|After obtaining my pilot's license, I would rent various aircraft that I flew during training from |
Lincoln Park Aviation. These Piper aircraft all had low wings, meaning the wing was beneath
the fuselage. Though these types of aircraft are more stable, they also hinder your view
downward. Since my dad & uncle's plane had a high wing, meaning the wing was above the
fuselage giving you a relatively unobstructed view downward, I decided to have a flight instructor
check me out in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk. This is Cessna's most stable and popular
high wing aircraft, and it wasn't long before I was piloting the two different year
models that Lincoln Park Aviation had to offer.
My dad and I would rent a Cessna Skyhawk for the day or part of the day, or sometimes when we
needed speed on our side, we would rent the Piper Archer. As you can imagine, at roughly $80
per hour, this became quite expensive and too restrictive. It was summer of 1996, and after
much airplane searching, we decided to talk to Lincoln Park Aviation about a plane we were
interested in at Lincoln Park airport. Needless to say, after a quick check flight we purchased
a 1964 model Cessna Skyhawk with the original O-300 Continental (145 hp) engine.
Over the years, we had many improvements and modifications performed to our airplane, including
a complete painting in 1997 by Aerostrip, who has since gone out of business. In 2001, we had an
engine conversion performed which replaced our Continental 145 hp with a Factory NEW Lycoming
180 hp. It may not seem like a significant increase in horsepower, but that small amount makes a
very noticeable difference in performance.
To this day, we continue to enjoy the increased airspeed and take-off performance with this new
engine. We loaded the plane with gas engine-powered bicycles and headed to destinations such as
Martha's Vineyard, Fort Ticonderoga, Gettysburg, Cape May and other areas
of interest throughout the Northeast.