Thank you for joining us at the first AOPA Fly-in of 2016!
Beaufort, North Carolina at Michael J. Smith airport
Visit us at Booth #29
If you’ve been to an AOPA Fly-In, you know what these fun grassroots gatherings are all about. If you haven’t, you’re in for a real treat. New fly-in destinations. Hundreds of aircraft, old and new. Aerobatics from some of the best in the business. Dozens of exhibitors featuring their latest cockpit boxes and technologies. And speakers that make you laugh and think. Can you think of a better way to spend a Saturday than with family, friends, great food and all things GA? Neither can we! So fly, drive, thumb, ride your bike – whatever you have to do to get there, get there. Meet old friends, make new ones, and rediscover what makes aviation and its people so special.
His dad learned about an available wreck that had crashed shortly after takeoff in Ketchikan some 40 years ago. N2771C, a Cessna 170B on floats, was in storage in nearby Lynnwood, Washington, so after checking it out, Kyle acquired it and had it trucked back to 74S.
Throughout high school, Kyle said he would take a bus to the airport after school and work on rebuilding the Cessna he’s nicknamed Charlie. He has re-skinned 80 percent of the fuselage and 100 percent of the wings and tail surfaces. The major portion left on the project is firewall forward and paint.
Kyle sold the plane’s original 145-hp engine and the floats to help defray the cost of his project. With the help of Dave Stoots, owner of Stoots Aviation in Fairbanks, Alaska, Kyle obtained a more powerful IO-360 engine from a Diamond DA40. Stoots owns the supplemental type certificate for new IO-360 installations in Cessna 170 aircraft. The powerplant will turn a two-blade, 80-inch Hartzell constant speed prop.
“I was introduced to aviation at a young age and I remember the smile was on my face for a long time after my first flight,” Kyle said. “That’s the best thing about aviation – sharing it.”
Kyle is very appreciative of the support he’s received in restoring N2771C. Anyone who is interested in learning more, or following along during the project’s home stretch, can visit 2771C Progress on Facebook.
Today (March 29th, 2016) we set off for The Sun N Fun in Lakeland, Florida! We will be starting our journey in Washington, making our way through Idaho, Montana and beyond. Leave a comment if you see us!
We had a great time at the 50th Annual Tennessee Mid-South Aviation Maintenance Conference and the 27th Annual International Women In Aviation Conference!
The month isn’t over yet – don’t forget this Saturday, March 26th, Kids can watch the Easter Bunny Land at Spencer Aircraft around 10am and will take photos for Free with children until 1pm.
And get yourself some FREE CANDY with photos!