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Welcome to the Cardinal Flyers Online!

Here's what's new:

Congratulations to the People's Choice Best Cardinal of Show at our 2018 CFO Convention at STEC in Mineral Wells, Tx: Ted and Dale Burgdorf, who have owned this Cardinal since purchasing it new on January 3rd 1968! The airplane is in pristine condition and has only been flown by either Ted or Dale since new.

See the full report of our recent Mineral Wells, Texas convention at this link. Thanks to STEC for a great experience!

We are pleased to announce that Alpha Systems has joined CFO as a new sponsor. Their Angle Of Attack systems will change the way you take off, fly and land! Learn more about the product and special holiday price on this page.

If you've completed an inspection of your spar cap and would like to share the results with us, that page is here.

Plans for Fly-ins, Fly-outs and Events:
    Stay tuned for the 2019 events:
    • Winter Haven, just before Sun 'n Fun
    • Oshkosh Lunch
    • A convention location to be announced.

Reports from recent Fly-ins, Fly-outs and Events: To receive the CFO email digest and learn more about Cardinals, please join us on this page.

Critical issues to be aware of:

Read This! before replacing your governor.
Spar inspection you should do
The most common Alternator problem
The 'Missing Gasket' that has brought down Cardinals.

The Cardinal Flyers are a group of owners, operators and flyers of the Cessna 177 Cardinal. This is our web home, the Cardinal Flyers Online.

Our purpose is to bring Cardinal Flyers together around the world, both virtually and physically, while communicating our member's experiences, wisdom and knowledge in creative and effective ways. We are about technical knowledge exchange, but also about building a community of Cardinal owners.

We do this through a daily digest email, along with this web system. This web system currently contains over 2000 pages and 5000 images and files. This page is your launching point to navigate this system.

The CFO Digest is a nearly daily email containing several questions, answer and comments between and among the CFO membership. It represents hundreds of years of combined experience, ably moderated by Paul Millner. If you want to really know your Cardinal, you need to follow the CFO Digest.

This system consists of two main sections: the Public section and the Members section.

The Public section is for people who are exploring the Cardinal as a possible aircraft for purchase. It discusses the history and facts of the Cardinal and goes into the reputation of the Cardinal as well as the realities of owning one. Start here, but once you decide that the Cardinal is the airplane for you, we recommend that you join CFO and dig in more deeply. Many members tell us they learned enough in one evening on CFO to save them hundreds of dollars while shopping for their Cardinal.

The Member's section is the place where CFO members come together to exchange information and ideas, learn more about their Cardinal in-depth and share the joys and challenges of operating, maintaining and enjoying their Cardinals.

We can't say it enough.. you can learn a great deal about the Cardinal, as well as the Cardinal Flyers, in the public areas. But if you are getting serious about purchasing a Cardinal you need to get the more in-depth details of inspection, maintenance and ownership of a Cardinal. You will need (and want!) to become a CFO Member.

Read more about the benefits of belonging to CFO, then Join us!

The Cardinal Flyers accepts sponsorships. All sponsorship (ie paid) links and buttons are colored green. You can visit the Sponsors page here.

These pages are a collection of the ideas and impressions of the Cardinal pilots who frequent this site. This information is anecdotal, informal and may not be completely accurate. The Cardinal Flyers are not certified mechanics and do not guarantee the accuracy of the contents of these pages. Please research and confirm anything that is referenced on these pages with the experts appropriate to your situation.

As always, the Cessna maintenance, operations and flight manuals, and the advice of a certified mechanic and flight instructor, should be your primary sources of information regarding safe maintenance and operation of your aircraft.

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