E-I-C Note: The Aero-TV Team --
Jim, Tom, Nathan, Paul, The
'Other' Jim, Ashley, Birgit, Wes, Klyde,
Anjin, and the rest
of the aero-gnomes -- want to wish you Happy
Holidays while we all pursue our own various and sundry
holiday diversions. Our regular daily webcasting schedule will
resume promptly on Monday, January 3rd, 2011. In the meantime,
please enjoy this 'classic' episode of Aero-TV from the
past year as we all recover from our various and sundry
There is no such thing as a generic 'perfect' airplane... until
you find one for yourself. And mind you, different airplanes can be
perfect at different times... and for Mike Slingluff, riding herd
on one of the best FBO's on the SouthEast, his 65HP Taylorcraft is
often THE perfect airplane.
The 'T-Craft' is the brainchild of a legendary figure in GA... a
fellow named Clarence Gilbert Taylor, reported to have been a
self-taught aeronautical engineer from Nottingham, England -- and
often called the father of private aviation in America -- starting
with his work on the original Taylor Cub WAY BACK in 1931.
At one time a partner with none other than William T Piper
himself, the usual difficulties arose when engineer Taylor ran into
conflicts with businessman Piper... leaving them both to go their
own ways. Taylor formed his own company in 1935 and eventually
'improved' on the Cub with a design that boasted a faster wing,
side-by-side seating and better performance.
And while the term 'better' may be a relative one, there is no
question that the T-Craft is a solid performer... with regular
cruise speeds of 110 mph recorded for a design that burns 3.5 GPH
with only a 65HP four-cylinder Continental doing business up
With excellent manners in the air and docile performance on the
ground, the T-Craft also boasts the ability to be flown, legally,m
as an LSA under today's regs... a 'perfect' airplane, indeed.