Chapter 602

Adirondack Chapter Experimental Aircraft Association
Fulton, Montgomery and Saratoga Counties, NY

Member Plane of the Month Archive

Piper Tri-Pacer PA-22


Model: 1951 Tri Pacer PA22-150 Owner: Patrick Morris

Patrick purchased this Tri Pacer in May of 2010 and has been working on advancing his Sport Pilot license to a Private. It is a 1951 model that originally had an 0-290 125hp. The engine was upgraded to an 0-320 150hp from a Pawnee in 1978. The Tri Pacers where all fabric but this one had it’s fuselage metalized in 1964. It has spent it’s life in the NY, NJ and PA area. The Tri Pacers have a coordinating interconnect between the ailerons and the rudder similar to the Ercoupes. There is spring in the system that allows you to override the coordination for slips. There were 9,490 Tri Pacers built from 1951 till the early 60’s when the Cherokee came into production. They are a very good deal in the four seat market with respectable useful load and performance numbers.


General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Capacity: three passengers
  • Length: 20.6 feet
  • Wingspan: 29.3 feet
  • Height: 8.3 feet
  • Wing area: 147.5 ft²
  • Empty weight 1110 lb
  • Loaded weight: 2000 lb
  • Useful load: 890 lb
  • Power plant: Lycoming 0-320, 150 hp
  • Wing loading: 13.51 lb/ft²
  • Fuel capacity: 36 gal
  • Fuel consumption: 8 gal/hr (75%)
  • Cabin width: 40 in
  • Cabin height: 36 in
  • Baggage capacity: 100 lb
  • Takeoff ground roll: 1120 ft
  • Landing ground roll: 1120 ft


  • Maximum Speed 123 knots (142 mph)
  • Cruise Speed 113 knots (75%) (135 mph)
  • Stall Speed: 42 knots (48 mph)
  • Range: 435 nmi (75% power w/reserve)
  • Service Ceiling: 16,500 feet
  • Rate of Climb: 800 ft/min
  • Power/Mass: 12.5 lb/hp


Aeronca Super Chief 65-CA

Model: 1941 Aeronca 65-CA Super Chief Owner: Peter Szczebak

  • General Characteristics
    • Crew: one pilot
    • Capacity: one passengers
    • Length: 21 feet 1 in
    • Wingspan: 36 feet
    • Height: 6 feet 3 in
    • Wing area: 169 ft²
    • Empty weight 780 lb
    • Loaded weight: 1250 lb
    • Useful load: 470 lb
    • Power plant: Continental A&C65, 75 hp
    • Wing loading: 7.4 lb/ft²
    • Fuel capacity: 17 gal
    • Fuel consumption: 4.8 gal/hr (75%)
    • Cabin width: 36 in
    • Cabin height: 45 in
    • Baggage capacity: 70 lb
    • Takeoff ground roll: 1120 ft
    • Landing ground roll: 1120 ft


  • Maximum Speed 109 mph
  • Cruise Speed 100 mph
  • Stall Speed: 38 mph
  • Range: 350 mi
  • Service Ceiling: 15,000 feet
  • Rate of Climb: 600 ft/min
  • Power/Mass: 19.23 lb/hp




Preceptor    N3 Pup

Model: 1996 N3 Pup                 Owner: Bob Anderson

Here is one for you, this is my N3 PUP by Preceptor, built in 1996, I am now the third owner, it has a Mosler 40 hp motor, 4 cycle, 70 hours on it, 5 gal. gas, single seat, 30.5 wing span, aluminum ribs and spars, folding wing option, hydraulic brakes, cruise at 60 mph, stall @ 28 mph. Should be flying in a couple weeks, Art G. is doing some work on a wing right now, will be keeping it at 1F2, Edinburg in Wade's hangar.


General characteristics
  • Crew: one pilot
  • Capacity: Just the pilot
  • Length: 16 feet 6 in
  • Wingspan: 30.5 feet
  • Height: 5 feet
  • Wing area: 120 ft²
  • Empty weight 254 lb
  • Loaded weight: 535 lb
  • Useful load: 281 lb
  • Power plant: Mosler 40 hp
  • Wing loading: 3.76 lb/ft²
  • Fuel capacity: 5 gal
  • Fuel consumption: 1.8 gal/hr
  • Cabin width: 22.75 in
  • Cabin height:  in
  • Baggage capacity:  lb
  • Takeoff ground roll: 150 ft
  • Landing ground roll: 150 ft


  • Maximum Speed 63 mph
  • Cruise Speed 60 mph
  • Stall Speed: 28 mph
  • Range: 160 mi 
  • Service Ceiling: 10,000 feet
  • Rate of Climb: 600 ft/min
  • Power/Mass: 13.4 lb/hp  

CGS Hawk Arrow II

Model: CGS Hawk Arrow II Kit Built ELSA                Owner: Darryl White

I have always had a dream of flying that I achieved in my forties with the support of EAA602. I built my Hawk with my brother in law and fellow member Kevin Bartholoma in 6 months finishing in August of 2007. I had great support from all the club members but would like to mention Doug Sterling, Tony Rizzio, Art Goodemote and Fred Blowers. The Hawk now has 250+ hours and I love it. I just wanted to fly but the experience of building something yourself that flies has rewards that I did not anticipate.

