REPUBLIC RC-3 SEABEE # 881

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C-FILM (Photo: Blair Robinson)

CF-ILM
Ontario, Canada
21 May 2005
Photo: Brian & Blair Robinson

AIRCRAFT DATA

Manufacturer: Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.
Model: Robinson Special
ex Republic RC-3 Seabee
Type Certificate No: A-769
Serial Number: 001 (ex RC-3 s/n 881)
Manufacturing Date: 2007 (ex RC-3 1947-05)
Engine:
  1. Franklin 6A8-215-B9F (215 HP at 2500 RPM), S/N 23943.
  2. Robinson GM LS1 (V8) 320 HP (experimental).  Gear ratio: 1.68:1
    2000-07-05 to 2011-12-23; Total hours 2,098.
    Manual throttle.
    Propeller: Hartzell, 3 blades.
  3. Robinson GM LS3 (V8) 425 HP (experimental).  Gear ratio: 1.98:1
    2014-01-14 to date.
    Edelbrock supercharger (modified).
    Electric  throttle.
    Propeller: MT,  5 blades w/ spinner.
    New motor mount system.
    Custom designed supercharger controller used to normalize the engine under a wide range of conditions.
    Electric backup water pump.
    5 blade MT propeller.
    Independent Dual electric fuel pumps complete with dual fuel pickups, water separators and filters
    Custom designed dual exhaust/muffler system.
    Redesigned top cowling hinge system.
Remarks: Fuselage
- Large baggage compartment door system
- Enlarged baggage compartment
- Gull wing doors
- Flush mounted windows
- 3 point retractable seat belts
- Dual battery system
- New design tail wheel unlocking system
- Remote battery charging ports (charging main batteries w/o opening battery box)
- New access panel for tail wheel maintenance access
- New access panel for water rudder maintenance
- Fuselage skin reinforcement under elevators
- Wide spray rails
- Cabin heating system complete with windshield defroster
- Cabin air conditioning system
- Cabin fresh air system
- Baggage compartment fresh air vent system
- Flush fuel door w/ remote mounted opener (opened from inside of aircraft)
- Hull boosters

Instrument Panel
- New instrument panel complete with:
- MGL IEFIS
- Dual MGL com radios
- Vertical power electronic breaker/power monitoring system
- IPad installation complete with adjustable IPad holder
- The IPad can display engine and limited flight data
- The IPad can provide backup navigation system
- Wireless engine data recorder
- CANbus data system for displaying engine computer data directly on IEFIS
- (instead of using secondary hard wired sensors)
- USB and auxiliary power ports
- 4 place intercom system
- External static system
- 3 axis autopilot
- Instrument panel mounted on an angle for better viewing by pilot
- Video camera system. One camera for engine start and one camera for backing up
- Single leaver PMS; combines throttle, pitch and reverse controls into one unit

Landing Gear
- 8.50 X 10 Tundra tires
- Upgraded Disk brake system
- Electric hydraulic system
- Manual backup protected by isolating valves
- Retraction/extension controlled by panel mounted electric landing gear switch
- Redesigned internal oleo components for improved crosswind performance
- Hydraulic tail wheel shock absorber
- Redesigned tail wheel fork
- Redesigned tail wheel collar
- Modified tail wheel axel to allow use of standard tow bar
- Reinforced linkage on center weldment
- Upgraded wheel bearing seals
- Quick disconnect landing gear system

Miscellaneous
- Electric elevator trim system
- Electric flap system
- New design water rudder for improved turning ability in windy conditions
- Redesigned rudder post system
- New design rudder stops
- Pilot accessible Rudder lock for ground parking in windy conditions
- Extended ailerons
- Drooped aileron system
- 2 9 wing extensions
- Wing root fences
- Wing tip splates
- Redesigned vent system for fuel tank compartment
- Hydraulic retractable wheel skis
- Custom designed wheel ski for tail wheel
- New design Stainless steel fuel level sensor
- New design stainless steel fuel drain system
- Strobes
- Raised rear seats
- Electric bilge pump system
- Extended spray rails

