to recovering. Any kind of repairs are possible since...
by bsafran
Sat Mar 07, 2015 07:27
Forum: Restoration
Topic: 7AC Fuselage Jig
Replies: 8
Views: 3404

7AC Fuselage Jig

I have a fuselage jig (the FAA says it should be called a reference fixture) for the 7AC Champ which was designed and built by a reputable Aeronca mechanic. It is available for free to anyone wanting to check the alignment of their fuselage prior to recovering. Any kind of repairs are possible since...
by bsafran
Sun Jul 13, 2014 07:36
Forum: Post-War Aeronca Champ airplanes
Topic: Champ aileron spars
Replies: 6
Views: 1849

Re: Champ aileron spars

My job takes me all over the country and that gives me a wonderful opportunity to meet other Aeronca fans. It also gives me a chance to look at a lot of Aeronca parts. I specifically ask to see uncovered ailerons because I have been concerned for many years about the spar problem you have discovered...
by bsafran
Thu Apr 04, 2013 20:40
Forum: Aeronca Sedan airplanes
Topic: 15AC Left Side Door
Replies: 13
Views: 5188

Re: 15AC Left Side Door

I have been pondering the future of our brand of old aviation for quite a few years now. I have invested time and money to try and save Aeroncas that were falling by the wayside so that they would be available to the next generation of owners. I also see an opportunity to enhance an old time airfram...
by bsafran
Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:53
Forum: Aeronca Sedan airplanes
Topic: 15AC Left Side Door
Replies: 13
Views: 5188

15AC Left Side Door

I am trying to get an approval for a Sedan left side door that is hinged like the right side and swings forward. If you look at Matt's Sedan Gallery on http://www.n1331H.com, you can see that N1308H (15AC-338) and G-AREX (15AC-061) have the type door I am interested in. N1492H (15AC-416) has the sam...
by bsafran
Sat Mar 30, 2013 06:16
Forum: Post-War Aeronca Champ airplanes
Topic: Champ owner needs local IA
Replies: 1
Views: 911

Champ owner needs local IA

A gentleman called me from Kansas City asking for assistance with a damaged Champ. He needs help with the repairs and doesn't know anyone who understands these vintage planes. If anyone knows of a knowledgable IA within 100 miles of Kansas City, please contact me so I can pass on the information. Th...
by bsafran
Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:50
Forum: Aeronca Sedan airplanes
Topic: Sedan for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 1596

Sedan for sale

I've been talking to a Mr. Lance who has his 15AC for sale somewhere in New Jersey. He has sent me some pictures and it has seen better days. Even his mechanic calls it an "older restoration". He is asking $35,000 but hinted that any reasonable offer would be considered. This plane needs some TLC, b...
by bsafran
Fri Jan 18, 2013 17:33
Forum: Post-War Aeronca Champ airplanes
Topic: Registration Mystery
Replies: 0
Views: 1350

Registration Mystery

I have two Champ data plates that don't correspond to any registered airplanes. A friend of mine at the FAA (yes, they can be nice and friendly) has looked into the history as far as he can and now it is up to the Aeronca community. Does anyone know anything about these Champs? Even though the data ...
by bsafran
Tue Dec 25, 2012 10:26
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Placards for our panels
Replies: 2
Views: 1931

Placards for our panels

I was visiting a nice museum in western Iowa where a rare Aetna Timm was displayed. It had a placard that I hope all of us will put on our own instrument panels and heed its advice.