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Help finding nice 180
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1957 is the best year J

 

From: mailer@mail2.clubexpress.com [mailto:mailer@mail2.clubexpress.com]
Sent: March-29-16 3:59 PM
To: Wanted - Aircraft
Subject: re: Help finding nice 180 <<$145851512786$>>

 

I did purchase a 1960 180C. Beautiful well cared for plane with only 2050TT. I have been having a blast with her so far. Already flown 70 hours in two months.

 

I have a friend who has seen my plane and is now looking for something similar. 1957-1963 180 is what he wants. If anyone knows of a nice one please let me know.

 

Thanks,

 

Brandt

 
I did purchase a 1960 180C. Beautiful well cared for plane with only 2050TT. I have been having a blast with her so far. Already flown 70 hours in two months.
 
I have a friend who has seen my plane and is now looking for something similar. 1957-1963 180 is what he wants. If anyone knows of a nice one please let me know.
 
Thanks,
 
Brandt
 
If you are still looking for a Cessna 180, I have a well maintained 1970 Cessna 180 for sale and am willing to negotiate on the price. Check it out at http://skywagons.com/_aircraft_for_sale/6LT/6LT.html
 
Did you ever find a plane to purchase?
 

Hello BTV

 

Thank you for joining as an Associate Member. It’s great to have you as part of our community.

 

As I was completing my PPC from 1996 to 1998 I spent my non flying times looking into what kind of bush plane I wanted to purchase. I compared the Beaver, the 206, the 185, the 180, and the Helio Courier. I compared them all based on purchase price, ongoing operational costs, annual costs, and more importantly of all capability in the areas of range and load.

 

I wanted simplicity so the newer Cessna’s with fuel injection was out of the question. I wanted the ability to operate on Auto Gas if needed at times given the northern regions I fly to.

 

I eventually settled on the early model Cessna 180’s as being the most affordable and capable bush planes on land and sea and ice. That meant the 1953 to 1964 models of the Cessna 180. The 1953 model was excluded because of its small fuselage and engine. Then I looked at what models within that range that had the best airframe and engine history. I also looked at what mods would make the airplane better (STOL, baggage compartments, etc).

 

I eventually settled on a 1957 Cessna 180 Model A (although the Model A status has been debated) with a Horton STOL and WingX extensions. C-FKAI was actually the first airplane to have WingX extentions and instead of an STC I have a Transport Canada Field Report in the maintenance manual approving it. The WingX wing extension upgrade provides over an additional 120 lbs of carrying capacity and flying up north that is important.  

 

Upgrades I added:

 

-          Fuselage pop out pull levers in the rear

-          Baggage compartment

 

The floats already had float compartments which again is critical when flying up north. I can carry an extra 20 US gallons of fuel in four tanks that fit right nicely in the float compartments.

 

The engine is a K Model and we have had it redone once so far. It has been a great engine. No problems. It has been very good on oil. We now have over 500 hours and have not had any problems.

 

Although my AME keeps wanting me to upgrade the avionics I have resisted this and try to keep things simple. I don’t do IFR nor do I fly at night although I would like to start doing the latter but not on floats of course!

 

I have had KAI since 1998. It has been the only airplane I have purchased and it has demonstrated that I did not need anything else. And I think that is the point – you really need to look at what kind of flying are you going to do? That is the most important question. Originally, I thought my family would fly with me more often. That did not happen. But I always knew that I wanted to be able to fly way up north to fish and hunt with a buddy and that would take an airplane capable of at least 3.5 hour range as well as the ability to carry stuff. The early model 180’s with the right kind of mods do the job very well while keeping flying and maintenance simple.

 

Would I love a 185 on amphibs with a nice increase in the size of the engine? Hell yes! But then my whole costing and expense envelope would change. So think about the type of flying you are going to do and purchase your aircraft to fit your mission.

 

Hope that helps. Looking forward to see you as an owner in the club. Look me up and call me if you have any questions.

 

Arnold Villeneuve

Web Geek

 

 

 

Change is the end result of all true learning.- Leo Buscaglia

 

From: mailer@mail2.clubexpress.com [mailto:mailer@mail2.clubexpress.com]
Sent: September-28-15 8:37 PM
To: Wanted - Aircraft
Subject: Help finding nice 180 <<$135122475102$>>

 

Hello All

 

I'm a new associate member hoping to become a full fledged member. I am trying to find a nice plane that hasn't been listed on the open market. I do check Barnstormers, T&P, etc daily. 

 

I will consider anything early up to H models. Lightweight with backcountry mods would be great, but I am willing to build one the way I want.

 

Thanks for helping me find a nice well cared for 180.

 

BTV

 
Hello All
 
I'm a new associate member hoping to become a full fledged member. I am trying to find a nice plane that hasn't been listed on the open market. I do check Barnstormers, T&P, etc daily. 
 
I will consider anything early up to H models. Lightweight with backcountry mods would be great, but I am willing to build one the way I want.
 
Thanks for helping me find a nice well cared for 180.
 
BTV
 
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