Author Topic: c/n 1715 N68885 sold  (Read 6676 times)

Doug Johnson

c/n 1715 N68885 sold
« on: November 22, 2014, 11:09:52 AM »
Found yet another Helio for sale this ad is only a month old.
« Last Edit: July 24, 2021, 10:39:17 AM by Doug Johnson »

Doug Johnson

Re: c/n 1715 N68885
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2015, 12:14:10 AM »
I was just informed by Jim Meier that he purchased the Hellio and he's blaming it on me.

But I believe its his own fault.

I just updated my list it shows this is his third Helio and he owns 2 now.

Maybe he's going to put the other one on float ?



Re: c/n 1715 N68885 for sale
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2015, 12:40:46 PM »
I grew up in this Helio!  My Dad, Fred Hyde had a tail dragger (N5464E) from 1967 to 1974, then traded for N68885 tricycle gear when my Mom and Sister were learning to fly.  We lived in the Kansas City area - used State Line Airport (now no more) for the tail dragger, and moved to Johnson County Executive for a hanger to fit that tall tail.  My sister flew more hours than I, as she went to college and settled in Lawrence Kansas.  I was checked out in it when I started in college, but only put about 15 hours on the Helio. We took numerous family vacations in both Helios - up to Canada and Alaska, California, Nova Scotia, and my sister went with the parents to Latin America and South America as an adult.  Dad choose a Helio, so he can transport us 4 kids and land on the pasture on my grandparents farm in Central Nebraska near the sand hills.  Take off downhill and land uphill full throttle to get up the hill.  He once tried taking off slightly uphill in a strong wind in the tail dragger, but took out two rows of barbed wire fencing!  Old wire - it broke.  Attached picture my Dad - Lawrence Layton (Fred) Hyde with the hat and beard and Uncle Gordon (retired air force pilot - B-52 instructor).

Doug Johnson

Re: c/n 1715 N68885 for sale
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2015, 02:01:18 PM »
Mark, thanks for picture of 1715. I have a picture of c/n 2520  N5464E is it yours.

c/n 2520, built 09/65 as model H-250 original registry N5464E Gus Bullock Jr (AGB Corp) VT '66, Dr. Lawrence (Fred) Hyde KS (1st of 2) accident with a 60o left crosswind at 11 knots, gusting to 21 knots, the pilot improperly rounded out making a hard landing and collapsing the gear @ Leawood-State Line Airport KS 4/68 install 120 gal LR fuel system sold '74, James Magowan AK accident the pilot misjudged clearance on take-off from a soft runway and collided with wires/poles during the initial climb @ Palmer-Four Corners Airport AK 1/77, sold rereg N1XV (XV is for S/Vietnam registry prefix) Ron Sutphin rebuild sold '80, Ralph Sievers MT rereg N55XV accident aircraft ground looped during the take-off run after the pilot was unable to maintain directional control due to the tail wheel lock failing to lock the tail wheel @ Baker MT 10/80 sold '81, Dean Tremain, J.W. Fowler, & A.E. Corsini (The Company) KS sold '82, Walter Weber CA sold '83, Robert Graves CA sold '84, Paul Porter CA accident the aircraft bounced upon landing in calm wind conditions and the left main gear broke off whereupon the aircraft ground looped to the right. Inspection revealed rust on both sides of the gear strut about 6'' below the fuselage where a brace is welded to the strut. The area was hidden from view by paint @ Palm Springs CA 1/85, next accident the pilot executed a full flap 40mph landing. After touchdown the left main gear lifted off the runway and the pilot was not able to lower it using rudder, brakes, & aileron control. No attempt was made to use power to regain directional control as the aircraft ground looped to the left. The right main landing gear collapsed inboard. All landing gear fractures were due to overload conditions. The wind was from 30o left of the runway heading, at 7 kts @ Imperial CA 6/85, dereg '89 as totally destroyed or scrapped El Centro, CA



« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2015, 10:08:36 PM »
Would love to hear more of the history of s/n1715 N68885 as I'm now only the 3rd owner since 1974.
Best, Jim Meier