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.
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.