THURSTON TSC-1A/1 TEAL # 15

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 N897TB
Florida, USA
12 January 2005
Photo: Tom Beck / Ian Callier 

Aircraft Data

Manufacturer: Thurston Aircraft Corporation; Box 450, Sanford, Maine 04073, USA.
Model: (1) TSC-1A Teal (FAA Code: 8960404)
(2) TSC-1A1 Teal (FAA Code: 8960405)
Type Certificate No: A15EA
Serial Number: 15
Manufacturing Date: 1970-12-??
Engine:

Avco Lycoming O-320-A3B 150 hp @ 2700 RPM

Remarks: Converted from Model TSC-1A to Model TSC-1A1 with the installation of wing fuel tanks.  Wingspan extended by 4 ft, tailplane span extended 2 ft.
Mode S codes:
50024736 / A029DE (N11AD)
53060400
/ AC6100 (N897TB).
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
N11AD 1970-??-?? Manufacturing date.  Reserved registration number at factory.
1970-12-30 Statement of Conformity, FAA Form 317:
Make: Thurston Aircraft Corporation
Model: TSC-1A
Serial No: 15
Registration No: N11AD
Signature of Certifier: Francis M. Goodness; DMIR 1253, Thurston Aircraft Corporation.
1970-12-30 Flight checked for FAA C of A.
1970-12-30 Application for Airworthiness Certificate, FAA Form 8130-6.
Aircraft Model Designation: TSC-1A (FAA Coding: 8960404)
Engine Model Designation: O-320-A3B (FAA Coding: 41508)
Registered Owner: Thurston Aircraft Corporation; Box 450, Sanford, ME 04073.
Designee's Signature: Francis M. Goodness, DMIR 1253. (DO: SWI-EMDO 1-O-41)
1970-12-30 Airworthiness Date. (Standard Airworthiness Certificate, FAA Form 8100-2, issued).
1971-??-?? First flight from Sanford Airport; Sanford, Maine.
1971-01-04 Aircraft Bill of Sale:
Purchaser: James A. D. Geier; 9100 Kugler Mill Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243.
Seller: Thurston Aircraft Corporation; David B. Thurston, President.
1971-01-08 Aircraft Registration Application:
Applicant: James A. D. Geier; 9100 Kugler Mill Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243.
1971-01-12 Major Repair and Alteration, FAA Form 337:
Installed Bertia ML-200 NAV/COM Transceiver and CLC 30 VOR indicator in instrument panel.
Agency: Airborne Communications, Inc.; Cincinnati, Ohio.
1971-01-20 C of R issued to:
James A. D. Geier; 9100 Kugler Mill Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243.
1971-09-30 Letter from Thurston Aircraft Corporation; Sanford, Maine to FAA;

We have recently gained approval for type certificate for Model No. TSC-1A1 aircraft, and since then have altered three aircraft from a Model TSC-1A to a TSC-1A1.  These aircraft have previously been registered and issued airworthiness certificates as Model TSC-1A.

These aircraft are: Ser. No. 6, Reg. N2006T, registered to Mr. Nick Olchowski, 1325 Magnolia Drive, Munster, Indiana 46321; Ser. No. 15, Reg. N11AD, registered to Mr. James A. D. Geier, Aero Marine Inc., 4700 Airport Road, Lunken Airport, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226; and Ser. No. 19, Reg. 2019T, registered to Mr. Harvey Holz, 1020 West Crescent Ave., Park Ridge, Illinois.

Would you please note and record that these aircraft have been altered to Model TSC-1A1 from TSC-1A.

Signed by Francis M. Goodness; DMIR 1253.

1971-10-26 Change of Aircraft Serial Number/Model, FAA AC Form 8050-80:

To: Francis M. Goodness; Thurston Aircraft Corporation.

We received your notice of change in the model and/or the serial number of your aircraft.  We are unable to change these records on the notice of the owner, since they are determined from information received from the manufacturer or from an approved application for airworthiness certificate.

Our records indicate the following:
[ ] Make and model TSC-1A
[ ] Serial number 6, 15 and 19

You should apply to an FAA Inspector for an airworthiness certificate showing the change.  When we receive the approved FAA Form 8130-6, Application for Airworthiness Certificate, we can change our records and issue you a revised certificate of registration.

Lester G. Robinson; Chief, Aircraft Registration Branch, AC-250.

1972-04-22 C of R change of address:
James A. D. Geier; 3203 Golden Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45226.
1975-11-18 Aircraft Bill of Sale:
Purchaser: Mohawk Aircraft Sales Ltd.; RR #2, Rockwood, Ontario N0B 2K0, Canada.
Seller: James A. D. Geier.
1975-12-16 Letter from James A. D. Geier to FAA, requesting cancellation of N11AD from FAA Aircraft Registry; "...have sold the aircraft and it has been exported to Canada".
1975-12-19 Aircraft Accident Notice, FAA AC Form 8050-17:
The above Registration Number is to be canceled for the reason checked below:
[x] Exported to: Canada.

Cancelled from FAA Aircraft Registry.

