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  1. #1

    New Owner of a Beechcraft

    Welcome Bob!

    Be aware that a 30+ year-old engine that has never been overhauled is
    due for an overhaul now.

    The Sport may have seemed to handle turbulence better than the
    Sundowner because it was probably flying slower than the Sundowner!
    The whole line of Musketeer/Sport/Sundowner handle pretty much
    exactly the same if they are flown at the same weight and airspeed.

    If your landings are too firm, then you should try carrying a couple
    more knots airspeed before touchdown or start your flair a hair
    later. These birds land beautifully, but the airspeed at touchdown is
    the key. Also, your landing gear "donuts" (rubber shock discs inside
    the gear legs) are probably original. Which means they are hard
    aren't providing the proper shock absorbing action.

    Best regards,

    Steve Robertson
    N4732J 1967 Super III

    --- In musketeermail@yahoogroups.com, "rkryscha1966" <rkryscha@k...>
    wrote:
    >
    > Hi all -
    >
    > Looks like I am purchasing a 74 Sport with 1700TT eng and frame
    > (N1991W). Anybody have any insights on these? Things I might want
    to
    > look out for?
    >
    > I have flown a Sundowner and the sport was a little more gentle to
    fly
    > and handled turbulance well, but had a tendency to land hard (just
    like
    > the Sundowner).
    >
    > Being a new pilot and a first time owner, any advice would be
    > appreciated.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Bob
    >







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  2. #2

    New Owner of a Beechcraft

    Five out of seven birds at a recent fly-in had flattened gear cushion disks.
    Hard cushions will make soft landings difficult no matter what you do with
    the plane. There are two checks to make on the cushions (sometimes called
    "donuts" due to their shape).



    1. Have someone watch the plane as it taxies over some bumps. For example,
    you can let one wheel go on the grass next to a taxiway. They will see the
    nose gear travel upwards a bit as it absorbs the bumps (if the nose gear is
    on grass or goes over taxiway bumps). If the main gear aren't doing the
    same thing, to at least some extent, the cushions are hard and flat. On
    many of the older planes, the only cushioning going on is in the tire and
    the wing itself.



    2. Look at the aft pin (aft of the main pivot pin at the knuckle itself).
    The aft pin ties the cushion plate ("compressor plate") to the trailing link
    (lower gear fork). This pin may or may not have flush grease fittings in
    it. If you can't see the center of the pin with the plane sitting level,
    the cushions have flattened out. On many of the older planes, the cushions
    are so hardened and flattened out that you can't see this pin at all,
    without jacking the plane.







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    On Behalf Of rkryscha1966
    Sent: Tuesday, October 25, 2005 2:18 PM
    To: musketeermail@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: [musketeermail] New Owner of a Beechcraft



    Hi all -

    Looks like I am purchasing a 74 Sport with 1700TT eng and frame
    (N1991W). Anybody have any insights on these? Things I might want to
    look out for?

    I have flown a Sundowner and the sport was a little more gentle to fly
    and handled turbulance well, but had a tendency to land hard (just like
    the Sundowner).

    Being a new pilot and a first time owner, any advice would be
    appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Bob







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  3. #3

    New Owner of a Beechcraft

    Welcome to the group; I've got the same plane in Maryland. The
    biggest thing you can do to learn about the plane, pitfalls, costs,
    and resources is to join Beechaeroclub.org. The dues will be saved
    in the maintenance and parts alone.
    Landing is easier with some weight in the back and carrying a bit of
    speed on flare, as you'll learn in the BAC archives.
    Bob Swaim
    N6504R
    --- In musketeermail@yahoogroups.com, "rkryscha1966" <rkryscha@k...>
    wrote:
    >
    > Hi all -
    >
    > Looks like I am purchasing a 74 Sport with 1700TT eng and frame
    > (N1991W). Anybody have any insights on these? Things I might
    want to
    > look out for?
    >
    > I have flown a Sundowner and the sport was a little more gentle to
    fly
    > and handled turbulance well, but had a tendency to land hard (just
    like
    > the Sundowner).
    >
    > Being a new pilot and a first time owner, any advice would be
    > appreciated.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Bob
    >






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  4. #4

    New Owner of a Beechcraft

    I LOVE MY SPORT.

    No baggage pit but its just me and the wife on most flights anyway. Its not
    any faster than a Sundowner but not all that much slower either.

    Jeff Bryant
    Southwest Regional Director
    Beech Aero Club


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    On Behalf Of rkryscha1966
    Sent: Tuesday, October 25, 2005 11:18 AM
    To: musketeermail@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: [musketeermail] New Owner of a Beechcraft


    Hi all -

    Looks like I am purchasing a 74 Sport with 1700TT eng and frame
    (N1991W). Anybody have any insights on these? Things I might want to
    look out for?

    I have flown a Sundowner and the sport was a little more gentle to fly
    and handled turbulance well, but had a tendency to land hard (just like
    the Sundowner).

    Being a new pilot and a first time owner, any advice would be
    appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Bob







    Join BAC today and be a part of the ONLY Type Club for the Musketeer series!

    www.beechaeroclub.org





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