get a hold of Mark Seaver at Vantage Plane Plastics. 580-327-1565. I told him of your issue and he may be able to repair ect. Some other contacts indicated what you already knew, this is not a new dilemma.
let me know how it worked out.
I have a 1966 182J that I have owned for 14 years. You could not get a better aircraft for the Taos altitude. The 182 has a few more things to master for a student pilot but the additional engine power will be good to have.
The cabin comfort and extra speed will serve you well to go on long cross countries or climb over the Sangre de Cristos.
As far as age goes let me say from my prespective that you are just a kid and that is far as I will go.
If you have any questions I would be glad to chat with you. Contact Jen at the Cessna Flyer and you will put the two of us together.
This is my first foray into GA group dynamics. I'm a bit old for a student pilot (65) but I've been an avid passenger on a great many Cessna flights - the latest being a trip to the Alaska Interior last August in a beautiful 185 float plane. When I wasn't fly fishing I was bending the ear of the camp owner/outfitter/30 year bush pilot about flying, which is what inspired me to get my license. I recently soloed & am working on cross country skills. I grew up having a WWII bomber pilot as my 2nd Father & we flew a lot. I almost got my ticket in the mid 80's but work & familial discord interrupted that effort. We have here in Taos at present a former CIA/United Airlines pilot with 33,000 + hours of flying experience who also happens to be my CFI. The only rental aircraft was an erratically available Cessna 150 which had a tough time getting the 2 of us off the ground at our elevation of 7091'.....as I hope to fly frequently to visit family in Texas, Alabama, Arizona & Illinois I decided to learn in the aircraft I'll fly...thus my purchase of a gorgeous Cessna 182 Q...1977 vintage with only 2200 hours on the airframe, 1200 left 'til MOH & a recent redo both inside & out.....any insight/advice fellow members want to send my way is welcome. All the best....John Wilson
3 months ago
Hi John, Welcome to the Cessna Flyer Association. Great story about your flying experiences and just goes to show that you're never too old to "live your dream"!