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    One owner 1976 A185F Amphib For Sale

    1976 Cessna A185F
    Reg: N8A
    s/n 18502852
    Total Time: 2792.3
    Engine IO-550D28 Platinum version installed per STC SA09960SC
    Total Time Since new: 154.1
    Propeller Hartzell PHC-C3YF-1RF STC SA09960SC
    Total Time Since new: 154.1
    Flint 12 gal aux fuel in each wing tip STC SA2529WE
    EDO 696-3500 amphibious floats STC SA17-NE
    King KCS55A HSI compass system
    King KT-78 with Insight encoder
    King KR-86 ADF
    Century IIB autopilot with coupler STC SA3085SW-D
    TruTrak pitch control
    EDO-Aire Yaw Damper
    Custom Instrument panel
    Ryan WX-8 Stormscope
    Fuelguard fuel flow
    Aileron electric drooping system STC SA1148SW
    Horizon P-1000 electronic tachometer
    Seaplanes West engine mount STC SA01573NY
    Achorn Seaplane muffler STC SA00780NY
    EI UBG-16 CHT/EGT
    CNX-80/GNS480 Garmin s/b #850 REV A
    MX-20
    Insight TAS-1000 air data computer
    BAS shoulder harness system STC SA2067NM
    Soros Fresh air vent tubes STC SA8150SW
    Custom aluminum wing tips Field approval 11/26/2004
    All new paint and interior 3/22/2005
    Sheepskin front seat covers
    New fuel tank bladders 11/23/2014


    One owner since new

    Make a reasonable cash offer and fly it away before I change my mind.
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    Can someone help me with posting pictures? I can Email them to you but try as I might, I can not manage to post them here.
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    Pete’s Skywagon is as nice as they get.


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    Wow Pete,

    I wish I was in a position to buy a 185, yours is worth having!!

    If anyone is looking- this would be the bird to have!
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!
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    The Cessna A185F N8A and I met on November 24, 1975 when I arrived at the Cessna delivery center in Wichita to fly her home to Cranland Airport in Massachusetts. I had owned a couple of 180s which I had also bought new. Though I loved them both, there was something lacking in each which prompted me to move up to a 185. Thus began our long happy journey to now. She came home NORDO as the Cessna radios were not my choice. As the years went by various improvements were made. We went on numerous long journeys to remote regions of North America. For no other reason than the adventure of going to places where the average person does or can not. Fishing in remote locations was the excuse. While the fishing was bountiful, it wasn’t as important as just being there. We traveled to northern Labrador near Ungava Bay. Up along the west coast of Hudson’s Bay looking for Polar Bears. We found several. Northwest to the mouth of the Mackenzie River, to the Tuktoyaktuk Dew line station, then further northeast to 70 degrees north. This was followed by at least a dozen trips to Alaska traveling diagonally across the middle of Canada as far north as Point Barrow where my great grandfather spent a year working on research and writing a book for the Smithsonian Institute in 1888. As far west as the eastern Russian territory of Big Diomede Island. (The cold war was still active).
    We attended the Confederate Air Force fly-in at Harlington Texas where I met Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the Enola Gay, under the wing of the B-29 which he was flying in the show. I also had the thrill of sitting in the cockpit of the P-38 “White Lightening”.
    During some winters we went to the Bahamas, as far south as Crooked Island.
    One of the objectives of moving up from a 180 to a 185 was a set of amphib floats. Straight floats worked just fine. In fact 8A and I won the take off contest at Greenville on 2960s one year. The places which I had in mind to visit required the convenience of using airports as well as seaplane bases. 2790 amphibs were too restrictive due to their load limitations. EDO was developing a new model amphib, the 3500 for the 206. I made a deal with EDO to make the first installation and perform the flight testing with N8A in order to push the issuance of an STC for 185s. This resulted in the issuance of STC SA-17NE.
    Later with the desire for more power, another deal was made to use 8A to get the approval of an intercooled turbocharged IO-520 conversion. This was done to the tune of 310 hp. The performance certainly was there with the ability to climb to high altitudes with full loads. This combination turned into a mechanical nightmare which later prompted a change to a new IO-550.
    I am very pleased with the current configuration which you can see in the photos.
    Now as I am approaching my 78th birthday I find that I don’t fly it as often as it should be flown. Maintaining two airplanes is becoming a chore. So, I have made the very painful decision to sell the 185 while keeping the more simple Cub. I don’t want to actively market it so am offering it here to you SC.orgers and your friends. I will not give it away and the buyer needs to sell themselves to me as being a worthy next custodian for my faithful friend of 43 years. Meanwhile freeze up can happen as soon as Thanksgiving. If not sold before then, think about it during the winter until the ice goes out. It lives in a nice hangar at my seaplane base.
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    A recent picture taken at Crow Island courtesy of Bill Brine.

