Sign in to follow this  
Guest Dan_P

1st flight in a Navion

Recommended Posts

285hp IO-520, constant speed prop, retractable gear. What the FAA calls a "high-performance, complex" GA airplane. If you don't know, this was orinally built by North American Aviation, and is like a 4 place, under-powered P51 Mustang (same laminar-flow wing, I think). When we made our cross-wind turn north, the owner said "your plane". I flew it north way past I-40, headed straight toward "the San Franciso Peaks", climbed to 9500' to get over the "little guys", and turned toward home. 1.2 hour flight. Easy 175 mph cruise.Turned it back to "the pilot" for a straight-in approach from Mingus Mt. Great flight, great plane, great pilot. He greased the landing, after having not flown since Oct. 30 due to a hernia operation.But, on the other hand, he's owned this plane for 28 years. The paint is 26 years old since he restored the plane, and near perfect.It's beautiful, folks. The picture doesn't do it justice.http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/53767.jpgTurning crosswind (north) from KPRC. I took over right after the photo.http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/53768.jpgTurning south and heading home after the San Franciso Peaks.http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/53769.jpgShort final, after the tower handled a Cessna "does not respond to radio calls" problem.http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/53770.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Help AVSIM continue to serve you!
Please donate today!

Dan, you sure are getting lots of air time these days. Makes you want to throw rocks at these simulators, huh?That's a lovely looking Navion. The little I can see of it's nice interior makes me think it was recently refurbished.One of our local pilots had one for a short while. Called it "Big Bird". Took a couple of short flights with him. Roomy inside! I remember also that the rear seats were elevated...higher than the front seats. Gave the folks in the back a good over the shoulder look at the panel and nice all around visibility.His was not nearly as fast as your friend's plane and certainly not as good looking. But, he didn't have the same horsepower. Frankly, I was surprised at how slow it was. It must have been one of the early models that had not had a power upgrade...may have had only the 205 hp. Joehttp://myweb.cableone.net/joesumralliii/hook5.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this