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#42210 - 07/11/11 08:50 AM 1979 172N with 180 hp conversion
Nintendo Pilot Offline
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Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 1632
Loc: Utah




I recently purchased this 1979 172N with Air Plains 180 hp conversion, original paint and interior. Great flying aircraft.
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1979 Cessna 172N (N9478E) w/180 hp conversion by Air Plains
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#42212 - 07/11/11 09:38 AM Re: 1979 172N with 180 hp conversion [Re: Nintendo Pilot]
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Registered: 10/21/09
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Loc: San Antonio, TX
Nice Alan! What all does she have in her?
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#42215 - 07/11/11 09:59 AM Re: 1979 172N with 180 hp conversion [Re: Cessna Dude]
Nintendo Pilot Offline
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Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 1632
Loc: Utah
Here's a quick rundown on what is currently installed.

Rosen Visors
Tanis TAS-100 Engine Heater
Garmin GMA-340 Audio Panel with 4-place intercom system
Cessna RT-385A 720 channel digital Nav/Com #1
Cessna ILS/VOR/LOC Nav indicator #1
Cessna RT-385A 720 channel digital Nav/Com #2
Cessna VOR/LOC nav indicator #2
Cessna R-546E ADF
King KT-76A Transponder with altitude encoder
S-TEC System 50 Autopilot with heading bug and Altitude Hold

I'll have a Garmin 430W installed very soon and thinking about the Aspen EFD1000 Pro or Garmin G500 along with a new panel. The ADF will most likely come out as well as one of the Nav/Com after the 430W is installed.
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1979 Cessna 172N (N9478E) w/180 hp conversion by Air Plains
Alan C.
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Blog http://ontarget-spionen.blogspot.com/
Youtube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/spionen007?feature=mhee

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#42228 - 07/11/11 12:19 PM Re: 1979 172N with 180 hp conversion [Re: Nintendo Pilot]
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Registered: 01/25/10
Posts: 140
Loc: Saskatchewan
Congrats, that will be a sweet aircraft foresure.
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#42229 - 07/11/11 12:22 PM Re: 1979 172N with 180 hp conversion [Re: Nintendo Pilot]
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Registered: 02/22/10
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Loc: STS, CA, USA
Excellent excellent looking bird
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#42271 - 07/12/11 01:49 AM Re: 1979 172N with 180 hp conversion [Re: OldCrow]
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Registered: 02/14/10
Posts: 1826
Loc: Northwest lower Michigan
Be sure to add a GPSS when you install the 430W, then your autopilot will be able to track your GPS, including RNAV approaches. We also have an S-TEC 50 with altitude hold (came with the airplane, as did the 180 hp conversion), and last year we added a 430W and GPSS. What a sweet combination! The only thing it won't do is climb or descend to an altitude or capture and track a glide slope or LPV glide path, but those are easily hand flown with "George" capable of doing the rest.

John
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#42273 - 07/12/11 02:29 AM Re: 1979 172N with 180 hp conversion [Re: Nightowl]
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Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 1632
Loc: Utah
Thanks for the advice John. Adding either the Aspen or Garmin PFD/MFD will give me the GPSS roll steering.
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1979 Cessna 172N (N9478E) w/180 hp conversion by Air Plains
Alan C.
PP-ASEL

Blog http://ontarget-spionen.blogspot.com/
Youtube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/spionen007?feature=mhee

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#42682 - 07/18/11 10:53 PM Re: 1979 172N with 180 hp conversion [Re: Nintendo Pilot]
wrecksum Offline
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Registered: 09/26/10
Posts: 2704
Loc: Dominican Republic
I must have missed these pics somehow.

Ours is a 180 Penn Yann and it does fly nicely as well.

That looks like the original paint, is that right? I do like the wingtip detail.
It's unusual to get the left retractable legs fitted as standard.Nikes or Adidas?
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#42887 - 07/20/11 09:03 AM Re: 1979 172N with 180 hp conversion [Re: wrecksum]
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Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 1632
Loc: Utah
You have a good eye for detail... Nikes. ;-)

Yes, that is the original paint. It is a little rough in a few spots and I'll save up for a paint job to be done in 2-3 years.
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1979 Cessna 172N (N9478E) w/180 hp conversion by Air Plains
Alan C.
PP-ASEL

Blog http://ontarget-spionen.blogspot.com/
Youtube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/spionen007?feature=mhee

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#42963 - 07/21/11 02:13 AM Re: 1979 172N with 180 hp conversion [Re: Nintendo Pilot]
Nightowl Offline
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Registered: 02/14/10
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Loc: Northwest lower Michigan
They still look good if you don't look too close! Our '77 is still original as well, and we've been "saving up" for paint for awhile (the 430W and audio panel upgrade took care of those funds last year, so starting over now grin).

John
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'77 C172N, AirPlains 180 hp conversion

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#42982 - 07/21/11 09:25 AM Re: 1979 172N with 180 hp conversion [Re: Nightowl]
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Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 1632
Loc: Utah
I just put 9478E in the shop for a panel face lift. I'll post pictures in a few weeks of the new Garmin G500 based panel.
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1979 Cessna 172N (N9478E) w/180 hp conversion by Air Plains
Alan C.
PP-ASEL

Blog http://ontarget-spionen.blogspot.com/
Youtube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/spionen007?feature=mhee

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#43948 - 08/02/11 05:49 PM Re: 1979 172N with 180 hp conversion [Re: Nintendo Pilot]
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Gold Pilot

Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 1632
Loc: Utah
Panel pictures before and during upgrade process...





