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COMANCHES IN THE 21st CENTURY

 

 

 CAMILO'S COMANCHE A DREAM MACHINE

Camilo Saiz lives in Bogota, Columbia, and owns a Comanche180.  He dreamed his airplane could do better and he set out to make it happen. 

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One thing he needed was a mighty power plant and some airframe modifications to make his Comanche go faster ... and higher. 

He wanted things that had not been tried before things that would be totally new for a Comanche.

Camilo wanted almost twice the horsepower he had in his 180.

He found it in an engine from a Navaho a turbo TIO-540 350 horsepower.

And his propeller came from Germany an MT Propeller with four blades. 

Some photos show the result

Camilo's Dream Machine takes shape

 A TIO-540 is now mated to the 180 airframe, complete with turbocharger and four blade propeller.  Innovative airframe mods were added before new paint was applied.  A sleek new wing root fairing and a rudder tip extension are shown in the photo above.

The Dream Machine's interior was brought into the 21st Century, too, as you will see.

 
A Dream Panel to match

Camilo's Dream Machine in flight

Hopefully, Camilo will have time to describe this Comanche masterpiece in a future comanchepilot.com article.  Be sure and check for it.  

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