Author Topic: c/n 600, RP-C309  (Read 1333 times)

Doug Johnson

c/n 600, RP-C309
« on: March 13, 2015, 10:04:44 AM »
1 picture check your albums. Please do an internet search maybe you'll come up with one I couldn't find, I need all the help I can get.

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c/n 600, built 08/63 as U-10B s/n 63-13095 for USAF accepted 08/63, t/n “13095” conformity certificate show deviation “built without 120 gal Long Range fuel sys, USAF Air NG until 05/67, USAF Southern Command, 24th Special Operations Wing, 605th Air Commando Squadron, Howard AFB, shipped in a box to Tan Son Nhut AB, Saigon S/Vietnam 01/72, where it was then assembled by CIA personnel Tan Son Nhut AB, Saigon S/Vietnam, and then flown to the US Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Assistant Air Attache Major Kent Goldsmith accident while giving a familiarization flight when attempting to land in crosswind to avoid a thunderstorm left main gear collapsed and aircraft skidded into revetment area near runway @ Pochentong Phnom Penh Airport 3/72, boxed up and flown by C-130 to CCK Air Base Taiwan for repair returned to service in Cambodia and remained at US embassy until 10/75, declared surplus struck off charge, USAF sold as “3095” surplus sale located at Don Muang, Thailand, outside the 70th Aviation Detachment Area, in good condition as N65391 sold 07/76, to W. Rosewald & Bruce McElhoe HI placed in expermental category to show compliance with FARS (demilitarize convert to civilian H-395) sold 04/79, to Tribal Air Communications inc (Air Arm of New Tribes Mission) Grant NE dereg export 09/79, rereg RP-C309 New Tribe Mission of the Philippines Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila Philippines installed Jaars Cargo door certificate of airworthiness expired '90 sold '?, Carl Stevens still registered as of 03/13, pictures show this Helio as a project nearing completion

Carl Stevens was contacted for further information.




« Last Edit: March 20, 2015, 09:42:48 AM by Doug Johnson »
Doug

Namaolen

Re: c/n 600, RP-C309
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2015, 09:33:33 PM »
Found this pic of CN600 nearing completion of a restoration

Namaolen

Re: c/n 600, RP-C309
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2015, 09:35:59 PM »
I would think this is being restored somewhere in the Philippines

Doug Johnson

Re: c/n 600, RP-C309
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2015, 08:11:55 AM »
I checked out the site where Len, found the pictures and sent Carl Stevens an E-mail lots of pictures of c/n 600 there.

    http://fixrfly.smugmug.com/Professional/Helio-Project/465117_FdCbSB#!i=52026950&k=3rtv46K

Carl has a picture drilling out the rivets of the straps that hold the two sides of the Stabilater together for replacment as this is a weak point.

I thought this was only done on the H-391 Stabilator when doing an upgrade to H-395?

Would Jim M or one of the other Helio gurus coment on that?

Doug

jmetzler

Re: c/n 600, RP-C309
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2015, 09:01:08 AM »
H391b and H395 stabilators are the same (391-020-001). When the H395 3800 lb gross weight increase STC is installed the stabilator is changed to the later one, 250-020-001. Jim M

Doug Johnson 1

Re: c/n 600, RP-C309
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2017, 09:48:51 AM »
Jim, M, is it possible to replace the straps in the pic below with thicker ones, on the (391-020-001) stabilator making it basically a (250-020-001) stabilator?

I have decided that the second picture below is probably c/n 600 RP-C309 before it was refurbished.

I had three probable choices RP-C2696, RP-C681, or RP-C309 I enlarged the photo enhanced it and finally decided the faint registry mark was probably RP-C309 as much as I wanted it to be RP-C681 which I don't have a picture of.

Does anyone know if c/n 600 is flying?  Carl Stevens never responded to my e-mails and the site where the photos were is no longer active.

I heard from a friend that a person named Stan ? said RP-C309 is back with, or possible never left the New Tribes Mission.
Can anyone help here?


« Last Edit: November 05, 2017, 09:52:15 AM by Doug Johnson 1 »

jmetzler

Re: c/n 600, RP-C309
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2017, 02:38:38 PM »
Doug, there are other changes as well. the main spar is heavier and some of the ribs are different as well as differences in the center attach plates.

paullapoint

Re: c/n 600, RP-C309
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2017, 02:50:04 PM »
I always wondered why they didn't build the stabilator as a single unit instead of two halves ?  Are Pipers built in two halves also?   Paul

Doug Johnson 1

Re: c/n 600, RP-C309
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2017, 07:48:01 AM »
Here is a recent photo of RP-C309.

Looks like the stabilator is back on but looks like the project is still incomplete.

Ailerons, flaps and a few other things missing, I see it still has only has 60 gal fuel capacity.

I'm not sure how I came by the information that it was sold to Carl Stevens, my understanding now is that he is the in charge of the Philippines arm of The New Tribes Mission.

The History paragraph above should read; certificate of airworthiness expired '90 but still registered as of 03/13, '03 Carl Stevens began restoring this Helio, a picture in '17 shows a project nearing completion.

My understanding is that nothing much has been done to c/n 600 in the last 5 yrs and the New Tribes Mission does most of their aviation work by Helicopter. So their is not much incentive to complete the project.

« Last Edit: November 08, 2017, 07:49:50 AM by Doug Johnson 1 »