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What is a bush plane?

Usually a combination of things.  Some of the more important features would be good prop clearance to avoid obstacles on the ground, enough horsepower to make short take-offs and steeps climbs, a STOL kit on the wing to land and take off at slow speeds, and big tires for rough strips.   Our  1953 Cessna 170B has all of those things and more.


Here is a list of the modifications that make our 170B one of the best 4 seat bush planes ever made:

180 hp engine upgrade (Lycoming O-360)

Seaplane propeller

Horton STOL kit

31" Alaska Bush Wheels

Double-puck brakes

Windshield V-brace

T3 Tailwheel Suspension

Extended Baggage Compartment

Vortex Generators

AEROLED landings/taxi lights

LED nav lights

Digital EGT/CHT gauges

Removable rear jump seats

Lightweight interior/exterior

BAS Inertia Reel Shoulder Harnesses

For those students using the Cessna 182 you will be using what is called a "straight tail".  The early 182 models have a great reputation for being light on the controls and having excellent performance.  Currently our 182 has 850 x 10 main tires and an oversized airglass fork with an 850 x 6 nose wheel.  There are not many places this big tired nose dragger  can't go!  Anyone with time in a 172 will quickly be comfortable, and if you learned in another type trainer aircraft you will pick it up quick as well.

Here is the growing list of modifications and upgrades to our 182B:

MT Propeller

Double-puck brakes

10" wheels

850 x 10 main tires

Airglass nose fork w/ 850 x 6 front tire

AeroLED nav/position/strobe lights

AeroLED landings/taxi light

Extended Baggage Compartment

Lightweight Battery

Lightweight Interior

BAS Inertia Reel Shoulder Harnesses

Airframe Inovations rear seats

Sportsman STOL cuff


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