N8483R Was featured in Piper’s Magazine, check it out:
I had been wanting this for years and finally bit the bullet when I saw a good sale come along. I also liked this “Short Stack” version a lot more than the longer classic version. While in there I replaced all hoses, fuel lines, oil lines, and SCAT tubing. I was able to save some money by doing the install myself and having my IA do the final inspection and sign off.
I bought her in December 2004 after having my ASEL Pilots License for two years and renting a multitude of aircraft from local FBO’s. There were so many issues with renting for a weekend and/or flying at night without an IFR Ticket. Restrictions all over the place! The insurance companies mainly got the blame, but it still sucked for a new pilot! I got my license for the freedom, and then found out I had very little, without my own aircraft.
I got on Trade-a-plane.com and found this beauty. With only these two photos (Yes these are the actual size) and a few calls to the owners in Texas, I decided to fly over and have a look.
I basically told them, if it was airworthy and legal… It was going home with me.
These are photos from the flight home from Pearland, Texas
My friend Zoltan went with me and made for a wonderful copilot!