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N82925 - 7AC Based at 5I4


  • Regular Club Member: $114 per hour (wet)
  • Associate Club Member: $119 per hour (wet)
  • Flying Squirrel (EAA): $104 per hour (wet)

Restrictions and Requirements

  • Student Pilot w/tailwheel endorsement.
  • $30K Minimum Required Hull Damage. /
    $30K Maximum Liability.
  • Minimum 15 hours tailwheel time.
  • Initial checkout 1 hour minimum.
  • Currency 1 hour/month (any tailwheel) or CFI checkout.

Preheating (Winter Ops)

  • Preheat the plane when the temperature is 40 degrees or below.
  • Apply heat about an hour before your flight.
  • Be sure the fuel valve in the plane is in the off position.
  • Place heater under cowling as shown.
  • Cover cowling with blanket as shown.

Winter Ops and Preheating

Step by Step Procedure:

  • PREHEAT:  No preheat then forget it.  For best results electric style heaters need to be on for 1 hour prior to flight.  Gas heaters 20-30 mins and do not leave gas heaters unattended.
  • Pull prop through 8 times with throttle CLOSED.  This sucks fuel into the cylinders.  When you see fuel drip out the bottom of the cowl you should stop pulling the prop.... you've effectively primed the engine. 
  • Carb Heat on.  Leave on until just before take-off.
  • 2 strokes on primer and leave out, ready to add more as it's running.
  • Ignition on Left Mag Only.
  • Throttle still closed, carb heat still on, pull prop to start. Do not pump throttle!  Do not push throttle foward!  Keep throttle closed!Use primer as necessary to keep running.  Once started mags on both.
  • If you go to taxi and the engine starts to quit then DO NOT ADD THROTTLE.  Matter of fact just the opposite, if engine starts to quit then pull throttle back to the stop.

Very seldom will this technique not work.  If it doesn't work then either it's too cold to fly or the airplane needs some work.

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