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1979 Cessna 172N (N9478E) w/180 hp conversion by Air Plains
Alan C.
PP-ASEL

Blog http://ontarget-spionen.blogspot.com/
Youtube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/spionen007?feature=mhee

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#43968 - 08/02/11 10:09 PM Re: 1979 172N with 180 hp conversion [Re: Nintendo Pilot]
flyer921 Offline
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Registered: 01/09/10
Posts: 554
Loc: Harrisonville, MO
Make sure you remove that insulation attached to the dash. Its a breeding ground for corrosion. My 172 was covered with surface corrosion under all that insulation.
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#43985 - 08/03/11 01:09 AM Re: 1979 172N with 180 hp conversion [Re: flyer921]
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Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 1632
Loc: Utah
I'll remember to check that out flyer. Thanks for the tip! I hope to have a completed picture in two weeks.
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1979 Cessna 172N (N9478E) w/180 hp conversion by Air Plains
Alan C.
PP-ASEL

Blog http://ontarget-spionen.blogspot.com/
Youtube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/spionen007?feature=mhee

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#44215 - 08/06/11 12:50 AM Re: 1979 172N with 180 hp conversion [Re: Nintendo Pilot]
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Gold Pilot

Registered: 02/14/10
Posts: 1826
Loc: Northwest lower Michigan
Looking forward to seeing your completed job. Here are a few pix from our 2010 upgrade (no Aspen though), including before and after.



John
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'77 C172N, AirPlains 180 hp conversion

Our sigmap has been flown entirely using aircraft with capabilities at or below those of the C-172.


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#45346 - 08/16/11 04:32 PM Re: 1979 172N with 180 hp conversion [Re: Nightowl]
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Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 1632
Loc: Utah
Very nice! What are you doing with all the empty realestate on the co-pilot's panel?

Here are some fresh pictures of the upgrade project progress.









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1979 Cessna 172N (N9478E) w/180 hp conversion by Air Plains
Alan C.
PP-ASEL

Blog http://ontarget-spionen.blogspot.com/
Youtube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/spionen007?feature=mhee

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#45548 - 08/18/11 01:32 AM Re: 1979 172N with 180 hp conversion [Re: Nintendo Pilot]
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Registered: 02/14/10
Posts: 1826
Loc: Northwest lower Michigan
Originally Posted By: Alan C
Very nice! What are you doing with all the empty real estate on the co-pilot's panel?

That "real estate" is where the ADF (removed) and transponder (relocated to center panel) used to reside. No plans for it as yet, though we are considering installation of a fuel flow gauge, though it wouldn't be on the co-pilot's panel.

John
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'77 C172N, AirPlains 180 hp conversion

Our sigmap has been flown entirely using aircraft with capabilities at or below those of the C-172.


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#45804 - 08/20/11 06:29 PM Re: 1979 172N with 180 hp conversion [Re: Nightowl]
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Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 1632
Loc: Utah
Hopefully the upgrade won't take too much longer. Had to order a new plastic lower pedestal piece as the old one just fell apart when removed.

Panel isn't painted yet in this picture but it will be tan. This picture is a little fuzzy because lighting wasn't good in the shop for picture but you get an idea of how it will look.

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1979 Cessna 172N (N9478E) w/180 hp conversion by Air Plains
Alan C.
PP-ASEL

Blog http://ontarget-spionen.blogspot.com/
Youtube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/spionen007?feature=mhee

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#46892 - 08/30/11 06:30 PM Re: 1979 172N with 180 hp conversion [Re: Nintendo Pilot]
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Gold Pilot

Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 1632
Loc: Utah
The panel upgrade project is complete! This turned out much better than I imagined. I have yet to fly it but will this weekend weather permitting.

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1979 Cessna 172N (N9478E) w/180 hp conversion by Air Plains
Alan C.
PP-ASEL

Blog http://ontarget-spionen.blogspot.com/
Youtube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/spionen007?feature=mhee

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#46916 - 08/30/11 09:08 PM Re: 1979 172N with 180 hp conversion [Re: Nintendo Pilot]
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Registered: 02/22/10
Posts: 881
Loc: STS, CA, USA
that looks really clean -- nice work !!!
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1969 172k AirPlains 180hp

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#47627 - 09/07/11 09:33 PM Re: 1979 172N with 180 hp conversion [Re: OldCrow]
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Registered: 09/04/11
Posts: 297
Loc: Ohio
wow!! looks AWESOME!!

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#47671 - 09/08/11 05:51 PM Re: 1979 172N with 180 hp conversion [Re: 172i4me]
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Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 1632
Loc: Utah
Thanks! Flying this new panel is fantastic!
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1979 Cessna 172N (N9478E) w/180 hp conversion by Air Plains
Alan C.
PP-ASEL

Blog http://ontarget-spionen.blogspot.com/
Youtube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/spionen007?feature=mhee

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#47675 - 09/08/11 07:26 PM Re: 1979 172N with 180 hp conversion [Re: Nintendo Pilot]
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Registered: 02/26/10
Posts: 5045
Loc: NorthEast
Originally Posted By: Alan C
The panel upgrade project is complete! This turned out much better than I imagined. I have yet to fly it but will this weekend weather permitting.


Sweeeeet !!
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#47678 - 09/08/11 08:14 PM Re: 1979 172N with 180 hp conversion [Re: Rusty Rudder]
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Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 1632
Loc: Utah
This shot is higher resolution and much better.

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1979 Cessna 172N (N9478E) w/180 hp conversion by Air Plains
Alan C.
PP-ASEL

Blog http://ontarget-spionen.blogspot.com/
Youtube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/spionen007?feature=mhee

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#47688 - 09/08/11 09:24 PM Re: 1979 172N with 180 hp conversion [Re: Nintendo Pilot]
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Registered: 01/09/10
Posts: 554
Loc: Harrisonville, MO
Rub it in smile Some of us are still stuck with steam gauges.
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