 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
NC6608K
N6608K
1947-05-?? Manufacturing Date.
1947-05-?? Test flight.
1947-06-01 Statement of Conformity, Form ACA 317, by Republic Aviation Corporation ... 881 has been manufactured in conformity with the data forming the basis for Type Certificate No. 769...
[Signed W. I. Stieglitz, Design Engineer, Commercial Req'ts]
1947-06-02 Application for Airworthiness Certificate and/or Annual Inspection of an Aircraft, Form ACA-305:
Owner: Republic Aviation Corportation; Farmingdale, New York.
Engine: 6A8-215-B9F.
1947-06-02 signed Harry M. Jones, CAA Inspector.
1947-06-02 Bill of Sale, Form ACA-500 Part C:
Purchaser: Safair Flying School; Teterboro Air Terminal, Teterboro, New Jersey.
Seller: Republic Aviation Corporation; M. G. Veckman, Assistant Treasurer.
1947-06-02 Officially delivered from manufacturer Republic Aviation Corporation to Safair Flying School; New Jersey, USA.
1947-06-02 Bill of Sale, Form ACA-500 Part C: Purchaser: Charles P. Day; 42 Jefferson Avenue, Short Hills, New Jersey.
Seller: Safair Flying School, O. P. Hebert, Partner.
1947-06-02 Application for Registration, Form ACA-500 Part B:
Name: Charles P. Day; 42 Jefferson Avenue, Short Hills, New Jersey.
1947-06-12 Registration Certificate, Form ACA-400 Part A, issued to:
Charles P. Day; 42 Jefferson Avenue, Short Hills, New Jersey.
1948-06-19 Application for Airworthiness Certificate and/or Annual Inspection of an Aircraft, Form ACA-305:
Owner's name: Charles P. Day; 42 Jefferson Avenue, Short Hills, New Jersey.
1948-06-17 signed Joseph Gallant, Agent, A&E 10353-57.
1948-06-21 signed Burton H. Ewings, Designee, D.A.M.I. # 2242.
1948-07-01 signed Joseph ?, CAA Inspector.
1949-05-10 Repair and Alteration Form (Aircraft, Propellers, Engines, Instruments), Form ACA-337:
Owner: Charles P. Day; 42 Jefferson Avenue, Short Hills, New Jersey.
Agency: Hartzell; Puqua, Ohio.
Description of work accomplished:

Chord reduced on both blades - 24" Station .310" / 30" Station .300".

1949-05-14 signed C. A. Reed.
1949-06-17 signed Edward B. Oliver, Designee # 2248.
1949-06-22 signed Joseph ?, CAA Inspector.

1949-06-17 Application for Airworthiness Certificate and/or Annual Inspection of an Aircraft, Form ACA-305:
Owner's name: Charles P. Day; 42 Jefferson Avenue, Short Hills, New Jersey.

1949-06-17 signed D. L. Lemey, Agent.
1949-06-17 signed Edward B. Oliver, Designee # 2248.
1949-06-22 signed Joseph ?, CAA Inspector.

1950-12-08 Application for Airworthiness Certificate and/or Annual Inspection of an Aircraft, Form ACA-305:
Owner's name: Charles P. Day; 93 Highland Avenue, Short Hills, New Jersey.

1950-12-08 signed Edward B. Oliver, Agent.
1950-12-08 signed Edward B. Oliver, Designee # 2248.
1950-12-27 signed Joseph ?, CAA Inspector.

1951-10-17 Application for Airworthiness Certificate and/or Annual Inspection of an Aircraft, Form ACA-305:
Owner's name: Charles P. Day.

1951-10-17 signed Edward B. Oliver, Agent.
1951-10-17 signed Edward B. Oliver, Designee # 2248.
1951-10-29 signed J. ?, CAA Inspector.

1951-10-17 Certificate of Airworthiness, Form ACA-1362, issued.
Expire: 1952-10-17.
Issued by: Edward B. Oliver, Designee # 2248.
1952-10-06 Aircraft Inspection Report, Form ACA-305a:
Aircraft total hours: 128:05
Engine (s/n 23943) total hours: 128:05

1952-10-06 signed Edward B. Oliver, Designee # 2248.
1952-10-07 signed J. ?, CAA Inspector, 2-579.2.14.

1952-10-06 Application for Airworthiness Certificate and/or Annual Inspection of an Aircraft, Form ACA-305:
Owner's name: Charles P. Day; 93 Highland Avenue, Short Hills, New Jersey.

1952-10-06 signed Edward B. Oliver, Agent.

1952-10-06 Certificate of Airworthiness, Form ACA-1362, issued.
Expire: 1953-10-06.
Issued by: Edward B. Oliver, Designee # 2248.
1953-11-25 Aircraft Inspection Report, Form ACA-305a:
Aircraft total hours: 133:00
Engine (s/n 23943) total hours: 133:00

1953-11-25 signed Edward B. Oliver, Designee # 2248.
1953-11-27 signed A. T. Blackwell, CAA Inspector, Reg. 2 FW ASDO 21.

1953-11-25 Application for Airworthiness Certificate and/or Annual Inspection of an Aircraft, Form ACA-305:
Owner's name: Charles P. Day; 93 Highland Avenue, Short Hills, New Jersey.

