Well, I'm not sure if this qualifies as a trip report, because all we did was pull her out of the hangar, start her up, and run her down the runway. The plane, N36N, had sat idle for about 2-3 months. I was going to visit my family at the ranch in Eastern Oklahoma. My dad just finished his dream home on his ranch, and I had been in California since just after Christmas, so I thought I would go see what the new house looks like. My dad was very excited to show me his new showplace, so I told him I would come see him and the new house this past weekend. I happened to be driving by the airport, KJSV (Sallisaw Regional, Sallisaw Oklahoma. Just about 20 miles West of FSM
), when I saw the hangar door open. I noticed my dad's pilot, an ex-Pan Am pilot (727's) working his way around the airport and I decided I would ask him if I could take some pictures of the plane. He said he needed to get it out for an engine start up and invited me to observe the process. Below I will leave you with a video of the event and a few pictures, and some pictures of our little family reunion at the ranch in Eastern Oklahoma. It's rare we get a private aircraft report, so perhaps this will change things up a bit.
A little technical data on the aircraft:
Propulsion 2 Piston Engines
Engine Model Continental TSIO-520-NB
Engine Power (each) 310 hp
max. Cruise Speed 211 kts
max. Speed (vne) 230 kts
Service Ceiling 29.800 ft
Rate of climb 1650 ft/min
Range 481 mi.
Empty Weight 3.924 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight 5.997 lbs
Wing Span 38,1 ft
Wing Area 184 ft²
Length 34,3 ft
Height 12,6 ft
History: Around 1985-1986, my dad wanted to buy an upgrade from his Cessna 210, he decided on the 335 for his county-to-county business trips. It's been a great aircraft for us since then. His previous 210 was registered N36N, but transferred the N-number to the new Cessna 335. This Cessna is one of around 64 built starting around 1980. When my parents got divorced in 1987, my sister and I flew back and forth between my mother's house in Oklahoma City, and my dad's house in Fort Smith, AR
. So I grew up in this plane. In 1992, the original N36N, a Cessna 335, was written off after and accident in Fort Smith involving a Beech Baron aircraft. Our plane had been gassed up, ready to be used, filled to the brim for a flight to South Texas. The pilot of the Beech could not get his engine to turn over, so he put full throttle and pressed ignition. The engine caught before the pilot could throttle back, and slammed into our aircraft, slicing the left tip tank and wing, the tip of the Baron's wing slamming into the nose, destroying the radar, and picking our aircraft up and pushing it back about 20 feet. The Cessna's left wing was shredding like a shark had laid it's teeth into it, and the wing fell limp to the ground. I cannot find pictures of it, but it was pretty bad. Our insurance actually wanted to repair the aircraft, but my dad, at the time, felt uneasy about having a patched on new wing, and opted to total the aircraft after talking with the insurance company, and purchasing an equivalent Cessna 335. (This is the aircraft, also transfered N36N registration to it, that you see in this report). We located one in Panama City, Panama, purchased it, and it was flown to the US. The aircraft was refurbished, in a Maroon, Gray, and white scheme. This plane did a lot of Governor Race campaign stops, and a lot of political trips as my dad was on the Board for several interest groups and the Oklahoma Democratic Convention. I've been in some serious weather in this aircraft as well, and flown a lot of miles in her.
In 2009, the aircraft avionics had a light to moderate upgrade, a new interior refurbishment, and new paint to match our family company logo colors. (The Colors also match Oklahoma State University colors, which, of course, being a football state, was probably planned). I talked my dad into doing a "Ribbon" scheme at the time, as I really liked EL AL's and other airlines.
My dad had been flying it himself, but often hires a pilot to do the major flying, and as he has gotten older, prefers the pilot to fly, though he still takes the left seat at times. He loves to fly, and this plane is what gave me my passion for aviation. It's the first video I have gotten to take of her, and some of the first pictures I've taken, so I hope you all enjoy this non-traditional trip report.
The Aircraft: N36N
And now a video of the plane exiting the hangar, engine start, cockpit and avionics, and an engine run down the runway.
Best in 720p.
The finished house at the ranch and me with some of my family: (The purpose for this trip).
Thanks guys! It was fun!
[Edited 2012-09-23 19:48:29]