25 Sept, 1995
ISSUE # 23
Ken Harris of Greeley, Colorado bought a wrecked Varga 2180 and says he looks
The last person to have the photo album is Bill Clark, 44048 N. 30th
Street West, Lancaster, California,
Write to him or call him at (805)948-8191 if you want to be the next to get it
or find out where it is
I've had several inquiries about taildragger conversions. To satisfy my
curiosity, would you call or send a
card telling me if you would convert your tricycle gear airplane to a
taildragger if cost was not a
If so, why and if not, why not. If you were to have your airplane converted, how
you expect the conversion to cost? i
I called Carl Sigg and had a nice talk with him about his airplane.
Since he disassembled it for
when it was time for an engine overhaul, he has begun new (and now thriving)
he hasn't had any time to put it back together.
Fly-In: I made it to Merced again this year. Lee Beery and Frank Gulick flew
their Vargas down
spent most of the day there on Saturday. Ken Bunker was also there all weekend
with his Varga.
even had an Air Show there for the first time in several years.
Oshkosh: I didn't make it again this year although I did get a call from
John Morton who said he and his
were going. A friend who flew back in his nicely restored Cessna 170 said it was
an easy trip going
coming (only a little weather dodging on the way back) and weather at the Fly-In
was good all week.
wasn't looking very hard but he said he saw no Vargas there. George Varga was
also there and said
appeared to be a good turn out. Oh
well, I will try again next year.
This annual Arizona fly-in will be at Williams Gateway Airport (formerly
base) October 12(Thursday), 13 and 14. Williams is about a 5 minute hop from
Falcon Field where
keep my plane. Aircraft Spruce is also sponsoring a race called "The
Copperstate Dash" from Apple
CA at 7 AM on Friday, October
13. I have reserved airplane
parking for at least 10
in one row of the "Contemporary/Classic" area. The sponsors have asked
there to help park you and although I can't be there on Thursday, I will be
there all day Friday and
Lee Beery said he and Pat will be there and will try to convince others in the
area to fly along. New member Bob Stambovski said he would try to make it. Henry
Conner, and Del Lutz also said they would try to get there. Copperstate Fly-In
at (520)750-5480 during the day or (520)298-3522 in the evening or you can call
me and I will
you what I know. I have enclosed the official Copperstate flyer for your
PLANES & PARTS:
you know of other places to get
Varga parts repaired, please
know and I wilt
list them in
"Planes & Parts" section.
last Trade-A-Plane that I got had the following Varga ads:
SHINN (For Sale)
2150A, 800 SMOH, 0-320, MK12D radio,
encoder, intercom, strobes, $32,500.
VARGA (For Sale)
VARGA 2150A, 1490TTSN(2000)TBO, 150hp, Collins
VHF.VIR, Mode C, GPS, post lights, strobes,
tow package, interior new, paint 8+, hangered,
801, 370-9611. s2
1978 VARGA 2150A, 1791 TTSN, King KX155w/GS,
King ADF, STS loran, King KT76ATXP
C, voice activated intercom. Beautiful War-
paint. Corrosion treated. $38,000. 915,
1978 VARGA 2150A, 1620TTA&E, hangered,
KN-64, KT76A, Davtron M-80, fuel
flow totalizer. Bob, 310, 534-2333. au2
•77 VARGA 2150A, 750 TTSN, KX125 Nav-
transponder w/encoder, intercom, new
paint, new interior, $35,000. Call af-
5PM for Mike, 810, 667-0615. Ml/au3
1978 VARGA KACHINA 2150A, 1515 TTAE, new
KT76A, new alt., VSI, DG, turn coordinator,
Bruce's canopy. $32,500. 206, 772-6173,
VARGA 1980, 1520 TT, 1000 STOH, all cylinders
9 in/out, hangered, fresh annual, lmron, Lo-
transponder, encoder, strobes, intercom, EGT.
810, 781-8396 after 8PM; 810, 778-7440
'82 VARGA 2180, 268 TTSN, IFR, KX155, KN64
KT76A, HSI, dual brakes, cover. $44.9. 818,
haven't heard from him, so Scott Patterson may still have his airplane, Varga
2150A, N4614V up for
at $36,700. It has a Military USAF T-34 paint job, 2600 hrs TT and 161 hrs since
top overhaul. Always hangered, the annual isn't due until January 1996. It is a
equipped VFR airplane. It will be advertised in
Trade-A-Plane. If you're interested, his is address and
phone number are as follows.
As of June 29th, Dick Pedersen still had his airplane
1980 Varga 2150A, N8422J, serial # VAC 167-80. 850
T.T.A&E, Annual 10-94. King KT76A Txp with
KN62A DME, KY197 COMM, -KN53 NAV, K1204 Glideslope, KR87 ADF, Davtron DVOR,
Alcor EGT, Astrotech Quartz Chronometer, Pointer 3000 ELT, Fire Extinguisher,
Canopy Cover, Winter Front, Strobes, Shop and Parts Manuals,
Heated Pitot, Chrome
New Tires, Autogas STC, Rear Seat Heat, Military Stick Grip(front), Push-To-Talk
New tinted glass all around, Prop recent reconditioning. New Military Paint with
Stars & Bars, is
War Bird Dog Design. Like New yellow vinyl & plaid cloth interior. $43,500
Dick also said he has the following parts for sale:
One Varga vertical fin, paint stripped off, no damage, no
fiberglass tip. Off 2150A. $250.
