I sold my 1976 AA5B Grumman Tiger that I had for ten years, and
I also sold what was left of
my 1969 7KCAB Citabria (after the hangar fire... a story in
itself...) and bought a beautiful 1993 Super Decathlon. It's a sweet
machine: aerobatic, 120
knots, easy to fly tail dragger.
I was the third owner of this SD. It's pretty much as it came from the
factory. The basic VFR panel with one digital com and a transponder.
That's about it. Don't need much else in these planes. The Decathlon is
basic, but it's still a dream to fly. I put 13 hours on it in one day
speed run to Team Rocket in Taylor Texas and back. It performed
Most of the flying was done hands off. It's a very docile plane, and
very rugged. A great choice for the tail wheel beginner, or an
SD with dew at dawn, camping at Sun & Fun:
In the winter months, I fly it with the wheel pants off:
Here's a pic taken by Barb and John Watler on a little jaunt back home
The pic above was taken Feb 18, 2005 as my tach rolled up to 599.8
hours. The plane just doesn't look as nice without the wheel pants. I
had just replaced both main tires and since it was Winter, I decided to
leave them off until warmer weather was here.