After receiving my PPL Tami and I rented planes and flew around a bit. Was difficult and expensive to rent planes over night so out trips were limited. I finally decided it was time to purchase our own plane and start our new adventures. This is a 1967 Piper Cherokee 235.
Here's the original instrumentation with old, antique gauges and non 6-pack arrangement.
- Collins AUD-250 Audio Panel
- Narco MK-12A COM
- King KT-76A transponder
- KX-155 NAV/COM
- KY-97A Transceiver
- KMA 24H Bendix/King
After all that junk was removed from the plane I was able to start adding newer instrumentation.
Here the new Instruments are in place;
- EAC-1 EGT/CGT/OAT Engine monitor
- VA1A Digital volt/amp monitor
- Garmin GMA345 Audio Panel
- Garmin GNS530W GPS/NAV/COM
- Stratus ESG w/3i ADSB in/out
- Garmin GI-106A GPS/VOR/LOC/GS indicator
Now I can fly this beast! :-)
The plane lived all it's life in New Mexico and Colorado so no exposure to sea salt. When purchasing an older plane this is very important to know the history. Single owner, annuals every year since new, and never sat more than a few months a time. *Good bones
While in the shop had them do some cosmetic surgery as well. Just because it's old it doesn't have to look it! :-)
Replaced all the fuses in the plane with Kilxon 7277 circuit breakers. I didn't want to have to deal with fuses in flight so...
Original 3x3 fuse array and row under the yoke
The engine was another "good bones" item. TBO on the Piper 235 is 2000 hours. The 235hp Lycoming is a derated 260hp engine so it lasts longer. These typically go 3,000 hours.
These specs are why I purchased this plane, very impressive;
Top Speed (Sea Level) 166 (144)
Cruise: 156 (135)
Best Rate of Climb: 100 (87)
Stall Speed (with flaps) 60 (55)
Fuel Consumption (75%): 13 gph
Range (75% at 7,000 ft.) 858
Takeoff over 50' obstacle: 1,040'
Ground run: 600 feet
Landing over 50' obstacle: 1,060'
Ground run: 550 feet
Rate of climb (Sea Level): 825'
Service Ceiling: 14,500 feet
Fuel capacity: 84 gallons
Engine: Lycoming 0-540-B4B5
TBO: 2,000 hours
Power: 235 hp
Wing Span: 32 ft 0 in
Wing Area: 160 sq ft
Length 23 ft 8 in
Height 7 ft 3 in
Wing Loading 18.1 lb/sq ft
Power Loading 12.3 lb/hp
Gross Weight: 2,900 lbs
Empty Weight: 1,435 lbs
Useful Load: 1,465 lbs
Baggage Capacity: 200 lbs