Time for the next chapter…

by Bill ~ August 25th, 2017

Yup, it’s time to go flying again.

Landing at Bay Bridge Airport

Coming soon…more details when it’s a done deal.

But, yes, I will always miss the ol’ Ercoupe. I used to joke about flying an airplane 6 months older than me. I may soon be able to say that what I’m flying is 738 months “newer” than I am. 🙂 



LSA Ercoupe For Sale – SOLD

by Bill ~ July 30th, 2013

Ercoupe Nose Cowling

415-C, Serial number 2992, first flight on August 16, 1946 (log books are complete back to the initial test flight). Total time airframe: 2865. Engine time SMOH: 860. Compressions of 74, 72, 78 76 at last annual.

A recent change in lifestyle has just convinced me to put my ‘Coupe on the market. The airplane is a 1946 415-C Ercoupe, is Light Sport eligible and has the 1320# Gross Weight STC installed. The Weight & Balance Sheet lists current weight at 886.1 lbs, leaving a useful load of 433.9 lbs. There are several photos here at www.TakeoffsAreOptional.com. (Note: this was originally posted in April, 2013 but updated on 07/30/13. I didn’t “officially” put it on the market until it had a new annual. The July Annual was completed with the two latest ADs performed and the landing gear rebuilt – including new tires and “donuts” at a total cost of $3186)

– Ercoupe Photos from 4/21/2013: Ercoupe For Sale – CLICK
Wing Recovering Pictures from 5/2011: Ercoupe Wings – CLICK

Price: $ SOLD

Note: The photos include exterior, interior, engine, panel, prop (overhauled in 2009) and the “Bruce” Covers (cockpit/cowling is in OK shape, wing covers are brand new/unused).

The engine is a 75 HP Continental (C-75-12). Some folks search for a ‘Coupe with an 85. I won’t go into all the differences but will suggest you do some research about what those differences may be. From my basic understanding, the 85 uses the same block as the 75, has a larger carburetor jet and is “allowed” to turn faster. It must use a shorter, slightly less efficient propeller. End result should be a slightly better climb, slightly better cruise and a slightly higher fuel burn. (Fred Weick, designer of the original Ercoupe was said to have been a “propeller genius.” He later went on to work for William Piper and helped design the original Piper Cherokee.)

Wings were recovered in May of 2011 (by a true old-time professional) and have never been outdoors other than while flying and since I moved it to Harford County, MD (0W3) for Annual. Both aileron control horns were replaced with new ones from Univair while the wings were off for recovering. (One horn was cracked – there is a known problem with these going bad so I had them both replaced.) May annual, which this year took until July to finish (waiting on parts for the latest AD). Upgrades include 1320# STC, Tanis heater (which is wonderful for winter flying in the mid-Atlantic), Cleveland brakes, spin-on oil filter, auto gas STC (I have never used auto gas). Nice paint – new on wings (of course) and nose bowl, which is also new. Airtex interior (about 10 years old).

Ercoupe departing from Runway 19 at 0W3, Harford Count Airport

Asking price = $ SOLD


Contact Bill [at] Orioles [dot] org or via “comment” on this posting.

Ercoupe 415-C - Light Sport - For Sale


Ercoupe Owners Club members meet for lunch

by Bill ~ November 29th, 2012

Crabcake at Kay's Restaurant at the Cambridge AirportWell, at least three members of the Ercoupe Owners Club had a lunch fly-in at Kay’s Restaurant at the Cambridge, Maryland Airport (CGE). Sooo…why the picture of the crabcake (with fries and slaw) in an airplane post? One of the reasons for gatherings such as this is to share lunch along with the “Ercoupe camaraderie” coalesced by owing a unique antique aircraft.

There is [very] little activity in the local district of the Ercoupe Owners Club so a few of us are determined to use our aircraft to meet up with other like-minded pilots. It is, indeed, interesting and FUN to see differing examples of one of the most advanced general aviation airplanes ever developed (Disclaimer: for it’s time period, 1938-1946, anyway).

The day was sunny and cool, as forecast, but the winds were about double the forecast – 10G16 –  and [of course] not right down the runway. But our little planes handled the crosswind with aplomb – as they were designed to do. 🙂

Three Ercoupes at CGE Cambridge Airport

One Ercoupe can attract attention on an airport ramp. This day, with three Ercoupes all parked together, was no exception. Nearly every other pilot (and passenger) had to stop by to take a look. Of course, we are always happy to talk about and “show off” our airplanes – but we also had to eat – and, unfortunately, couldn’t talk with everyone.

It was a pleasure to meet John and Kelly who are from the Easton, MD area and Mac who is from Lewes, Delaware (but keeps his plane at Potomac Airport near DC).

Kelly Mac John

Kelly, Mac and John (l to r)

John Kelly Ercoupe

John’s and Kelly’s Ercoupe

Mac Ercpouipe at Cambridge

Mac’s ‘Coupe on the Ramp at Cambridge Airport

After lunch and good conversation we did a bit of sightseeing. We flew (in trail, not formation) along the Choptank River from Cambridge upstream to Denton, MD. At that point we each headed for the hangar at our respective airports. It was a great day to fly despite the bumps and the haze. But what really made the day was meeting new people and developing friendships with other folks having the same interest in flying an Ercoupe as do I.