Pundy wrote:Ok, a few responses to some of the questions/comments.
The owner states it's legal as an amateur built exp. He says the only time I have to worry about it is if I am flying into an airshow, in which case I have to notify the Feds 24 hours prior. Does that make sense?
It has a constant speed prop. I'll likely have to change the gear. The flap gaps are removable. He says that all the mods are legal by the Feds and that includes the up-gross.
The requirement of 24 hours prior notice to fly in to an airshow should light up ALL kinds of alarm bells. That would SUGGEST that the airplane is NOT in the Experimental, Amateur Built category, but rather in one of the other (Airshow and Exhibition) categories of Exp. To be LEGAL, those airplanes cannot be flown just anywhere--like to the back country.
Get the registration number of the plane, and do a search on the FAA database. Specifically look for the certification category.
Finally, if the airplane is legal according to the owner in the Exp/Amateur Built category, how can all the mods and the GW be FAA approved???
That engine is not likely to go to TBO, and as someone pointed out earlier, the TBO is LOOWWWW on those engines. Spell maintenance hog.
I would RUN, not walk, away from that one, unless I got some really heavy assurances from the FAA that this thing is in fact what he purports it to be. And, with that engine, I'd still walk away from it, even if it was what he says it is.
You've got yourself convinced that you NEED a 180. Sell the 182 and buy a 180. All you're doing now is wasting bandwidth