And spotted this on the way.

There wasn’t enough room to get a good pic of the entire plane, so we’ll have to make due with some internet shots. It’s a Siai-Marchetti S 205/22R.

The one I saw had seating for 5 and a third window.

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The poor thing has been sitting in a hangar for about 8 years. They are in the process of prepping it for flight again. That involves a thorough inspection, including partial disassembly of the engine, changing all fluids, replacing hoses, tires, etc. There’s a lot that goes into making an aircraft airworthy again.

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It needs even more work to make it compliant with the 2020 regulations. All planes have to have an ADSB unit installed by next January. That’s a transponder that allows every flight, private or commercial, to be tracked.

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If you only fly outside of controlled airspace, it’s not a requirement. But if, like me, your home airport has a control tower, then you have to make your plane compliant.

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Ah, well, it’s a little too much plane for me anyway. I could get signed off on it, but it would be like handing the keys to your classic Corvette over to a 16-yr-old. The insurance alone would be outrageous.

By the way, check out the background in the pic above. This guy also likes sexy American things! This was one of two mid-’70s Corvettes in his hangar. The other was brown and had t-tops, just like this one:

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It was glorious! This old fella had all the toys!