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Volume 9, Number 7 August 2, 2008     

Featured Affordable Flying Center aircraft: Aeronca Chief
By Dana Heimos

Few birds offer the blend of classic lines, timelessness and value as the venerable Aeronca Chief, like this one on display at the Affordable Flying Center. Photo by Dave Higdon

The Aeronca Chief is a two-seat, fixed-gear airplane intended as a step up from the 7AC Champion. Designed for flight training and personal use, the Chief entered production in the United States in 1945 and has continued to be a favorite among recreational pilots. The Chief parked outside of EAA’s Affordable Flying Center was built in 1946 and is currently owned by Chris Hiatt of Ponca City, Oklahoma, who currently has the airplane for sale. Hiatt’s Chief features a 65-hp Continental engine, which pushes the aircraft along at 100 mph cruising speed. The wingspan measures 38 feet and the plane weighs 804 pounds empty.

Hiatt, who earned his sport pilot certificate and has since accumulated more than 400 flight hours in two different Aeronca’s, says his Chief is an absolute joy to fly. "The plane has very docile handling," he explains. "Burning about 4.5 gph, it’s a perfect aircraft for sport pilots who are looking for an economical way to fly."

If you are interested in Chris Hiatt’s Aeronca Chief, you can contact him at 580-716-9153.

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