birds offer the blend of classic lines, timelessness and value
as the venerable Aeronca Chief, like this one on display at the Affordable
Flying Center. Photo by Dave Higdon
Aeronca Chief is a two-seat, fixed-gear airplane intended as a step up
from the 7AC Champion. Designed for flight training and personal use,
the Chief entered production in the United States in 1945 and has
continued to be a favorite among recreational pilots. The Chief parked
outside of EAA’s Affordable Flying Center was built in 1946 and is
currently owned by Chris Hiatt of Ponca City, Oklahoma, who currently
has the airplane for sale. Hiatt’s Chief features a 65-hp Continental
engine, which pushes the aircraft along at 100 mph cruising speed. The
wingspan measures 38 feet and the plane weighs 804 pounds empty.
who earned his sport pilot certificate and has since accumulated more
than 400 flight hours in two different Aeronca’s, says his Chief is an
absolute joy to fly. "The plane has very docile handling," he
explains. "Burning about 4.5 gph, it’s a perfect aircraft for
sport pilots who are looking for an economical way to fly."
If you are interested in
Chris Hiatt’s Aeronca Chief, you can contact him at 580-716-9153.