SPONSORED CONTENT — AVweb’s classified section has already revealed what we think might be the mother of all “finds.” David Fletcher of Fredericksburg, Texas, bought 1978 Grumman Cougar N754GA from a widow in Tiffin, Ohio, two years ago. The always-hangared airplane last flew in 2006 and had 576 hours total time when Fletcher acquired it.
He immediately sent the engines and props to Lycon in Vasalia, California, for a complete overhaul, which included new Lycoming cylinders and CNC porting with flow match. With a 119-gallon capacity and a fuel burn as low as 6 gallons per hour on each Lycoming O-320, the Cougar has a theoretical endurance of more than nine hours. Fletcher has flown from Texas to Oshkosh nonstop.
This young-again Cougar also boasts a new Garmin-centric panel that includes a Garmin GTN 650 WASS GPS nav-com with touch screen, twin Garmin G127 MFDs that include HSI, AS, GS, horizon, synthetic terrain (vacuum system removed), Garmin GTR 225 comm, Garmin GMA 342 audio panel with four-place intercom system, Garmin GTS 175 IFR GPS, Garmin GTX 345 transponder with ADS-B in/out, Sperry Honeywell color weather radar, a JPI 450M fuel flow, and a Century III autopilot with glideslope coupling.
Fletcher highlights the 1978 Cougar’s original paint and interior, fold-down rear seats to create a commodious cargo area, and the classic Grumman bonded wing.
“The airplane has no single drive dual magnetos like the Piper Seminole or Beech Duchess,” says Fletcher. “No counter-rotating props with attendant parts like the Seminole. And a 47,000-hour cap life limit on twin wing spars,” he says.
More In Store
Dave Fletcher’s amazing Cougar marks the availability of listing services at classifieds.avweb.com. For buyers, you’ll soon be able to browse for the aircraft that fits your environment, your budget, and your mission. Sellers will find a simple-to-use system that is easy to load, easy to navigate—and comes with an unbeatable offer.
For all listings and all listers, the first two months of the AVweb classified system are absolutely free—even for brokers with multiple aircraft to sell. The clock starts June 20, so if you want to reach AVweb’s million-plus monthly visitors or 100,000 opt-in daily Flash subscribers, head over to classifieds.avweb.com. Brokers with multiple listings should contact Publisher Tom Bliss at [email protected] for assistance and special instructions.
“We’re excited about this new service,” says Bliss. “Our classified section is contained within world-beating aviation news and feature content. That means browsers—and buyers!—will keep coming back to see what’s new in the aviation marketplace.” AVweb.com is free, but you must register to leave a comment or access the classified system.
Watch for Monday’s Plane of the Week, Wednesday’s Jobs Spotlight, and Friday’s “Just In” as classifieds.avweb.com grows.