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Welcome to the Cardinal Flyers Online!

Here's what's new:

CFO is please to announce a new feature for communications within our membership. Our new Community is now live. You will notice a new tab in our menu which contains information and links, and also a new link on the left toolbar of this page. Please see the announcement here.

Some time ago the FAA issued an NPRM related to the Cardinal carry-through spar, see this page for Keith's summary and analysis of this document. Since the close of that comment period no more has been heard.

We have historically been looking at two parts of our spars. Please let us know how your inspection turned out:
 - For the spar cap inspection (in the wing) click here.
 - For the spar bottom flange inspection (in the cabin) click here.

Plans for Upcoming Events:
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Reports from Selected Past 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 our CFO Community, a digest summarizing the activity in that community, and this web system. This web system currently contains over 2000 pages and 15,000 images and files. This page is your launching point to navigate this system.

The CFO Community is an active system of interactive communication containing several questions, answer and comments between and among the CFO membership. Through the community and its archives you can access represents hundreds of years of combined experience. If you want to really know your Cardinal, you need to engage with the CFO Community.

The CFO web system provides free access to a pre-purchase section for people who are exploring the Cardinal as a possible aircraft for purchase. This section discusses the history and facts of the Cardinal, exploring 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 rest of this website requires member access and provides a library supporting the exchange of information and ideas as CFO members 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. 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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