One Varga 2150A rudder with new skins on it. $250.
N6460 CTH I
Tony, Wl 54563
Bunker still has his plane for sale and has reduced the price to $34,500.
TTSN King 760 Cornm Narco Loran
and X-ponder w/encoder, Intercom-
Looks Like New
Clara, CA 95051
Baylor still has her airplane up for sale. Her Spec Sheet reads as follows:
1979 VARGA KACHINA N#8283J AKA: WARBUG OR MINI T-34,
LYCOMING 0320 (150 HP) TTSN
SMOH 850, COLOR: WHITE/RED, KING KX-170B NAV/COMM Kr76 TRANSPONDER, ACK
C, DUAL RADIO SYSTEM, NICE PAINT/HANGERED, AILERON SERVICE
COMPLIED WITH, CUSTOM INTERIOR\CHART TABLE. NEW OR REBUILT:
ALTERNATOR, MAGNETOS, CLEVELAND BRAKES/BEARINGS. COMPLETE LOGS
AIRFRAME, MAINTENANCE MANUAL, PARTS CATALOG,
ANNUAL -MARCH 95, STC-AUTO FUEL, WELL-MAINTAINED. PRICE: $35,000 FIRM
PAT BAYLOR, 216 N. LONG RIFLE DR., FORT WORTH, TX. 76108 (817)246-4760
Joe Conner says he isn't able to fly enough to justify
keeping his airplane so he has it for sale for
a 1978 2150A with 1180 hours. If you're interested, you can reach him at:
1979 VARGA KACHINA
"F" Street # R-2
2150A S/N VAC-134-79
CoHms VHP-251, CollinsVIR-351,
TRD950 & D120-P2-T Transponder/Encoder,
glider towing package installed; climb prop.
Interior within last eight months; light gray.
in very good shape; black and silver stripes on white.
new and maintained by U.S. Air Force (100 hour inspections)
Wally Tharp found out about the VG-21 Squadron and asked me to advertise his
airplane for sale.
is a 1978 Varga 2150A, N4651V, VAC101-78, with no damage history, red, white and
blue paint( an 8 out of 10) with a 6 out of 10 interior, IFR with G/S, Loran,
transponder w/encoder. He says it was an Illinois CAP airplane the was always
hangered before it came to Arizona. He's asking $30,000 and can be reached at
the following address.
Membership: A $20 annual donation will cover all the printing and mailing costs
for at least four
a year and will help pay for return phone calls, letters and postage when you
have questions or
that require a quick or personal response. Old VG-21 Newsletters: $10 covers
most of the
and mailing costs.
Johnson's new address is:
New members include the following:
30th Street West
Bob bought Shinn 2150A N5124V. He works for NASA at
Edwards Air Force Base.
Palmer Putnum of Boise, Idaho has just joined our
group. He is restoring his Morrisey (which he has
since 1967) to flying condition after 12 years of storage. He says
"Hello!" to Bill Morrisey. He can
Palmer H. Putnum
N. Westminster Place
forgot to ask for your phone number Palmer!)
David Vanderblom recently bought Morrisey serial
number 5, N5105V. You can contact him at:
I have been asked by both owners and potential buyers
what I think a particular Varga is worth. Lee
tried to help members with this question in Newsletter #t 7 where
he added and subtracted value
for the condition of various airframe and engine components peculiar to a Varga
but typical of many
that could cost money to improve. This is a very good place to start, whether
you are a buyer
a seller, and I will send a copy of that page of the newsletter if you ask for
Placing value on an airplane can be a very sticky
problem. For example, I may think that my airplane is
a lot because it is a "one of a kind", experimental,
taildragger Varga. To me, being one of a
makes it attractive and special, being experimental allows me to change
anything I want, anytime,
taildragger looks neat and gives a certain status to it's pilot and, not
many people can say they own a
But a potential buyer may think of all those things that I consider to be
positive attributes as
"One of a kind" may mean custom made parts
that will be difficult to replace if necessary,
means it can't be flown for hire or rented, taildragger means it will be
more difficult for the
average pilot to take off and land a Varga means that
maintenance and parts may be more expensive
and harder to find. So, what is clearly a silk purse to me could very well be a sow's ear to someone else.
being said, I'd just like to let you know that although I'll be happy to render
an opinion about any
you should be aware that I am a biased observer and think any Varga is worth
what you pay for it,
regardless of its condition.
have copies of the following FAA 337's for the Varga/Shinn/Morrisey:
Trans-Cal Industries model # SSD120 encoder installation.
A sliding canopy.
A model 2180 engine mount repair and reinforcement.
A model 2180 carburetor heat box reinforcement.
