Our 152 is a great little IFR trainer for pilots under 170 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 very low airframe time 1963 172 with basically the same King & Garmin radio package as the rest of the planes. New this winter, Cap now has a zero time LyCon 0-300 engine. Equipped with Garmin (dual GPS) and King, Cap is a day/night VFR (private pilot license training) airplane.
Our other 172 is Ray (8101X), powered by a LyCon rebuilt engine, and like Captain has more power than other standard 0-300 engines. Ray is a perfect choice for your instrument training needs, should you be a bit of a tight squeeze into the 152. Recently upgraded at Jackson Jet Center, he now has dual WAAS GNS430's and dual G5's.
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! A perfect plane to do your High Performance training in. Coming in winter of 2023, "Mike" will be upgraded to a TAA (technologically advanced aircraft) so he will be available for all of your Commercial required 10 hours of TAA time.
We sent the Stinson's 165 hp Franklin to Southern Aero, Franklin specialists, for a complete overhaul in 2020. 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.
"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: Two Garmin GNS430W's (WAAS) GPS/navcoms, Two Garmin G5's (mini glass cockpit), one G5 is an HSI and the other is the PFD, #2 CDI is a Garmin 106A, (GPS or VOR/LOC glideslope) ; JPI EDM730 digital 6 cylinder engine monitor, 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 newer glass all the way around, leather upholstery (2022) and paint, and a recently ported and polished LyCon overhauled engine, with more power than factory new. $150/hour
2559U "Cap" (Captain America) is a 172D, and has the WAAS GNS430, plus he has an additional Garmin 496 GPS unit with a moving map display, Garmin GMA 340 audio panel, a King KY197 comm radio, JPI EDM 730 6 cylinder digital engine monitor, a Stratus panel-installed 2-port USB charger, and a new interior. Brand new this winter is a new LyCon ported and polished 0-300 engine, giving Cap more power than normal 0-300 engines. 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 $150 per 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); JPI-EDM 700 4 cylinder engine monitor, Garmin ADS-B 'in & out' (live traffic and weather* on GPS screen) $140 per hour
1610M "Mike" C-182P. Garmin GNS530, GNS430W, Dual Garmin G5's, PS Engineering 6000 audio panel, JPI EDM 900 total engine and electrical system monitoring, 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. This is one of the prettiest 182's out there. $190/hour
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65H "Hank" (aka Homer Stinson :D ) - a 1947 Stinson Voyager 108-2 with a total airframe time of only appx. 1800 hours since new! Newly overhauled Franklin 165 hp engine, EGT and CHT, radios include a Garmin GNS430, VOR/LOC/GPS glideslope CDI, and an Appareo ESG transpoder (ADS-B out), panel mounted ForeFlight on an 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. $150/hour
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