The Hawk Arrow II is our two-seater offered in kit form. The long streamlined cockpit area has a flat floor, and a low sloping windshield that gives unobstructed forward visibility. The large vertical tail balances the long nose, which yields excellent yaw stability. The Arrow II wing has a semi-symmetrical airfoil, and streamlined extruded aluminum wing struts. All Hawks incorporate a curved front spar carr-through, allowing for ample head room, even for taller pilots.
The rear seat is higher than the front seat, so the field of vision of the passenger or instructor in the rear seat is less obstructed.  Flaps (not flaperons!) are standard equipment on all Hawks, and are very effective in increasing climb rate and decreasing landing distance. At the heart of the Hawk's unique design is its curved boom tube. The curved boom allows the horizontal stabilizer to be placed above the down-wash of the wing, especially when flaps are deployed. Another benefit of the curve is short landing gear legs, which makes it easier to get in and out of your plane. The curved boom is stronger in torsion than a straight boom, and allows the airplane to rotate for takeoffs and landings without banging the tail on the ground.

ERCO Ercoupe 1947

Model: ERCO Ercoupe 415-CD 85HP                 Owner: Don Fleischut

I decided to return to flying two years ago and go Light Sport.  The Ercoupe always intrigued me and was the only tricycle gear Light Sport built before 2005 that I could afford.  I found N772CM in Bolivar Missouri. It is a 415C/D model with a 85HP Continental.As told in the news letter last year, John Peck and I flew it home in July of 2010.  After some serious mechanical and electrical work, it flies as it was always meant to do.  It has been modified to accommodate the 1320 maximum weight for light sport, and has had rudder pedals added.  I learned with rudder pedals and could not imagine not having them.The useful load is 460 pounds empty, and just 316 with full fuel.  On a hot summer day, you do not fly with a chubby passenger and full fuel!!!!  Its burn rate is 6 gallons per hour, so on most days I leave the airport with 14 to 15 gallons.  My bladder is only good for two hours, so it works out fine. This allows me to take a passenger in the 180 pound range.There are many  interesting characteristics of my Blue Coupe.  First of all, it has a very sluggish climb rate and a rapid sink rate.  You need to evaluate the field, wind and weight before takeoff.  Yes, all pilots need to do this, but Ercoupe pilots better not forget.  It will not spin.  I haven’t tried real hard, but on all my stall practices, it just starts to sink, rapidly and noses over easily.  Yes, you can land it sideways and it will straighten out on the runway.  I don’t do it on purpose, but the few times I am not exactly lined up with the center line, the plane does it for me.  The ride is bumpier than the Skyhawk, but I expected that.  Therefore, cockpit management can be a chalange.

The Ercoupe is a 2-seat airplane that was designed by Fred E. Weick for ERCO (Engineering Research Corporation).  It was first manufactured in 1939.  Production stopped during WWII, and then in 1946, 4309 were made in a single year!  For months they made Ercoupes at a rate of >10 a day!  For a very short period production got to about 25/day on three shifts!  Ercoupes were immensely popular, but in the 1947 bust in the airplane business, only companies with 4-place planes survived.  ERCO's 4-place Ercoupe wasn't ready and ERCO stopped making airplanes.  The 2-place Coupes were manufactured by several different companies over the years: Sanders, Forney, Alon, and even Mooney (as the M-10) in the late 60s.

At the time it came out, the Coupe was a revolutionary plane. It was one of the first general aviation aircraft with a tricycle gear and the Coupe's designer, Fred Weick, owned the patent on the tricycle gear as we know it. The Coupe was a metal mono-coupe low wing design that came out in a time of tube and frame designs. It was stall proof, it was spin proof, it had no rudder pedals, and it was fast. People who actually flew the thing learned that it was a great flying airplane. If you go look at an Ercoupe on a modern airfield among Cessna 150's and Pipers Cherokees it does not look out of place, but go to a fly-in where the Ercoupe is parked among its contemporaries like Aeroncas, Cubs and Stinsons of the same vintage and it is striking how different and modern the metal-clad, low wing, tricycle gear Ercoupe looks among a sea of high wing, fabric covered taildraggers. But old time pilots thought the removal of rudder pedals was a sin, just as bad was the removal of the tail wheel. 


General characteristics
  • Crew: one pilot
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 20' 9" 
  • Wingspan: 30'
  • Height: 5' 11" (tail up)
  • Wing area: 142.6 ft²
  • Empty weight 749 lbs
  • Loaded weight: 1320 lbs
  • Useful load: 511 lbs
  • Power plant: Continental C-85
  • Wing loading: 8.83 lb/ft²
  • Fuel capacity:   24 gal
  • Fuel consumption:  6 gal/hr
  • Cabin width: 36 in
  • Cabin height:  48 in
  • Baggage capacity: 75  lb
  • Takeoff ground roll:  550 ft
  • Landing ground roll:  350 ft

Flight Design Flightstar

Model: II SC 65HP Owner: Mike Clukey

I grew up in Plattsburgh, NY. My backyard was in a direct line with the Plattsburgh Air force Base's runway. I can't remember a time when I didn't dream about flying. I finally got the opportunity to fulfill my dream when my wife, Debi, encouraged me to go for it. I bought my Flightstar 2SC on Ebay in an online auction. Go figure! It turns out the Flightstar is a great trainer and is easy to fly. I love to fly my Flightstar and will never look back.

General characteristics
  • Crew: one pilot
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 19'
  • Wingspan: 32' 5"
  • Height: 8' 3"
  • Wing area: 160 ft²
  • Empty weight 490 lbs
  • Useful load: 460 lbs
  • Power plant: 582 Rotax 2 Stroke
  • Fuel capacity: 10 gal
  • Fuel consumption: 4 gal/hr
  • Cabin width: 39 in
  • Takeoff ground roll: 250 ft
  • Landing ground roll: 200 ft



  • Maximum Speed 96 mph
  • Cruise Speed 77 mph
  • Stall Speed: 39 mph
  • Range: 200 mi
  • Service Ceiling: 12,000 feet
  • Rate of Climb: 600-800 ft/min


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