Airplane of the Month • April 2007

Eric Seabase's 160HP Cessna 150 Aerobat
Year: 1970 Model: A150K Serial#: A1500067
67 of 226, 1970 A150K's manufactured in the USA
67 of 734, 150 Aerobat's manufactured in the USA

Eric Seabase devoted a tremendous amount of time and money with the goal of making this airplane the finest Cessna 150 Aerobat in the world. In addition to it's striking paint and interior, the airplane is equipped with a 160 horse power Lycoming engine, Sensenich prop, and many other conversions and upgrades: For example, the flaps were converted from electric to manual, the dorsal fin was replaced with the larger, later model, an additional dual landing light was added to the right wing, Micro Dynamics Vortex Generators were installed, Hooker 4 point aerobatic seat belts, and an access door for the rear mounted battery.

 All of the glass was replaced, and the panel was upgraded to all metal. In that panel, Seabase had a JPI fuel totalizer installed, a Garmin 496 GPS with satellite weather, PS Engineering  audio panel,  a Macoy nav/comm, and LED equipment indicators.

Unusual for an Aerobat, the airplane is equipped with a child Seat, and there are numerous other upgrades and enhancements, including Lexan visors, dual OAT's, and wheel pant brake fairings. Basically, Eric looked at every part of the airplane, and if something wasn't as good as new (or better) he replaced or upgraded it. The Carburetor was replaced, as were the alternator, mags, sparkplugs and harnesses. The propeller was dynamically balanced to .001 ips, and the interior and exterior plastics are all new.

According to Seabase, the airplane cruises at 145mph while burning just  8 gallons of fuel per hour,  climbs at 1,500 feet per minute at gross weight, and stalls at 42 mph. Seabase enjoys both the performance and attention this airplane draws everywhere he flies it.

Eric plans to add comments about the upgrade and restoration process, they will be posted here when available.


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