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    Default Aviation Highschool in Need of Short Wing Parts

    Dear SWP Family,

    I am Mr. Lee and I am the Aviation Maintenance Instructor at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy in Lakeland, FL located at Sun n' Fun. I am reaching out to this forum for some help.

    A wonderful family has donated a PA-20 or PA-22 to my high school program. I do not know a lot about this aircraft as it has no data plate, or maintenance log book. From what the donor has told me and what research I have done I have narrowed it down to either a Pacer PA-20 or 22. The fuselage is a tail dragger which leads me to a PA-20 however, the wings have a PA-22 stamp on the spar. So in other words I do not know which aircraft I have.

    My goal with this aircraft is to restore it with my students who are starting their aviation and A&P careers in my class. Sun n' Fun has been gracious enough to let us use there paint booth when we are ready for paint and another local donor has given us a Lycoming 0-290 for it. With those two things we are well on our way.

    Now that you have some background here is where your help is much needed. All I currently have for this aircraft are the wings, fuselage, and engine mentioned above. If there is anyone on this forum willing do donate any extra parts or pieces they may have laying around it would be greatly appreciated. I have attached a list of what we are currently lacking. If you have any of these parts please contact me!

    P.S. Don't be alarmed at the size of the list


    • Engine mount
    • Wing struts
    • Tail wheel
    • Flaps
    • Ailerons
    • Horizontal Stab
    • Elevators
    • Rudder
    • Firewall
    • Engine Cowling
    • Cargo door
    • Fuel Tank Panels
    • Windscreen
    • Belly Pan
    • Seats
    • Instrument panel
    • Instruments
    • Floorboards
    • Lights
    • Electrical System
    • ALL Hardware
    • ALL Electrical



    Thank you so much for time and you help with this endeavor!
    Mr. Lee

    chase.lee@polk-fl.net
    Last edited by Instructor Lee; 01-06-2022 at 12:06 PM.

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    Default Re: Aviation Highschool in Need of Short Wing Parts

    Iím assuming this will be for a static display. While to donít have a data plate, you can search for the fuselage number tag. It is a tag welded to the fuselage with a number stamped on it. The two likely locations are the right side of the gear truss, or the cross tube behind the instrument panel. That tag will be close to your serial number, but not the actual number. If it starts with 20 it is a Pacer. If it starts with 22, it was a TriPacer.


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    Thank you dgapilot for that information when class gets out this afternoon I will dig for those numbers. The airplane will not be a static display. Once constructed it will be used in the classroom to give these students a taste of what the real world has to offer.

    Thank you again dgapilot

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    The tag on my PA-20 was on the cross tube below the passenger seat. It was just a piece of angle weld to the tube that read 20-xxx. The aircraft serial number matched on that one but I never sent for the Piper build sheet to see if it came from the factory that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff J View Post
    The tag on my PA-20 was on the cross tube below the passenger seat. It was just a piece of angle weld to the tube that read 20-xxx. The aircraft serial number matched on that one but I never sent for the Piper build sheet to see if it came from the factory that way.
    Thatís where the -16 and the -20 has it, just inside the door. The -22 had them in a couple different locations depending on serial. Iíd have to dig into the drawings for the exact locations.


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    We have a 22-xxxx !!! I found the welded tab on the passenger side cross bar. Now my question is did the 22 come with a tricycle gear or as a tail dragger from piper? Also I have 4 digits after the 22-, what will those numbers tell me and where can I find more information about them?

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    Hi Lee, good luck with the project! I have some extra parts at hanger. Such as old struts, bent aileron and maybe some out of date polyfiber stuff. I’ll take a look next trip, can you leave a phone number or email ? I can let you know. You can be sure the things are not airworthy at this time. Moe

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    Moe anything you have will be greatly appreciated! My email is chase.lee@polk-fl.net. I will also edit my original post so my email will be in there as well. I am not worried about airworthiness at this stage in the game, the odds of this bird ever seeing the sky again is slim to none.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Instructor Lee View Post
    We have a 22-xxxx !!! I found the welded tab on the passenger side cross bar. Now my question is did the 22 come with a tricycle gear or as a tail dragger from piper? Also I have 4 digits after the 22-, what will those numbers tell me and where can I find more information about them?
    All PA-22s left the factory with tricycle gear. the tailwheel configuration is an STC. Clyde Smith Jr. has the build sheets for mast all the Pipers built in Lock Haven. With the fuselage number, he can research what the actual serial number was. Unfortunately, without the original data plate and a Bill of Sale, you will never have an airplane, just a static display.

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    Default Re: Aviation Highschool in Need of Short Wing Parts

    Well this static display will be useful to teach these students the basics of flight controls, safety wire, dope and fabric, rigging etc. I am very excited to continue my research on this static display. All of you have been extremely helpful! Thank you!!!

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