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New 170 Owner Introduction

Postby darhymes » Mon Sep 07, 2020 7:17 pm

After a few years of deciding whether or not to buy an airplane, I decided that I wanted (needed, actually) to have a Cessna 170. Along the way, there were other contenders…a couple different J3s, a few Stinson 108s (the majority of my early career was spent flying the 190hp and 260hp variants as a banner tower) a Champ and a few Citabrias. None of them measured up to the long-term reliability, simplicity and usefulness that the 170 offered. With the mission more clearly defined, I started looking seriously at a few 170s. My mind was almost made up on one until a fellow TIC170A member posted his plane for sale in the TradeMart. It looked perfect and I decided that this was the plane for me. Just a few days later, my 10-year old son and I were on our way to pick up our plane and fly it home!

We spent 6 days (25.3 flying hours) and 16 stops getting back to Southern California. Summertime thunderstorms kept us on our toes almost the entire trip, but we had a wonderful time crossing the country low and slow. The hours spent meandering across the US became indelible memories for my son and I. We are both looking forward to some more trips like that one in the future!

Since the purchase (and before) I’ve spent hours perusing this forum, trying to gain as much knowledge of the 170 as possible. I’ve already learned enough to know that there is lot more to learn. Thanks to all of you that have put in the time and effort to helping us trying to care for and maintain these wonderful airplanes.

Thanks, Joe for taking such great care of your plane while you owned it. Thanks also for including the polishing gear with the sale…I don’t need to worry about going to the gym anymore!

I keep N4410B at Cable Airport in Upland, CA. I also spend a lot of time near Westhampton, NY (flying the boss there in the company Gulfstream). I would be happy to meet up with any fellow association members on either coast if schedules work out…

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We found some pretty interesting hangars...
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Fuel stop in Idabel, OK.
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Home at last! At the tie down waiting for the hangar...lookin’ pretty!
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Re: New 170 Owner Introduction

Postby 170C » Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:59 pm

Welcome aboard! "55 is my favorite 170. Hope to meet you at one of our conventions.
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Re: New 170 Owner Introduction

Postby Richgj3 » Tue Sep 08, 2020 11:08 am

Welcome! Next time you’re at FOK, give me a shout. I’m based at KHWV. About 10 miles west. My 52 170B is polished also. Email: richgj3 at aol dot com. Or cell five one six nine zero nine 77 five 7.
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Re: New 170 Owner Introduction

Postby busav8or » Tue Sep 08, 2020 12:01 pm

Wow! I almost teared up there, Dustin, until you mentioned polishing! 8O I knew I had passed 10B on to the right person when, after your first landing as her new owner, Jack (Dustin’s 10 year old son) leaned forward and said, “Dad, I’m really gonna love this plane.”

I know you’ll continue to have fun and make many more memories with her!

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Re: New 170 Owner Introduction

Postby bsdunek » Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:01 pm

Welcome to a great organization. Hope to meet you at the 2021 Convention - if not before. I'm based in SE Michigan.
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Re: New 170 Owner Introduction

Postby GAHorn » Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:35 am

WELCOME, Dustin!
Great pics.... Got more?
(That T33 pic reminded me of Sherman, Tx where a forgotten hangar with that sort of stuff sits.)
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Re: New 170 Owner Introduction

Postby darhymes » Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:26 pm

Thanks for all the warm welcomes! It is really great to have such an active organization to support these birds.

I’m looking forward to meeting you, Rich. Next time we are heading to Westhampton, I’ll let you know.

The T33 was in Camden, Arkansas. The hangar looked very forgotten, but I figured it had made it this far, so felt comfortable with 10B parked in the far corner (away from the permanently open hangar door). I slept pretty well that night even though it stormed for hours. There were a lot of small puddles on the hangar floor the next morning. 10B was safe and dry, though...

Jack really loves our plane and is constantly reminding me of how pretty she is. He also enjoys the comfort of all the seats. They really are great for longer flights! Thanks again, Joe!!


Here are a few more pics from the voyage...

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Jack’s favorite photo of the trip. He thought the T33 was so cool!
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A well-used but very active hangar in Vernon, TX.
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Another shot of the hangar in Vernon. 10B looking pretty in the morning light. Ready for another great day of flying!
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Jack taking the controls for a while. He’s a pretty reliable autopilot as long he’s not hungry...
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Just after arriving home at CCB. My wife and 4-year old met us at the plane with a camera and a bottle of champagne!
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Re: New 170 Owner Introduction

Postby GAHorn » Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:08 pm

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CAPTION: Just after arriving home at CCB. My wife and 4-year old met us at the plane with a camera and a bottle of champagne!

You should certainly KEEP HER!
(The wife also.)
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Re: New 170 Owner Introduction

Postby darhymes » Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:59 am

GAHorn wrote:You should certainly KEEP HER!
(The wife also.)
:twisted:



I think I’ll keep them both! My wife is very supportive of my aviation addiction. Several years ago, I owned a Pitts S1C. She was actually mad at me for selling it! Definitely a keeper!!

Just got back from a work trip a few days ago. Already took the kiddos up for a short flight in smoky SoCal. We are all just loving the 170!
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Re: New 170 Owner Introduction

Postby GAHorn » Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:33 pm

darhymes wrote:
GAHorn wrote:You should certainly KEEP HER!
(The wife also.)
:twisted:



I think I’ll keep them both! My wife is very supportive of my aviation addiction. Several years ago, I owned a Pitts S1C. She was actually mad at me for selling it! Definitely a keeper!!

Just got back from a work trip a few days ago. Already took the kiddos up for a short flight in smoky SoCal. We are all just loving the 170!


LOL!
It was back in 1994 that I owned a C-206 and my wife and I took our 3 young-adult kids to Telluride for a family vacation. I’d been wanting a faster airplane but didn’t have the courage to bring the subject up.
But on the return trip, after a re-fueling/lunch stop at Santa Fe, which turned into the three girls disappearing while shopping ....(after all, it IS Santa FE!)...... By the time our son Tracy and I found them it was dinner-time so we ate and then headed back to the airport around sundown.
Meanwhile a severe Dust Storm developed and we ended up on an IFR flight plan at 11,000’ all the way home to central Texas. When we landed around midnight it was only about a mile of visibility out here in the dark hole of our ranch strip.
Next day, Jamie asked, “I noticed you kept your Sectional Charts in your lap the whole trip home from Santa Fe... Why? You don’t usually do that do you?” (Frankly, I was surprised she noticed I had VFR charts out during an IFR flight.)

I explained to her about flying at night with the entire family in a single engined airplane through a Dust Storm and asked if she’d ever seen the movie “Flight of the Phoenix”...??
She thought about that a moment and then asked, “Do you think we should get a Twin-Engined airplane?”

THAT.... is how I knew I’d definitely married WELL!
We bought a Baron and enjoyed it for the next 5 years, but $10K annual inspections got boring, so when we bought our next airplane.... is how We ended up with the Most Economical airplane I’ve ever owned..!! A recent winner of the Oshkosh Restoration Award... our 170B!

While I definitely miss the speed and handling of that Baron, and I sometimes wish I had the utility and capacity of that 206.... I’ll keep this B-model until I can’t fly it anymore and then hope one of the kids will take it over. It’s a great little aviation-addiction solution!
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