Bought an Ercoupe, now I have to fly it.
Robert Regester 12638
Joined 01/10/2020 - 6 Posts
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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11 Replies
J Killian 1554
Joined 06/29/2017 - 38 Posts
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!
Jordan Gamble 12629
Joined 01/09/2020 - 3 Posts
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? 
Michael Barta 4372
Joined 12/19/2017 - 14 Posts
My dad arranged my first airplane ride in a 1946 Ercoupe in maybe 1958 at age 12.  Sheridan, IN.  I remember lots of details because I was fascinated by aviation.  Still flying!
Matthew Wright 12055
Joined 11/04/2019 - 2 Posts

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? 

I think the sentimental value alone would justify keeping the aircraft but it has to be flown and flown often. If you can find a way to make that happen I would say it's a easy choice to keep it.
Joe Bland 12595
Joined 01/06/2020 - 3 Posts
I had an old friend that bought a 1946 Ercoupe when he was in his seventies. He was hesitant to fly alone as his depth perception was not what it once was. It seemed that every time I went to the airport he would be there asking me to go fly with him. I asked around, but none of our local flight instructors had any Ercoupe time. One cool, calm, and clear day I decided to give it a shot. The Ercoupe is by far the easiest airplane that I have ever flown. That trailing link landing gear makes all of your landings seem smooth, After a few trips around the patch, I went back and picked up my old friend. We spent many happy hours together flying his old bird until his health made it impossible to get in and out of it. I miss his him and his old airplane. They were both classics that will fly on in my memories.
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Douglas Mcfall 4374
Joined 12/19/2017 - 6 Posts
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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Robert Regester 12638
Joined 01/10/2020 - 6 Posts

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.
Robert Regester 12638
Joined 01/10/2020 - 6 Posts

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.  
Robert Regester 12638
Joined 01/10/2020 - 6 Posts

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!
Robert Regester 12638
Joined 01/10/2020 - 6 Posts
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.