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    Default Any certified A/C with folding wings like the Glasair Sportsman?

    Just thinking ahead to a day when I store a plane for part of the year. I like the folding wing deal they have on the Glasair Sportsman 2+2, But I am not all that excited about the experimental part of it nor the high price that they charge.
    Does anyone make a folding wing certified?
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    LSA category:

    http://www.lightsportaircrafthq.com/...-wing-LSA.html

    Not aware of non-LSA certified airframes with folding wings.
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    Bummer....

    The idea of trailering it home and storing it in a shed or garage it very appealing. But I could buy two C-180s for the price of one Glasari Sportsman
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    How about a Tiger Moth? I think there are a few certified in the US. At least there used to be one here in Fairbanks that I flew a few times....Louis
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    have you looked at making a trailer to hold the wings and fuselodge of your piper? It only takes a couple of hours to take the wings off and they can be handled by three guys easily. just a thought and after a couple of times you would have your own system. Wouldn't want to do more than one round trip a year, but to store for 6 months it would be OK. Tom

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    I am thinking about selling the Cub....
    A starter, night lighting, a radio without batteries, plus some leg and shoulder room have become more appealing over the last few years.
    The older and more injured I get, the more I think about those things....
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    I can relate to the interest in something a little easier to get in and out of. In my case it is because I'd like to be able to give people a chance to ride in the plane that have difficulty getting in our little PA-22.

    But as far as affording and maintaining a plane, I'm pretty sure at this point that bigger is not likely to ever be in the budget. Of the LSA options, I really do like the aerotrek. Almost affordable, large doors, high wings, available with conventional gear, wings fold, flies pretty fast, lands pretty slow...looks like a lot of fun.
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    Hey FP...Just saw and ad for the Highlander in the AAA. Just what you wanted. 700-lbs useful to.

    www.justaircraft.com

    Buy my C180B. HA!.

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    I know you said you are not crazy about experimental, but check out the Avid Magnum. It is one heck of a nice flying bird that would fit your bill perfect.

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    The Highlander looks awesome, but it looks like there is no factory-build option. The aerotrek does have a factory build. An LSA that is factory-built is a certified airplane of a sort, but there are a few different rules. Not entirely sure I can remember them well enough to say what they are though.
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