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    Nice... Love the N Number...
    "Often Mistaken, but Never in Doubt"
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ View Post
    Nice... Love the N Number...
    That N number could be yours. Comes with a free airplane.


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    Beautiful airplane. But what I like even more is your description of all the adventuring you have done in it and all the happy memories you must have from it. That perfectly sums up why I fly, and I hope that when I'm 78 I'm still flying something like that AND have the stories to go along with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RaisedByWolves View Post
    That N number could be yours. Comes with a free airplane.


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    And a tax deduction with this on the tail



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    "Optimism is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking the tartar sauce with you!"
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    HA! Hardly...
    "Often Mistaken, but Never in Doubt"
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ View Post
    HA! Hardly...
    Hey, if Donald could do it so can you

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    "Optimism is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking the tartar sauce with you!"
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    Pete,

    I have mentioned your bird to a couple guys, but honestly most are not worthy of that bird.

    Now, if it needs a place by the end of next year, I have a great hangar being built that N8A would enjoy living in. Full visitation would be available

    For a serious discussion, how about more stories about the cool modifications you have been involved in!
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!

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    Well George I don't even need to put my coat on to go visit it now! The person who is the next caretaker needs to be someone who would buy a new one if they were available.

    It wouldn't be wise to present some of those modifications in print. Like wing extensions on a W------. Are there any statute of limitations with the FAA?
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    Quote Originally Posted by skywagon8a View Post
    Like wing extensions on a W------. Are there any statute of limitations with the FAA?
    Could someone even find that airplane?
    - Ghost writer. Anonymous Author. Better yet, digital audio recording of a bunch of pilots talking. "Hangar Memories"... no one ever knows if they are fact or fiction. lol...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farmboy View Post
    Could someone even find that airplane?
    The last that I knew it was at the opposite corner of the country.
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    Hello there! I have a hanger I just equipped for an amphibious plane at my house at Cavanaugh bay airport on Priest Lake in Idaho. Locator number 66S. I have been moving my Supercub back and forth from wheels to eco straight floats and have been enjoying both. I also have a 61 182 set up for back country and fly it from Coeur d’alene Idaho to priest lake quite regularly. I really do have the need for a larger plane on amphibs. There are wonderful flyins here for seaplanes and wheels alike with a 5400’ grass runway and a seaplane base in the bay called “Tanglefoot”. I have 4kids and so far 5 grandkids and most of them absolutely love the adventure of flying so I have been considering a 206 however your 185 sounds very intriguing. If you still have the plane for sale I would be interested in hearing more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wideriverranch View Post
    If you still have the plane for sale I would be interested in hearing more.
    What more do you need to know? Send me a PM.
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    It is not your 'Average' 185. Just saying- sort of like finding that 65 Bugatti racer that has 100 easy miles on the track then put in climate controlled storage.

    I doubt there is a better 185 out there; or one with less time.
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ View Post
    Nice... Love the N Number...
    SJ, When flying through Canada you need to remember to initiate your radio call with "November 8 Alpha" otherwise there will be a lot of extra questions about the rest of the number.
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