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*WALTER TURBINE CONVERSION*
Our first 2004 winter project is underway. C-GBTU is undergoing a conversion from the Pezetel piston to a Walter Turbine engine. The project will entail an engine change, Baron STOL kit, stripping and repainting.
C-GBTU was purchased from the Indian Air Force in the mid
1990's by Silver Pine Air.
In July, 1998 it was converted
from the Pratt & Whitney R1340 Wasp piston engine
1000hp Pezetel piston engine. It is now in the process of
being converted to a
Walter turbine engine.
the old Pezetel
engine was the first
the firewall was
removed in preparation
for the new engine.
October 25:All of the old wiring has been removed.
October 25-29:A Baron STOL kit is installed on the
leading edge of the wings.
November 18: The fuselage has been stripped of all componants and sanded down ready for painting sometime
in the next few weeks.
November 27-28:The wings are sanded and taped off for painting. The first coat of white is added.
The white wing is taped off
and metalic blue is added for
trim on the leading edge.
December 3: The fuselage is back in the hanger and taped off for painting. December 4: Primer is added.
December 5: The fuselage is primed and painted. A second blue will be added when the new engine cowling arrives.
December 27: The fuselage is taped off and a second stripe is added.
January 4: The second stripe is complete and ready for the engine to be installed.
January 19:The decals are added.
January 21: The engine arrives from Czech Republic via Kelowna.
January 22: The new engine is hoisted and installed. The
cowling and boot cowling are fitted and removed again for
January 23: An unusuall site on an otter, a clean engine!
The fuel piping is fitted and connected, electrical
wiring completed, engine
controlls fitted and
installed, and the bleed air heating system is installed.
January 26 and 27: The newly painted cowling is attached and the prop is hung.
January 27: The new and improved C-GBTU ready for action.
Test flight!! The new C-GBTU takes to the skies for the first time.