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Model, Year and Serials Cross Reference



Many Cardinal owners bump into a problem with the FAA database. They start to get confused about what year Cardinal they have, and wonder who's right about the year: the feds or the service manual?

The problem stems from the fact that aircraft manufacturers are just like the car manufacturers.. they start building the next model year some time before the calender changes. But the Feds are sticklers about year of manufacture, and the airworthiness certificate goes out on the date the airplane rolls off the line. That's the date the feds use.

When I was researching colors I found perhaps 20-25% of the airplanes fit in that gap between model and manufacture year.

So here is a table that will accurately tell the model year of a Cardinal from it's serial number.

Thanks to these Cardinal owners for each contributing a serial number cross reference for their type of Cardinal:


RG numbers
FG numbers
Reims RG numbers (made in France)

Retractable Gear

From: Vincent Endter, vendter@pacbell.net

Model
Year

Model

Popular
Name

Beginning
Serial

Ending
Serial

1971

177RG

Cardinal RG

177RG0001

177RG0212

1972

177RG

Cardinal RG

177RG0213

177RG0282

1973

177RG

Cardinal RG

177RG0283

177RG0432

1974

177RG

Cardinal RG

177RG0433

177RG0592

1975

177RG

Cardinal RG

177RG0593

177RG0787

1976

177RG

Cardinal RG

177RG0788

177RG1051

1977

177RG

Cardinal RG

177RG1052

177RG1266

1978

177RG

Cardinal RG

177RG1267

177RG1366



Fixed Gear


From: Duane Allen, aerosol@pacbell.net

Model Year
Model
Popular Name
Beginning Serial
Ending Serial
1968

177

177 or Cardinal

17700001

17701164

1969

177A

177A or Cardinal

17701165

17701370

1970

177B

177B or Cardinal

17701371

17701530

1971

177B

177B or Cardinal

17701531

17701633

1972

177B

177B or Cardinal

17701634

17701773

1973

177B

177B or Cardinal

17701774

17701973

1974

177B

177B or Cardinal

17701974

17702123

1975

177B

177B, Cardinal, and Cardinal II

17702124

17702313

1976

177B

Cardinal or Cardinal II

17702314

17702522

1977

177B

Cardinal or Cardinal II

17702523

17702672

1978

177B

Cardinal Classic

17702673

17702752

Reims (France) Retractable Gear


Year Starting # Ending #
1971 F177RG0001 F177RG0042
1972 F177RG0043 F177RG0062
1973 F177RG0063 F177RG0092
1974 F177RG0093 F177RG0122
1975 F177RG0123 F177RG0138
1976 F177RG0139 F177RG0160
1977 F177RG0161 F177RG0177