Our 152 is a great little IFR trainer for pilots under 180 pounds. It is equipped with dual Garmin G5's (mini glass cockpit) plus King and Garmin navcoms and GNS430 (WAAS) GPS, as well as a King ADF. The 141 horsepower LyCon rebuild engine wastes no time getting to altitude for multiple instrument approaches. Powerful enough to not take forever to get to altitude, but slow enough that you are not frustrated trying to keep up learning the skills!
Our most recent addition is Captain America (2559U), a 1963 C-172. "Cap" comes from the Reno area, and is a nice low airframe time 1963 172 with basically the same King & Garmin radio package as the rest of the planes. If you like moving maps, you will love Cap. He has two Garmin GPS's! Cap is a day/night VFR (private pilot license training) airplane.
The other 172 is Ray (8101X), powered by a new LyCon rebuild 163 horsepower engine, giving him more power than the standard 0-300 engine. Ray is a perfect choice for your instrument training needs, should you be a bit of a tight squeeze into the 152.
Another of our planes which is powered by a new LyCon rebuild engine is our 182 "Mike". His panel includes dual GPS in the form of a Garmin GNS530 and a Garmin GNS430 (waas), dual Garmin G5's, a JPI EDM900 complete engine monitoring system, and a Lynx 9000 touchscreen transponder. Now with traffic on both the 430 and the Lynx, in addition to the nice panel and this new 264 horse engine, Mike is AMAAAA-ZING!
The Stinson's new 165 hp Franklin engine is broken in and he is flying without restrictions now.
We sent the Franklin to Southern Aero, Franklin specialists, for a complete overhaul. This new combination of engine and airframe is among the lowest total time of any Stinson in the country.
Franklin engines are rare in general aviation, but they are an excellent engine, very rugged and smooth running when balanced properly. After WWII, the wartime factories went back to their normal production lines, and Continental and Lycoming ended up monopolizing the general aviation market. This left Franklin to be an extremely high quality and well designed engine,
but not the market-share powerhouse engine that Lycoming and Continental engines became.
"Hank" (65H) is available for tailwheel endorsements and dual instruction. (No, we cannot rent him out solo.) Tailwheel time is great skill builder, and we encourage all the primary students to get a couple lessons in the taildragger to give them an even more rounded training experience. If you have been thinking about adding a new endorsement to your license, give us a call.
Our planes are equipped with ADS-B IN and OUT, meaning you can see the live traffic on the GPS screen. A VERY valuable tool at Idaho's busiest airport! (The Stinson is equipped with ADS-B out, and "-in" traffic is seen on the iPad on the panel.)
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"Ray", the 1961 Cessna 172B. Panel: Garmin GNS430W (WAAS) GPS/navcom, (#1 CDI is a Garmin 106A, GPS or VOR/LOC glideslope) Narco Mk 12D navcom (#2 CDI is VOR/LOC glideslope); PS Engineering 6000B audio panel; Garmin GTX345 xpdr; dual PTT's; Stratus panel installed 2-port USB charger; ADS-B "in" and "out" compliant, live traffic and weather* available on the GPS screen. Ray also has new glass all the way around, upholstery and paint, all in 2016, and in 2020 a firewall forward, ported and polished LyCon overhauled engine, with more power than factory new. $125/hour
The Mighty Juliette Yankee! The King & Garmin panel on our IFR trainer 152 includes: GNS430W (WAAS) (#1 CDI is an HSI); KX-155 navcom (#2 CDI is VOR/LOC glideslope); dual Garmin G5's, electronic flight instruments ('mini glass cockpit'); KR-87 ADF; dual PTT's, GMA342 audio panel (has instant play back of received calls); Garmin ADS-B 'in & out' (live traffic and weather* on GPS screen) $110/hour
The 152 panel
Aircraft was inside a hangar at time of photo
2559U "Cap" (for Captain America!) is a 172D, and has the WAAS GNS430 like the rest of the planes, plus he has an additional Garmin 496 GPS unit with a very nice moving map display, Garmin GMA 340 audio panel, a King KY197 comm radio and a Stratus panel installed 2-port USB charger. Cap is a day/night 'VFR only' aircraft, with a single VOR, and is perfect for all of your private pilot training. Cap has ADS-B in and out, with the traffic displaying on the screen of the Garmin GNS430W unit. Cap rents for $125 per hour.
1610M "Mike" C-182P. Garmin GNS530, GNS430W, Dual Garmin G5's, PS Engineering 6000 audio panel, JPI EDM 900 total engine monitoring system, Lynx 9000 transponder (touch screen, weather, winds aloft, ATAS traffic utilizing ADS-B in and out), Stratus panel installed 2-port USB charger, Mike has a brand new LyCon overhauled engine, ported and polished and testing out at 264 hp. The C182 is for dual training only for high performance sign offs. $175/hour
65H "Hank" - a 1947 Stinson Voyager 108-2 with a total airframe time of less than 1700 hours since new. Newly overhauled Franklin 165 hp engine. With a Garmin GNS430, VOR/LOC glideslope CDI, and an Appareo ESG transpoder (ADS-B out), ForeFlight on the iPad mini (ADS-B in) and a Stratus panel installed 2-port USB charger, this is a unique and well-equipped taildragger. (We have actually shot ILS and GPS approaches in this Stinson. Big Sky Approach says "say again type?" when we call in for instrument approaches!!) The Stinson is for dual training only for tailwheel sign offs. $130/hour
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The * is to warn pilots that NO weather is real live time. There is ALWAYS a delay, which can be as high as 8 minutes or more. NEVER get too close to weather, based on what you see on a screen. a