I have been in search of a taildragger of some sort and over the last few months I have asked questions about various airplanes, desirables
in said airplanes and opinions in general. I want to thank all of you for their input, opinions and such. I probably looked at 10 airplanes in person, Tulsa Super Cub, McAllen for Husky's, Dumas, AR a Maule M4, Lake Providence, LA a Scout, a C185 in Texas
and 3 Cessna 180's in Houston, Marquette, MI and Buffalo, WY. I probably talked with at least 15 other owners with aircraft for sale. Along the way I have met some really wonderful people and have discovered that this type of flying, in this type of airplane
is a pretty small world. Lots of fun. In the end, my 6'5" frame narrowed the field considerably.
I have settled on a very nice 1954 Cessna 180 and will pick it up in a week or so. Soon I will be asking more questions about that,
but for the time being please know that I appreciate all of the feedback.
Thank you and come see the newest back country airfield brought to you by the RAF. Trigger Gap Airfield, 3 miles south of 4M1 in NW
Arkansas. On Pension Mountain, near the Kings River, 8 miles from the very cool Victorian village of Eureka Springs, AR. And let me know you are coming, we will roll out the red carpet for you......well sorta.
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Harper Goodwin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
To: Wanted - Aircraft
Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2016 10:38
Subject: Compare early/late model 180s?
I am a new
member and have decided to purchase a taildragger to access the many back
country airstrips in NW Arkansas with 1 or 2 trips out west a year. Camping,
fishing and just having fun kind of stuff. I own a T210 which I will keep for
going efficiently from A to B. I have recently flown a 1956 180 and loved how
light on the controls it was and how nice it flew. The 180 is probably going
to be the airplane for me (don't need a 185) but I am still looking at Maule's
and 170B's. Any thoughts on those competitors would be
appreciated. Anyway a few specific questions please:What
is the real difference between the 180 and 185 fuselage?Pros/cons of the
180 fuselage as opposed to the 185?Do they fly that
differently?What year/model was the elevator down spring
added? Would you rather have one with the down spring or not?Does
it fly that differently?Seems as though there are a couple of back
seat options. Normally we would have the back seat out for camping gear and
such. Is the seat easy to take out? Do most have that upper tray behind the
back seats? Is it easily removed?So far the undisputed desirables are
pull handles and pponk gear upgrade. Any other suggestions?I am
looking at all of the for sale online sites but if anyone knows of a good 180
I would be happy to hear about it. I don't feel I need anything but the stock
engine and don't mind doing an upgrade or two but not looking for a "bargain"
that I have to put a lot of money into. Thanks in advance.
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