In the summer of 2008 the Chapter purchased and is restoring a 1959 Tri-Pacer PA22 N2869Z aircraft, pictured below with Bob, who sold the aircraft to Chapter 240 and then joined the chapter and is actively working on its restoration. Accompanying Bob is chapter member Paul, who has flown the aircraft in the past.
The 0320-150 horsepower engine will be rebuilt, the aircraft re-covered to and offered for sale by the Chapter prior to flight. All required inspections, workmanship standards and close oversight will be part of the rebuild and restoration.
The purpose of the Restoration Project is to utilize and further develop the extensive skills and capabilities of the chapter membership. These include all aspects of the restoration; avionics, welding, brazing, fabric work, doping, painting etc. Members are encouraged to learn new skills and techniques, supervised by skilled and experienced team members.
Chapter members are restoring the PA-22 during Saturdays, starting at 9am and Wednesday evenings, at 5pm. Members and guests are invited to join in the work, under the supervision of Project Leaders John Leslie and Shaw Siglin.
As of February 2009 Work is already underway, with wings being prepared for re-covering. The airframe has been prepared and sand-blasted, and is primed. With the onset of warmer weather dedicated work parties will tackle the avionics and instrumentation, landing gear and engine.
Chapter members working on the restoration
The story continues! Read about our progress in the PA-22 Restoration Blog.