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Gipsy Major in a Taylorcraft BC12D

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John Hartgerink
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#1 Posted: 8/11/2010 17:06:19

The English Taylorcraft company added the Gipsy Major engine to the basic Taylorcraft airframe and came up with the Auster. I'd like to do that to a BC12D and make a Replica Auster. As the engine has flown in England on the type would FAA alow it or would I need to do a new STC to fit the Gipsy Major to the BC12D? Checked and no STC's for the engine.

John Hartgerink
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William Gleaves
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#2 Posted: 8/13/2010 17:38:41

John,

It does not address your question, but Auster produced a Lycoming powered version.

Both the Auster Mark IV and Mark V were powered by Lycoming 125 HP engines. Those

were produced for the British Army as spotter planes and had side-facing jump seats in

the back and a lot of plexiglas overhead.

I learned to fly in civilian registered versions in a flying club in Germany in 1954.

Good luck

Bill Gleaves



Tony Turiano
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#3 Posted: 8/22/2010 18:24:50

Dear John:

I may have missed it but I do not see this version as having earned a U.S. Type Certificate. That being the case you could probably proceed if you are willing to surrender the standard certificate on the aircraft and obtain an "experimental-exhibition" airworthiness certificate. This would probably require you to write a letter to your FSDO every year specifying the itinerary of exhibitions...which is really just a formality (i.e. list every airshow an pancake breakfast you ever heard of!).

Do speak to someone that has their act together at your local FSDO before loosening the first screw. Well, maybe the second screw, since I have to ask (as someone that would love to have a Chipmunk or Tiger Moth AND actually fly it regularly), how would you keep this engine serviceable for any length of time? What sort of support is out there?



david simenson
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#4 Posted: 9/4/2010 07:00:45

Dear John,  I have just finished restoring only to taxying condition a 1956 Auster model J1N with a Gispy Major engine.

May a suggest  you may want to purchase an Auster from over here in Australia (they are as "cheap as chips" ) and you are getting the "real thing" without going through the hassell of conversion.    Kind regards   David



Paul Wheeler
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#5 Posted: 9/4/2010 09:18:22
John Hartgerink wrote:

 

The English Taylorcraft company added the Gipsy Major engine to the basic Taylorcraft airframe and came up with the Auster. I'd like to do that to a BC12D and make a Replica Auster. As the engine has flown in England on the type would FAA alow it or would I need to do a new STC to fit the Gipsy Major to the BC12D? Checked and no STC's for the engine.

John Hartgerink
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Hi John,

I would second David Simenson's comment. For what you would pay for an outright purchase of a Gipsy Major, you could get yourself an airworthy Auster here in Australia - not to mention the hassle and expense of  mounts, cowls, etc. Project Austers are even cheaper if you are up for a challenge. Drawings and most parts are still available.

Paul L. Wheeler