C-GDQD 1975-12-31 C of R issued to:
Roy T. Williams; Walkerton, Ontario, Canada.  Aircraft TTSN: 97.5 hrs.
1984-12-07 Sale reported to Canadian CAR.
1985-01-10 C of R issued to:
Leon Gratton; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
1990-08-15 C of R cancelled.
1990-08-20 C of R issued to:
798792 Ontario Ltd.; Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.
1992-01-10 C of R cancelled.
1992-01-10 Oxford Air Services; Thomas H. Martindale, Springfield, Ontario, Canada.
1992-05-01 Canadian DoT Limited Supplemental Type Approval No: O-LSA92-007o issued:
Issued to: T. Martindale; Oxford Air Serices; RR #2, Springfield, Ontario N0L 2J0.
Approval Date: April 17, 1992.
Registration / Serial No.: GDQD/15; GREE/1.
Description of Type Design Change: 
4 Foot Wing Span Increase
2 Foot Stabilizer Span Increase
Installation Data:
Wing extensions as per Thurston Aircraft Corporation Drawings 1-2000 (Sheets 1 and 2), 1-2001 (Sheets 1 and 2), 1-2020, Stabilizer extension a per Thurston Aircraft Corporation Drawing 1-3500 (Sheets 1-4).
1992-05-01 Installation of extended wings, extended tailplane and ferry tanks completed. Wing span extended 4 ft and tailplane extended 2 ft.  Modifications signed off by Allen Woytaz (AME No MO38505), under Canadian DOT Approval No; 0-LSA-92-072.
1992-05-14 Ferry flight from Canada to England started.  Ferry pilot was well known flying boat legend Keith Sissons.  The route flown was;  Brantford - Peterborough (1.3 hrs), Peterborough - Baie-Comeau ( 5.6 hrs), Baie-Comeau - Goose Bay (4.1 hrs), Goose Bay - Narsarsuak (7.9 hrs), Narsarsuak - Reykjavik (10.25 hrs), Reykjavik - Hornafjordur  (3.1 hrs), Hornafjordur - Glasgow (9.4 hrs), Glasgow - Crosland Moor, Huddersfield (2.8 hrs).  The Keith Sissons arrived at Huddersfield on 26 May 1992, after at total flight time of 44.45 hrs.
1992-11-23 C of R cancelled.
1992-12-07 Cancelled from Canadian Civil Aircraft Register.  
G-TEAL 1992-12-08 C of R # G-TEAL/R1 issued to:
Kenneth Heeley; 6 Tipping Lane, Emley, Meltham, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD8 9SN, England.
Based at Crosland Moor Airfield (EGND).
1993-01-?? Damaged by wind storm when flipped over on its back at parking.  UK registration marks were never applied. Wreckage stored at Crosland Moor Airfield (EGND), West Yorkshire, UK.
2001-12-16 Bill of Sale:
Purchaser: Rodney Heaton; Oxenhope, Keighley, Yorkshire, England.
Seller: Kenneth Heeley.
2002-05-24 Cancelled from UK Register.
(N897TB) 2002-09-07 Tom Beck; Green Ridges, Brook Street, Cuckfield, Sussex, England RH17 5JJ. 
Tel: 01444-456866.
2002-09-?? Under restoration in Sussex since September 2002.

Aircraft will be shipped to Florida, March 2003.  Will be registered on US CAR for; Tom Beck; 117 Eagles Nest Drive, Crescent City, FL 32112, USA.

2003-03-13 Shipped from England, destined for Florida, USA.
2004-11-12 Aircraft Bill of Sale ($16,000.00):
Purchaser: Tom Beck; Green Ridges, Brook Street, Cuckfield, Sussex RH17 5JJ. 
Seller: J. R. Heaton.
2004-11-12 Aircraft Registration Application:
Applicant: Floridair Inc.; 117 Eagles Nest Lane, Crescent City, FL 32112-4501.
Tom Beck; President.
N897TB 2005-01-12 C of R issued to:
Floridair Inc. (Thomas M. Beck); 117 Eagles Nest Lane, Crescent City, FL 32112-4501.
2005-01-12 Temporary C of A issued.
2005-07-06 Major Repair and Alteration, FAA Form 337:
The following listed repairs were done in England by employees of British Airways at a time when the aircraft was not registered. In preparations for U.S. Certification I have inspected the aircraft and found that the work done is in accordance with the requirements of AC 43.13-1B, Chapter 4, Section 4 and Chapter 6, Section 13.
....
Agency: John S. Snead; Crescent City, Florida.
  2005-07-18 Airworthiness Date. (Standard Airworthiness Certificate, FAA Form 8100-2, issued).
  Sources: G-INFO.
FAA Aircraft Registry File.
Mark D. Anstey.
Keith V. Tayles.
Tom Beck.
Ian Callier.

Tom Beck and Teal N897TB.

It was all worth it in the end!
Tom Beck having a rest at Flagler Airport, Florida.

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Crosland Moor Airfield (EGND), Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England
18 July 1992
Photo: Please tell me! 

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Crosland Moor Airfield (EGND), Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England
18 July 1992
Photo: Please tell me! 

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