A Northstar model MI Loran installation.
An aileron rib repair.(l'm not sure if this is an aileron rib repair or a
wing rib repair at the aileron
A rear seat storage bin installation.
A nose wheel fairing installation.
A main wheel and gear fairing installation.
Additional nose wheel steering spring installations.
Overhead canopy glass installation.
Installation of an Airwolf remote oil filter on the left side of the firewall
underneath the voltage
A landing gear area wing rib repair.
Another landing gear area wing rib repair.
An oil cooler relocation to the left air inlet.
A battery relocation forward of the firewall where the oil cooler was.
A tail wheel airplane main gear relocation.
A Cessna tail wheel installation.
I have 8 1/2" XII" Xerox color copies of Don
Tate’s Taildragger but they probably won't reproduce well
if you want to see the photos let me know and I will sent them to you.
I got a call and a note from Bill dark who has a
factory built Model 2180 Taildragger. He discovered a
near a weld in the left rear pedal support tube where it attaches to the larger
diameter tube that
fore and aft between the spars. He said the crack may have been caused by tail
Dave Wells said that the plastic brake fluid line that
runs between the brake fluid reservoir and the
cylinders was found broken at his last annual inspection. It is inexpensive PVC
tubing that could
affected by age and may require replacement on your airplane if it hasn't been
checked in a while.
Myron Buswell said his Shinn N5131V was badly damaged
in a forced landing in October of 1992
by fuel starvation at low altitude with one tank on and the other off. His note
said "I sincerely
that a big (BIG) placard stating both tanks on - whenever altitude is less than
is needed.". He said he has most of the repair parts on hand and hopes to
rebuild by summer of
year. He also said "Hello to Bill Morrisey" and that VG-21 members and
Varga owners could call him
time at (503) 838-3737.
Mike Milter of Norton Aviation in New Bedford,
Massachusetts said he is helping to maintain a Shinn and
found broken springs in the main landing gear. He also needs
torque link bushings if some one out there
where to get them. The landing gear springs listed in the Varga Parts Catalog
have Varga part
but were bought from the Century Spring Corporation and modified (ground) only
slightly to fit
the Varga landing gear. I have listed the Century part number next to the Varga part number as follows:
(Model 2150 Nose Gear):
Century # D-108
(Model 2180 Nose Gear):
Century # D-108
(Model 2180 Nose Gear):
Century # D-125, cut to 10", closed and ground.
2150/2180 Main Gear):
Century # D-108
2150/2180 Nose Gear):
Century # D-125, cut to 10", closed and ground.
think Varga bought all of it's airframe springs from Century except for the
muffler support torsion springs and tailwheel springs. Most springs are listed
in the Varga parts catalog by their Century part number. I have a Century
Catalog if you want spring specifications for a particular part number.
Century Spring Corporation
P.O. Box 15287
East 16th Street
Angeles, California 90015
IN MORRISEY 2150 AIRCRAFT
(ALSO KNOWN AS SHINN AND
ONLY FOR THE 2150 & 2150A AIRCRAFT)
was one compelling reason that the Morrisey 2150 was not
in the Acrobatic category at the time of the FAA
Under the Civil Air Regulations, Part
03, being used at that
a six turn spin was required. Due
to the design of the
it would not remain stalled after approximately 1 1/2 turns
spiraled out. ..thus, it could not comply.
I pointed out
the FAA they were encouraging the industry to improve the
of design, which we had done. At
the same time, as in our
that the design must be rendered primitive again to meet
flight test requirements.
Moreover, to obtain approval for
spins in the Utility Category
pounds - 4.4 G's) CAR Part 3.124b says that the airplane
meet the requirements for the Acrobatic Category.
remains to qualify under 3.124a. Normal (N) category
"...all airplanes in Category N, regardless of weight,
be placarded against spins...". No
recognition was al-
to the fact that the 2150 could spin almost two turns
satisfactorily recover at the 1570 pounds weight.
Ironically, this prohibition has
given rise to much careless
mistaken speculation on the part of people, who are, at
best, too poorly informed to offer opinions.
told of a rumor that the restriction was needed to keep the
out of flat spins, ..another, "the fuselage would break
aft of the wing". MY, MY.
Approval was given for limited
aerobatics in the Utility Cate-
at 1570 pounds to include the following at the speeds
as shown in Aircraft Specification 4A19:
Chandelles - 117 MPH IAS
Steep Turns - 117 MPH TAS
Stalls (Except Whip Stalls)
Spins prohibited in Normal and Utility Categories.
involving full application of elevator or rudder or
should be confined to speeds below maneuvering speed.
call or write if_you have any questions. We
will try to help you.
NEXT: Maintenance Item #19 will be about the exhaust system. Hopefully
I'll be able to tell you about the great turn out at the Copperstate Fly-In. I
will reprint a qualitative flight evaluation of a Varga 2180TG by former NASA
test pilot, Jim Patton. Since I've been asked so many times about the
taildragger STC and parts, I've written to Loren Perry to ask him if he is going
to make them available for sale. I hope to have an answer for you.