Tuesday, November 11, 2014

What is the cost of owning a War bird ?

Depending how you view it , a war bird will cost you money to maintain it to standards .
If you cut the price of the maintenance, you will get what you pay for.
Pep-boy  charge over $100.00/hr to fix your car. If you have a problem with your car when you driving,
you will put your flashing lights, step on the side of the road and call AAA
When you fly at FL230 and you have a problem ?....
Be realistic, if you want to own a Fouga and you try to save nickel and dimes.... Just get a Cessna 152.
When you see an aircraft at first site to buy it, nice paint job, the seller open the canopy to look inside but not to touch,  not test fly it but offer you just some coffee or a lunch, this is the tip of the iceberg that you can see.
What is under the water line is usually kept in the dark like: real cost to maintain the aircraft,
can the aircraft be certified, hours on the engines, when next parts need to be replaced, who sell parts, at what price , who can overhaul parts and at what cost, who can work on the airplane and do they have knowledge,references where they received the training and proof of the training received ...
If you are not sure, ask around.
It is better to have a second advise than to be forced to pay 1000'$ to have the aircraft in perfect condition.
Every body time is valuable, so do not try to have a meticulous inspection for free unless you find a wannabe fouga mechanic.
Why lawyers are expensive ?  Because they made studies and have knowledge on the law, regulations...
Mechanics are like lawyers. The big difference is that the lawyer will not sign the release of a aircraft where you will be inside at FL270 flying 300 Kts
If you want to go the cheap way, good chance that one day or an other, your airplane will end in the scrap yard.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Borescope inspection .

After doing a borescope inspection on a Fouga with Marbore VI F2, this is what came to my sight:
Right  engine

And left engine

It was past time to replace the engines.
No oil temp rise,  EGT fine, RPM fine, but combustion chamber out of limits.
Engines was replaced and now the Fouga will continue to fly with no problems



Friday, October 31, 2014

Right oil pressure transmitter

Be careful when reinstalling the right engine oil press transmitter



It can prevent full engine power with the linkage hitting the cannon plug


On a short runway, it could have dramatic consequences
This is the way that it is suppose to be:



Check first full travel of the power levers and perform a engines run

Main fuel filter pop out / NEED TO BE TESTED AT EACH ANNUAL OR FUEL FIlTER CLEANING

I did a inspection on a Fouga and this is the indication that the main fuel filter was contaminated

The pop out did his job.
 THE POP OUT NEED TO BE TESTED AT EACH ANNUAL OR FUEL FIlTER CLEANING
If the pop out does not pop out when you push on it from the inside, if your fuel filter get clogged,
the fuel will not be able to bypass the main fuel filter and fuel flow will stop going to the engines and you will have engines shut down due to fuel starvation. 
Be careful that before installing the new filter or clean stainless filter, that the bypass pop out is working and free to pop out and to be reset because some 5606 oil can drop on it (because the hydraulic reservoir is just on the top of it ) and with time the oil dries and become like sticky glue,  that will prevent the pop out to function normally so no way to see if the filter was bypassed or not.


Old paper filter and new stainless fuel filter


After replacing the main fuel filter ( paper filter cannot be cleaned ) everything is
back to normal and pop out retracted


For your information the fuel filter pop out need to be checked every flight.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fuel puddle in the inlet of the engine, smoke in the cockpit, smell of jetA fouga - Paris Jet - CM191

































Old seal braking off like a piece of cheese



If you have a fuel puddle in the inlet of the engine , and some smell of JetA in the pressurization system, or smoke on take off when pressurization is on full hot, you have a good 99% chance that the seal called Mariac seal ( most modification was done by the French Air Force because before it was a o-ring , and some engines still have those O-rings) need to be replaced . That seal was replaced every 5 years at least with the French Air Force.
That seal is on the fuel cutoff valve on the engine fuel pump on the accessory support in the bullet of the engine.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

1959 FOUGA CM170 MARBORE II


 This is the airplane in question flying , not a modified picture.


1959 FOUGA CM170 MARBORE II • $85,000 • OFFERED FOR SALE All new hydraulic, fuel, oil, pressure & static hoses. 15 years inspection performed. All seals replaced on both engines for preventive maintenance. Certified and current in phase II status. Pitot/static/transponder Safety of having two engines ( TBO time 1800hrs ). This is the 2nd Fouga ( I sold the first one 3 years ago ) flying under the new operating limitations Group 5 of the 8130-2G authorized to fly in TCA group B with no radius limitations.Date of new operating limitations issued: 04/01/2014 .Dont invest in a project who would take you at the end a couple of months or years , more money than this Fouga ready to fly to your airport. • Contact Frederic Bourdais - SWIFT AIR INTERNATIONAL, Owner - located San Pedro, CA USA • Telephone: 310-817-9904 .



Airframe Total Time: 8112.5 hrs    11.0 hrs since 15 years inspection 03/2014
Marbore II F3 Left engine: Total time: 4613.1 hrs   1373.6 hrs Since factory overhaul   388.2 hrs since French Air Force overhaul.
Marbore IIF3  Right engine Total time: 5307.7 hrs   1272.9 hrs Since factory overhaul   90.5 hrs since French Air Force overhaul
New everything except the airframe
aluminum polished
MGL touch screen EFIS, 2 radios, transponder, GPS.
Ready to soar the skies at 250Kts cruising speed






Monday, October 13, 2014

A Beaver DHC2 at less than a 1/4 of the price : Broussard MH1521











MAX HOLSTE BROUSSARD MH1521 for sale  • •  •SOLD  SOLD SOLD SOLD 1957 Max holste Broussard for sale.6 seats. Engine P&W 985-AN4. The only Broussard MH1521 certified under the new regulation 8130-2G group 2, allowed in TCA B, carrying passengers, no operational area limitations. No need to reapply for new operating limitations at purchase. Certified/current phase II status. Equipped IFR KX155/KI206. 10 years IRAN performed 02/2011. Hours since IRAN 26.6hours. Landings since new 2549. Engine SMOH 841.8 hours. Propeller 2D30, 46.9 hours SMOH. New interior and seats, camouflage paint, Current annual inspection. Pitot/static/transponder check performed 03/15/2014 • Contact Frederic Bourdais - SWIFT AIR INTERNATIONAL, Owner - located San Pedro, CA USA • Telephone: 310-817-9904 . •