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Aircraft For Sale / Flying Cadet and Project For Sale
« on: May 26, 2013, 10:55:02 AM »
Unfortunately the time has arrived for me to switch to flying Light Sport aircraft.  Iíll be selling both my flying Cadet, N34782 and my uncompleted project, N29392.  If anyone has an interest in them, please email me for full details.

Parts For Sale / Landing Gear Doors
« on: March 25, 2013, 08:58:25 AM »
There's a pair of Cadet landing gear fairings for sale on eBay at this time.  Here's a link to the item:

Parts For Sale / Beech Roby prop
« on: March 18, 2013, 03:58:32 PM »
I have a Beech Roby prop that I believe is for a Mooney Mite.  The blade diameter is 66"  It appears to be in good shape.

Documentation / Re: Who owns the Culver Cadet Type Certificate?
« on: March 07, 2013, 08:23:54 AM »
Evidently the rules have changed since Harry Fox initially imported G-CDET into the UK.  I corresponded with him on several occasions when he owned it.  At the time he imported it, he was able to license it as a Permit aircraft. (equivalent to our Experimental).

Documentation / Wooden Swift prototype
« on: March 05, 2013, 02:36:51 PM »
Aviation lore has it that the prototype Globe Swift was created by Texan R.S. "Pop" Johnson after he closely examined and measured a Culver Cadet.  Evidently the original Swift prototype was of all wood costruction, with the next prototype having some metal construction in the fuselage.  I recently acquired a Globe Swift brochure bearing a 1944 printing date.  The aircraft it depicts has wood wings with split flaps.  I've scanned lthe brochure and posted it on the website.  Here's a link to the brochure as well as a link to a Swift website page which covers the subject.

Modifications / Re: Changes or add on's to the Franklin 90hp engine
« on: February 13, 2013, 10:16:14 AM »
Before purchasing a lightweight starter or an alternator for a Franklin engine, make sure you can get it blessed by the FAA.  It's possible that the only approved data for the installations are for the 6 cylinder Franklins.

Documentation / Who owns the Culver Cadet Type Certificate?
« on: February 07, 2013, 09:21:02 AM »
I received the following message from the UK and thought that one of our members may have an answer:

Hi Bill,

I am based in the UK and have recently been looking at importing a Culver Cadet project from the states and restoring it over here.

However I have recently come up against a bit of a showstopper in that the aircraft cannot be given a permit to fly on our Light Aircraft Association (UK equivalent of the EAA) as the type is shown as being a certified type under the FAA and under new European legislation a certified type imported from outside of the EU must also be certified within the EU. Unfortunately as the cadet is not certified in the UK already it would cost a huge amount of money to do so relative to the cost of the airplane.

The oddity here is that the holder of the TCDS for the Cadet is listed by the FAA as Superior Aircraft but as far as I am aware this company went bust many years ago. My question to you is, who now holds the TCDS for the Cadet? If we could prove to our authorities that the type is effectively orphaned we may be able to register it under the LAA.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Mark Huxtable

Modifications / Re: Locking Tail Wheel
« on: January 28, 2013, 09:03:01 AM »
I've had two Cadets with full-swivel tail wheels.

My experience has been that if the brakes are working well, the full-swivel version is no problem.  The Cleveland brake conversion would pair up nicely with the original, non-steerable tail wheel. 

Aircraft For Sale / Re: Culver V for sale
« on: January 24, 2013, 03:01:44 PM »
There is now a restored Culver V listed for sale on the Barnstormers website.

Culver General Discussion / PQ-14 article
« on: January 22, 2013, 10:29:28 PM »
Here's a link to an article on a the PQ-14 at the 2012 EAA Fly-In:

Aircraft For Sale / Cadet project for sale
« on: January 14, 2013, 08:59:09 AM »
Bill Johnson's Cadet LCA project, N29393, is now on Barnstormers.  This is the Cadet project in the slideshow on the Culver Cadet website.  The workmanship looks great.  It doesn't have an engine, but a new Sensenich prop is included.  That's about a $2K item, if you haven't priced one lately.  Here's a link to the ad:

Aircraft For Sale / Re: Cadet for sale
« on: January 10, 2013, 09:17:03 AM »
There's a Cadet project newly listed on eBay.  It looks like a lot of work has already been completed and it reportedly has a pair of NOS wings with it.  Here's a link to the listing:;jsessionid=29FCFACFFDD43FA19DC5F3F24FB182A2?item=160953265101&ViewItem=&ssPageName=ADME:B:SS:US:1123&forcev4exp=true

Parts For Sale / Re: Cadet landing gear
« on: November 19, 2012, 11:19:29 AM »
There are some Cadet landing gear springs for sale on eBay.  I'm not certain that they are original factory parts, but they look pretty good.

Culver General Discussion / Re: Culver Photos Wanted
« on: November 15, 2012, 08:39:20 PM »
Joe Burley sent some air-to-air photos of his Cadet.  I've posted a couple of them to the photo page of the website.  They will also appear in the random selection of photos on the home page.

Documentation / Re: Culver V with square wing tips
« on: October 15, 2012, 10:22:51 AM »
I've tried enhancing the photo with PhotoShop.  The numbers are just too faint to recover anything useful.  If anyone has a better copy of the image, we could work on that.

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