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C-FILM (Photo: Blair Robinson)

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


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)
  1. Franklin 6A8-215-B9F (215 HP at 2500 RPM)
  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:
- 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

- 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
1947-05-?? Manufacturing Date.
1947-05-?? Test flight.
1947-06-02 Officially delivered from manufacturer Republic Aviation Corporation to Safair Flying School; New York, USA.
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.

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

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