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Culver General Discussion / Re: S/N191
« Last post by Jason Somes on February 21, 2021, 06:37:44 PM »
Nice to meet you.
Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you with the project.

Culver General Discussion / Re: S/N191
« Last post by Louis Hudgin on February 09, 2021, 12:19:10 PM »

  Sorry for the slow reply. I don't check in very often.

  Congratulations on buying your Culver. I have seen your airplane at the Casa Grande fly in several times and always admired it. I own N29295 S/N 164. It has sat for many years and since I recently retired I hope to get at it in the near future.

  Louis Hudgin
Culver General Discussion / S/N191
« Last post by Jason Somes on October 04, 2020, 03:51:48 PM »
Just bought S/N191 N29398.
Flown it about 8 times now and I absolutely love it!

Maintenance and Repair / Re: Tail Spar Inspection
« Last post by JoeB on September 07, 2020, 01:07:16 PM »
There are two 7/8" thick spars in the horizontal stabilizer, ribs are located as follows: rib 1 centered , rib 2 6 from center, rib 3 11 from center, rib 4 22 from center, rib 5 33 from center, rib 6 44 from center, the leading edge is a 5-ply lamination and then the entire upper and lower surface is covered in 1/16" plywood and fabric.  The horizontal stabilizer is very strong and I have not heard of any failures.
During a thorough inspection of an airframe, the horizontal stabilizer can be fairly easily removed as it is bolted to the fuselage. Remove the elevator trim, trim cable cover and the stabilizer fasteners and off it comes.
I would not open the stabilizer up for inspection unless it sounds (glue rattling around inside), or feels (spongy plywood bond at the ribs), suspicious.
Maintenance and Repair / Re: Tail Spar Inspection
« Last post by Paul on September 07, 2020, 10:11:10 AM »
Joe, thanks for your information. I was wondering how the horizontal stabilizer spar is inspected while on a flying Cadet, does it have to be removed? Have there been accidents due to rear spar failures?

Maintenance and Repair / Re: Tail Spar Inspection
« Last post by JoeB on September 06, 2020, 11:39:36 PM »
Hi Paul,
Without some surgery you're not really able to inspect anything on the vertical stabilizer, I have not heard or know of any issues there. 

You will want to inspect the longerons in the fuselage where the horizontal stabilizer attaches.  These longerons can have broken glue joints from handling or even be broken from over-torquing of the horizontal stabilizer attachment points. Reference Service Memo #12 found here:

While the stabilizer is off the airplane you'll want to inspect/feel the 1/16" plywood bond to the ribs with gentle squeezes and light taps with your knuckles.  Also rotating/shaking the horizontal stabilizer around while off the airplane listening for loose glue rattling around inside there.  If you hear rattling, hopefully it is just the drips of glue that have broken loose from the sides of the ribs.  On my airplane I removed the lower plywood skin to inspect and found loose drips of dried glue and two ribs that had broken glue joints to the plywood. 
Easily repaired but the process is a little time consuming with cleaning, replacing all the loose gussets and everything.  Do it right, when it goes back together it needs to be good for another 80 years!

I hope that helps answer your question!
Maintenance and Repair / Tail Spar Inspection
« Last post by Paul on September 06, 2020, 08:19:10 AM »

I'm new to the Culver Club and not very knowledgeable about these wooden aircraft. How do you inspect the tail spar on a Culver Cadet?


Culver General Discussion / Re: Prepurchase Inspection
« Last post by Paul on September 01, 2020, 03:08:01 PM »

 I'm located in Savannah, Ga. and occasionally I see Cadets for sale so, nothing specific at the moment. I just wanted to have access to knowledgable people to help me when the time comes, I am actively searching.

Many Thanks,

Culver General Discussion / Re: Prepurchase Inspection
« Last post by JoeB on September 01, 2020, 02:49:44 PM »
Hello Paul,
What part of the country are you, or the Cadet you are interested, in?   
Culver specific pre-purchase inspections are tough, only a couple people in the country that I would consider Culver experts and some, if not most, are not A&P IAs!  Obviously the mechanic or shop you are looking for will be familiar with antique wood and fabric airplanes. 
David Pasquale in PA is a Bellanca expert and doing a great job getting a Cadet back in the air.  I have an A&P IA friend that has restored and flown many Cadets that I work with, we are located in Atlanta GA.  We would be happy to travel (within reason) to inspect a Culver for you.  I don't have much experience with shops or mechanics out west so can't really help you if your in that direction. 
Best regards,
Culver General Discussion / Prepurchase Inspection
« Last post by Paul on August 31, 2020, 02:52:15 PM »
Hello All
I'm new to this forum and don't know much about the Culver Cadet's other than they are sweet looking aircraft.

I have owned Stearman's and Waco's and know what to look for when making purchases, not so for Culver's. I occasionally see Cadets for sale and would love to own as close to perfect example as possible.

Are there folks out there that you can recommend for  prepurchase inspections?


Paul M Horovitz
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