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Bought an Ercoupe, now I have to fly it.
So far the purchase has consisted of replacing the nose tire/tube and replacing the fuel for a ferry flight to an IA.  It sat for 2+ years.  I had to sign off on the ferry flight as an A&P but I would not consider myself to be an expert A&P by any means since it has never been my main job and I got it back in the 70s.  Had an acquaintance ferry it for me because my insurance requires 5 hours before I can be PIC.  Inspection is just about done and will need another favor to fly it to an airport where there is an instructor that used to own an Ercoupe.  After that I can fly it to the airport where I will hanger it.  It is in pretty good shape but had to replace the left exhaust stack and muffler.  I have all the records back to 1946.

So, I am looking forward to getting back in the air after a 30 year hiatus when I owned a Cessna 150.  Flying has been in my blood since I was 16 when I took my first flying lessons in various aircraft an old man would borrow to give lessons in.   First lesson was in a Taylorcraft and second in a Luscombe.  I didn't get my license until I was in my 30's with the 150.  $$$ has always been the issue.

As a teenager I lived in Rockford, IL where the EAA fly in used to be held.  I remember a trio Breezy's flying over the house.  Rode my bike out to the airport and at that time it was ringed by snow fences and there were a total of 4 warbirds.  The 'guard' at the fence saw me and just waved me in.  My uncle got Sport Aviation from the EAA and gave them to me when he was finished. I was hooked at an early age.  

Looking forward to taking my daughter up again after 30 years.  Looking forward to flying where ever I can.

The Cessna I owned now in Tupelo, MS.  Just found the original operators manual and sent it to the owner.

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My new 1946 Ercoupe

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I was building time in a Cub and a Champ when a nice fellow with a 1946 E-415C started letting me fly it also. I really loved the sort of open cockpit arrangement but nearly wore a hole in the floor for awhile trying to straighten it out to land. It was a different sensation but I really enjoyed it. I hope you have a blast with yours!
The IA that I used taught A&P at Perdue and found an AD that had not been complied with.  I bought a new left exhaust stack and a used muffler from my ferry pilot.  He had three.  All in all the IA said it is in great condition and runs like a clock.

J Killian:
Welcome back to flying.  I had a hiatus from it and found it easier than I had expected to get back to a comfortable level.  Good purchase and Good Luck!

Just out of annual.  Thursday is planned to fly it to the airport I will get my hours for insurance.  After that I can be PIC.  Looking forward to $100 hamburgers!

Douglas Mcfall:
Great plane Robert, I learned to fly starting in April 1972 at age 14 by mowing the terminal yard once a week for a half hour lesson in the airport Managers Alon A-2 Aircoupe (N6580Q), she was not only the airport manager but a CFI as well. In the early 90s I tracked down that Aircoupe and bought her from the 94 year guy who bought it from my CFI's estate (She died of a brain tumor in 1975). I just sold it a couple years ago to another early student of her's, so we have kept it in her student family. She was one of the few female CFI's back in the 60's and 70's (Phyllis Sullivan) and believed in teaching stick and rudder skills (This Alon had rudder peddles). Anyway if you have not already you will want to join the Ercoupe Owner's Club EOC. Best resource for the Ercoupe line. Good luck and take care of her, they just are not making them anymore. By the way with Phyllis in the back of my mind I went on to obtain my CFI in 1986, and kept active ever since.

My ferry pilot owns 7 Ercoupe’s.  The CFI I will use to get my 5 hours for insurance used to own one.  

Jordan Gamble:
My grandpa gave me an Ercoupe when he pasted.  I'm trying to find a way to afford owning it.  What logic did you use to justify the decision? 

Well for me it was reaching 66, still working full time, and collecting Social Security.  30 years ago I had a 1/2 interest partner.  In between I really could not afford one alone.
Great plane Robert, I learned to fly starting in April 1972 at age 14 by mowing the terminal yard once a week for a half hour lesson in the airport Managers Alon A-2 Aircoupe (N6580Q), she was not only the airport manager but a CFI as well. In the early 90s I tracked down that Aircoupe and bought her from the 94 year guy who bought it from my CFI's estate (She died of a brain tumor in 1975). I just sold it a couple years ago to another early student of her's, so we have kept it in her student family. She was one of the few female CFI's back in the 60's and 70's (Phyllis Sullivan) and believed in teaching stick and rudder skills (This Alon had rudder peddles). Anyway if you have not already you will want to join the Ercoupe Owner's Club EOC. Best resource for the Ercoupe line. Good luck and take care of her, they just are not making them anymore. By the way with Phyllis in the back of my mind I went on to obtain my CFI in 1986, and kept active ever since.
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