22/03/2004. Remarks by Mark Heaton: "The plane was issued its Canadian CofA in 1986. I purchased the aircraft in 1997 from the widow of builder, the late Thomas Robins of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I flew the aircraft back with the help of a couple of friends to Louisville, Kentucky, USA, where it is based.
The restoration took 5 years
mostly due to attending to other peoples aircraft instead of my own.
My wife finally put her foot down and stated 'finish it or sell it!'
The restoration included a total redesign of the interior, control
stick, electrical system, landing gear configuration, instrument
panel, recovering of the ailerons and rudder using the Air-Tech
process, repainting many parts throughout and everything forward of
the firewall new except the engine itself which was pickled until
The engine is a 125 hp Lycoming O-290D, the prop is a Culver
wood 68/54 climb pitch, Grove landing gear 3/4 in (19 mm) aluminum
gundrilled with Cleveland stainless discs and brakes, 500x5 tires,
6 in (152 mm) Aviation Products tailwheel, all new instruments including a
Horizon Electronic tachometer, Electronics International Digital
Volt/Amp meter, Micro Air 760 Com, Garmin GPS III and lots of cool
lights and switches!!
On November 11, 2003 the aircraft, or as my wife has
named it, "The Other Woman" was officially blessed by the
FAA and issued its US Special Airworthiness Certificate, a great