1953-11-25 signed Edward B. Oliver, Agent.

1953-11-25 Certificate of Airworthiness, Form ACA-1362, issued.
Expire: 1954-11-25.
Issued by: Edward B. Oliver, Designee # 2248.
1954-09-13 Application for Airworthiness Certificate and/or Annual Inspection of an Aircraft, Form ACA-305:
Owner's name: Charles P. Day; 93 Highland Avenue, Short Hills, New Jersey.

1954-09-13 signed Tom C. Dixon, Agent.

1954-09-14 Aircraft Inspection Report, Form ACA-305a:
Aircraft total hours: 153:35
Engine (s/n 23943) total hours: 153:35

1954-09-14 signed Edward B. Oliver, Designee # 2248.
1954-09-16 signed J. ?, CAA Inspector, FW257-21.

1954-09-14 Certificate of Airworthiness, Form ACA-1362, issued.
Expire: 1955-09-14.
Issued by: Edward B. Oliver, Designee # 2248.
1955-09-08 Major Repair and Alteration Form (Aircraft, Powerplant, Propeller or Appliance), Form ACA-337:
Owner: Charles P. Day; 42 Jefferson Avenue, Short Hills, New Jersey.
Agency: Tom C. Dixon; P.O. Box 1063, Daytona Beach, Indiana.
Description of work accomplished:

(New weight and balance)

1955-09-08 signed Tom C. Dixon, Agent.
1955-09-17 signed J. ?, CAA Inspector, Reg. 2 FW ASDO 21.

1955-09-29 Aircraft Status Change, Form ACA 195;
Canceled for reason checked below:
[x] 6. Exported. (Export Certificate No. E-11844.)

Cancelled from CAA Aircraft Register.  Exported to Canada.
Export Certificate No. E-11844.

CF-ILM 1971-09-15 Eric B. Robinson; RR 3, Kirkfield, Ontario K0M 2B0, Canada
1997-2000 Development of the Robinson V8 conversion of C-FILM.
2000-07-05 First flight with Robinson GM LS1 (V8) 320 HP engine.
2000-08-29 C of R issued.
2007-03-06 Aircraft deleted from Canadian CAR.
2007-04-13 Converted to "Robinson Special" s/n 001 and re-registered on Canadian CAR as Amateur Built - CAR Standard 549.

Eric B. Robinson; 12 Hardwood Street, R.R. #3, Kirkfield, Ontario K0M 2B0, Canada.

2009-04-22 Lockport, New York, USA.  Off-airport emergency landing after engine problems.
2011-12-23 Last flight with Robinson GM LS1 (V8) 320 HP engine.
Total hours 2,098.
2014-01-14 First flight with Robinson GM LS3 (V8) 425 HP engine.
2016-09-06 Lindsay Airport (CNF4), Ontario.  Emergency landing outside airport after engine power loss after take off.  Electric throttle failure (?).

Brian Robinson wrote to IRSOC about the accident:

We have been doing some development work on the new single lever control system for the engine & propeller. This is a single unit that controls propeller pitch, engine power & the reverse function all into one unit. It has been working extremely well & really simplifies the power management tasks. Unfortunately we had a system failure & the engine went to idle very shortly after takeoff. I botched the associated emergency landing, we thought we had the field made & lowered the landing gear too early. As a result the sink rate increased & we landed short of the runway in some small scrub trees. This would not have been a problem, except there was a fence hidden in the scrub! We snagged the fence & did a very hard landing. Both my passenger and I received back trauma, I will recover without surgery but my passenger underwent surgery yesterday to stabilize his lower back. His surgery was deemed successful and we are hopeful for a full recovery. Thank god we were in a Seabee!! The airplane took a beating but protected us well. The Bee is now back in our hanger & repairs have started. We will be conducting a full investigation to determine the root cause of the power reduction & then take corrective action.

I know people will be sceptical of the electric throttle. I would like to point out that in the good old days I had exactly the same thing happen - engine suddenly went to full idle. In that case it was an old-fashioned mechanical throttle cable that broke. In that incident I managed to do a much better power off landing.

  Sources: RAC Seabee Delivery List.
FAA Aircraft Registry.
Canadian Civil Aircraft Register.
Blair Robinson.
Brian Robinson.

C-FILM (Photo: Blair Robinson)

CF-ILM
Ontario, Canada
21 May 2005
Photo: Brian & Blair Robinson

C-FILM

CF-ILM
Lindsay, Ontario, Canada
September 2016
Photo: Brian Robinson

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