Teal News -
It must be admitted that the Teal News
reports have been very few the last couple of years... I don't know why,
but very little Teal news have been reported to this website.
However, I am glad to report that there now are several indications that the Teal
community is still alive - and well!
Peter E. Ward of Quispamsis, New Brunswick,
Canada, is happy to report that he and his friend Malcolm Blair now are
the proud owners of Teal #19, C-FYSJ ex N2019T, purchased from Richard
Callis in July 2013. #19 was rebuilt by Lake Central Air Services in
Muskoka, Ontario, Canada during 2003-2008, and is modified with a number
of modifications designed by David B. Thurston. Originally a Model
TSC-1A (upgraded to TSC-1A1), #19 was rebuilt to TSC-1A2/EP
specifications: flapped wings added, extended tail plane, Lycoming
O-320-B3B 160 hp engine and electric tachometer to eliminate long tach-cable
- Though I have extensive
experience as an airline pilot, I have much to learn about the safe
operation of the Teal. So far, I have only logged a couple of hours of
flight time, but hope to continue adding hours and experience as our very
long and harsh Canadian winter gradually gives way to spring. I am
currently being tutored by Jim Watson, who has considerable knowledge and
experience and is the owner of Teal #034.
Speaking of Jim Watson, Jim has now
repainted #034, C-FUGG, which looks fabulous in her US Coast Guard style
paint scheme! Jim has done a lot of flight testing in #34 and is
becoming more and more an expert on Teals!
It is also great to see that most Teals are
resurrected, even after accidents. Currently two Teal projects are
for sale; for those who would like to put together their own unique
amphibian. Kerry Gorman is selling #033 in Arizona, USA, with a
total time on airframe of only 160 hrs! #033 looks like a very good
and complete project!
At Barnstormers, it is also noticed that
#038, the last Teal ever built, is for sale. Photos indicate that
there is quite some work left to do, before #038 is restored after a tragic
crash in 1992. Still, I hope someone will take on the task of
restoring this last Teal built...