My name is Sean Gallagher, I became a Private Pilot in 2002. What I quickly found out, is that renting was not for me. All of the freedom that I wanted, while dreaming about becoming a pilot, was not there while I was a renter. There were so many restrictions about night flying, mountain flying, weekend vacations, etc… So I started looking at ownership. In 2004 I found a plane that struck a chord with me and the timing was right, the money was in place and I was able to make it happen.
Cherokee N8483R is the 1966 Piper aircraft that I purchased. I found her on Trade-A-Plane.com and these were the only 2 photos I had to go on.
I flew down to see her after a few phone calls and was determined, that if she was airworthy, she was going home with me. One test flight with an instructor and I was hooked. Love at first flight, you could say. From my training in Cessna’s this thing felt like a sports car. The wings were short and stubby, I remember thinking on the first flight. But she was the platform I was looking for.
Within these pages you can see a lot of the love and money…that has gone into her.