New Member looking for a nice Decathlon

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#1
Hello forum
I am a long time pilot, first time aerobatic guy looking to learn aerobatics and compete at the Sportsman level (I am 60 so higher up wouldn't even be an option even if I was that good). Any suggestions as to the best Decathlon to buy under 90K would be appreciated!
 
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I have found a nice updated Decathlon with the new metal wings and spades but it has the 150 Lycoming in it with a fixed pitch prop. Would it be suitable to compete up to Sportsman level?
 

Bob Turner

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You can compete Sportsman in a 115 Citabria if you want. I competed once in a 150 Decathlon - it was my first Decathlon flight (the Citabria broke) and I beat several Pitts and a Stevens Acro.

To answer your question - there is a Dec here - metal spar, c/s 150. It has been sitting outside, and is not being flown, but it gets a careful annual every year. I am guessing 40 would take it.
 

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Where are you located Mark? If you're near sea level then you should be fine with a 150, higher up and you might be able to make an argument for 180hp but, like Bob said, Sportsman should be plenty doable with 150hp.

And welcome! Glad you found us!
 
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I am in Dallas, Texas so that isn't an issue. The one I was looking at sold, so very interested in finding out about the one Bob Turner speaks of.

THanks!
 
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Hey guys, still in the market. Never heard from the lady that owned the one in San Diego Bob.

Any tips on a good one under 75k is appreciated.
 

Bob Turner

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The San Diego airplane has metal spars, but has been sitting outside. Not sure what she wants to do - with a budget of $75 grand look for one with metal spars, recent engine and prop, and really good fabric. They are out there. A big plus is aluminum gear legs. Mine has the taller instrument panel - great for staying instrument current.

Fifty should get you a really good one with wood spars.