One owner's story
Flying the Cardinal
A shopping trip
Serial #'s by year
FAA Reg (quick)
FAA Reg (full)
Cost of ownership
FG or RG?
Birth of the Cardinal
Keep costs down
Cardinal Facts: Retractable Gear
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Facts and considerations by year:
Landing lights in wing. (two PAR36)
Separate mags on engine.
Optional entry Steps on fuselage.
Electric gear actuation.
7 solenoids in gear system.
51 gallon fuel capacity.
Holes in only one seat rail per seat.
200 hp Lycoming IO-360-A1B6 engine with seperate mags.
Both seat rails per seat have holes starting this year.
New propeller improves performance.
Scoop vents on tailcone inspection panels added.
Entry steps not available.
New step pad on gear leg.
First year of cowl-mounted landing lights. (two PAR36)
Engine changed to IO-360-A1B6D with Bendix dual mag.
Governer requires adapter plate to keep oil in engine.
Fuel selector changed to left-right-both-off type.
61 gallon long range tanks become standard.
Cowl changed to more streamlined shape.
Latching pins added to doors.
Gear system gets hydraulic downlocks.
Electric gear selection switch changed to hydraulic selector.
Improved seats: rear seats move from bolts to retainers.
Heater duct extended to rear seat along doors.
Shoulder harness storage changed from wire clips to trays.
Marker beacon system in panel made smaller.
Stabilator abrasion boots become an option.
"Hat tray" added to rear bulkhead
Bumper plates added to fuselage near latch gear.
Belly quick-drain becomes standard.
Heating ducting changed, improved.
Panel changed to full width.
Gear system changed, all solenoids eliminated.
Marker beacon moved into audio panel.
Specs and instruments changed from MPH to Knots.
'Owner's manual' becomes 'Pilot Operating Handbook' in GAMA format
New paint type used, no primer used in factory.
Higher incidence of filiform corrosion
Fuel selector type changed to rebuildable version.
28 volt electrical system
Transit speed of Gear doubles
Avionics master switch standard.
Higher incidence of ill-fitting panels
Painted with primer.. lower filiform corrosion
Last year of the Cardinal: 100 built.
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