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by Jerry Eichenberger
Mon Jun 30, 2014 16:43
Forum: Post-War Aeronca Champ airplanes
Topic: Weight and Balance
Replies: 12
Views: 7826

Re: Weight and Balance

Didn't someone say a while ago that when the Champs were built, the factory used only 3 coats of dope - one clear, a silver, and one coat of color? Wood props, really skinny seat cushions, and no fabric carpet or trim anywhere in the interior except for the headliner - all made them a lot lighter th...
by Jerry Eichenberger
Tue Dec 31, 2013 17:23
Forum: General Discussion and guidelines
Topic: Third Class Medical....again.
Replies: 22
Views: 6093

Re: Third Class Medical....again.

Mike - I see the problem with limited mechanics' licenses having a couple of problems. This first is demand. Like I said in my post about our shop, we love to work on the old airplanes, but we'd never stay in business without the Bonanzas and twins that obviously have more intense maintenance requir...
by Jerry Eichenberger
Tue Dec 31, 2013 13:31
Forum: General Discussion and guidelines
Topic: Third Class Medical....again.
Replies: 22
Views: 6093

Re: Third Class Medical....again.

The general manager of my FBO and our chief mechanic got his A&P thru the apprenticeship method. It takes 30 months, I believe, of working under an A&P to qualify to test for both Airframe and Powerplant ratings. This fellow has been a mechanic his entire life, starting in his teens. He's fr...
by Jerry Eichenberger
Mon Dec 30, 2013 16:55
Forum: General Discussion and guidelines
Topic: Third Class Medical....again.
Replies: 22
Views: 6093

Re: Third Class Medical....again.

Maybe some of our Canadian members can comment on how well the owner maintenance program is working there. One of the issues I see is related to sales value of airplanes if we were to have an owner maint. category. I know if I were buying an airplane that was under owner maint., I'd for sure want a ...
by Jerry Eichenberger
Sun Dec 29, 2013 17:21
Forum: General Discussion and guidelines
Topic: Third Class Medical....again.
Replies: 22
Views: 6093

Re: Third Class Medical....again.

I am in favor of the most liberal use of the driver's license medical as possible, including the bill introduced in Congress recently to extend it to 6,000 pounds MGTOW. I say this because of personal experience as an aviation lawyer who defends accident cases, and as a pilot since 1965. Never in my...
by Jerry Eichenberger
Sun Dec 29, 2013 17:11
Forum: General Discussion and guidelines
Topic: Third Class Medical....again.
Replies: 22
Views: 6093

Re: Third Class Medical....again.

Bob -
Please explain the Canadian rule tat you mentioned. I was under the impression that Canada requires a 3rd class medical to fly anything, even gliders.
Thanks,
Jerry E.
by Jerry Eichenberger
Fri Oct 04, 2013 16:19
Forum: General Discussion and guidelines
Topic: Aeronca Chum Aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 7417

Re: Aeronca Chum Aircraft

As someone said, we have had a lot of discussion of the Chum on the fAA email list in the past few days. I note from the pictures here that the Chum didn't have a trailing link landing gear like the Ercoupe does. I can't imagine how it would have much cross wind component since it had to be landed i...
by Jerry Eichenberger
Mon Jul 01, 2013 23:31
Forum: Aeronca General items
Topic: Fuel Survey
Replies: 80
Views: 50022

Re: Fuel Survey

As the owner of an FBO who wishes we could sell auto fuel, let me address this a little. We have several Rotax equipped homebuilts, and we also have a Tecnam in our rental fleet, so auto fuel would be great if we could solve some issues. First is getting it without ethanol. Yes, a local distributor ...
by Jerry Eichenberger
Fri May 04, 2012 09:34
Forum: Insurance and paperwork
Topic: Insurance - Butler-Brown, any feedback would be helpful
Replies: 13
Views: 6912

Re: Insurance - Butler-Brown, any feedback would be helpful

JP - Avemco is a very good company and they pay their claims, as you experienced. However, their coverages for liability were per person the last I knew, not per passenger when it comes to applying the sublimit, typically $100K, to a third partry liability claim. Many companies apply the sublimit on...
by Jerry Eichenberger
Thu May 03, 2012 14:19
Forum: Insurance and paperwork
Topic: Insurance - Butler-Brown, any feedback would be helpful
Replies: 13
Views: 6912

Re: Insurance - Butler-Brown, any feedback would be helpful

Dennis - Yes. Any agent/broker would get the same quote from the carrier, assuming he doesn't lie. My wife is an agent - years ago, a 68 year old woman with a private, no instrument rating, and about 600 hours total wanted a quote on a Comanche. Of course, it came back quite high. She went to anothe...
by Jerry Eichenberger
Thu May 03, 2012 08:42
Forum: Insurance and paperwork
Topic: Insurance - Butler-Brown, any feedback would be helpful
Replies: 13
Views: 6912

Re: Insurance - Butler-Brown, any feedback would be helpful

I have never seen aviation hull coverage that was anything but stated value. The book value approach, or fair market value, applies many to auto insurance collision and comprehensive coverages.
by Jerry Eichenberger
Wed May 02, 2012 17:04
Forum: Insurance and paperwork
Topic: Insurance - Butler-Brown, any feedback would be helpful
Replies: 13
Views: 6912

Re: Insurance - Butler-Brown, any feedback would be helpful

Dennis - You have it half right. The wrods "agent" and "broker" are one and the same. A broker places your coverage with an insurance company, called the insurer, or the carrier, or sometimes the underwriter. I prefer to say carrier. So, your agent calls several carriers, if he d...
by Jerry Eichenberger
Fri Apr 06, 2012 13:50
Forum: Insurance and paperwork
Topic: Insurance Quote 2012
Replies: 8
Views: 5993

Re: Insurance Quote 2012

As an attorney who works with aviation insurance companies every day, and as the husband of an aviation insurance broker, I can tell you that aviation insurance, at almost all levels, has seen drastic declines in premiums over the past couple of years. This is due mainly to the entrance of a few new...
by Jerry Eichenberger
Fri Oct 21, 2011 14:18
Forum: Light sport pilot and licensing questions
Topic: Canada light sport?
Replies: 5
Views: 4232

Re: Canada light sport?

To my knowledge, the Bahamas is the only foreign country that allows sport pilots with only the driver's license medical to fly into their country. Heck, I just found out about a year ago from a buddy that U.S. citizens may not enter Canada at all, regardless of the means of transportation for 5 yea...
by Jerry Eichenberger
Wed Jul 13, 2011 18:44
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Something to really think about.
Replies: 20
Views: 9473

Re: Something to really think about.

Joe - Again, I'll disagree. The founding fathers may have had an idea of a "farmer statesman. But that was in the late 1700s. Todays' gov't is much different, and the idea of Davy Crockett riding out of Tennessee, coming to Washington for a few weeks every year, then going home is about the sam...