What other airplane combines the looks and handling of a WWII military fighter,
that great Round Engine Sound and comfortable cockpits with Bonanza speed and baggage space for cross-country cruising? And
you don’t need to own an oil company to keep it fed. The airplanes are dead simple and stone reliable–made to
be maintained by illiterate peasants like you and me. You can fly formation and mix it up with your buddies, do aerobatics
or take the spouse on those flights to fancy. And they’re so easy to fly! Whether you’re military or civilian,
Captain or Private, they are absolute pussycats. The trailing-arm landing gear makes every landing a greaser.
If you've been paying attention you've noticed
that CJ prices have kept going up, even during the last recession and airline implosion. If the airlines ever get
stabilized (and they're hiring now) count on a big jump in prices as nervous pilots re-enter the market. You're not
going to be stuck with a depreciating asset--in fact, when time comes to sell you'll probably be wondering how to reduce the
tax bite on the capital gains! Demand just keeps increasing because there ain't nothin' out there to compete with these
airplanes. None (except maybe one--see below--and that's a matter of taste). RV's? Great airplanes, gotta
love 'em, but no, not even close. Yak-52's? They're terrific airplanes, too, bargain-basement steals, and the
only real contender for a serious CJ rival, but kinda ugly to some eyes, not very practical--no cockpit or baggage space,
no lights for night flying and not enough fuel--though better for aerobatics, after all, the single seat version--the
Yak-50--was World Aerobatics Champion. HSAT, -52W's and TW's are another matter altogether, lots of power, 74 gallons
of gas, lights, baggage etc, but they're pretty hard to come by and, to lots of folks, still not as pretty as a CJ.
But there's no question -52's are better aerobatic airplanes. If aerobatics is your thing, you want a -52--any model.
But for general utility and GOOD LOOKS that make everybody drool, CJ's are the ticket. T-34's? T-6's? You
gotta love 'em, but no, no way, sorry. Let me re-phrase that--in many ways CJ-6A's are roughly equivalent to to North American AT-6's
and Beech T-34's--but without the $$Big$$ price tags and wing separation problems. Performance-wise they're very
CJ-6A empty weight is typically about 1000kg (2200 lbs.) and gross weight is 1400kg
(3080 lbs.)–lighter than a T-34. The Huosai HS-6A geared, nine-cylinder, radial engine makes 285hp (more power than
a stock T-34), so the power-to-weight ratio is good. TBO is 1200 hours. The propeller is an all-metal, constant speed “J9G1"
unit made just for the airframe and engine combination. Takeoff run is about 920 feet at sea level and the rate of climb is
about 1300 fpm. You’ll get a normal cruise true airspeed of about 165 to 175 mph on 12-13gph, depending on the power
setting and altitude. Stall at gross comes at 64mph and the landing distance is about 1150 ft. The retractable landing gear,
large flap, starter and brakes are all pneumatic, so you’ll never leak or run out of hydraulic fluid and cold weather
is no problem when starting. The main and emergency air bottles provide plenty of power for operating the systems and there
is an on-board, engine-driven compressor to keep the bottles full.
0-SMOH replacement engines are available for only $12K, outright,
or $10K exchange. Add $2K for installation. A real bargain in the aviation world.
Rate of roll is about 120 degrees per second, and the ailerons are
nice and light, so you don’t need two hands to muscle it around. The CJ excels at graceful low-G loops, rolls, Immelmans,
snap rolls etc. Even first-timers find aerobatics easy and fun–passengers, too. Spins are a non-event--airplane handling
is completely vice-free and predictable. Both cockpits feature non-tumbling electric military Attitude Indicators, slaved
Heading Indicators and a full set of controls. Since the gear is tricycle, landings are a snap, and the trailing link landing
gear soaks up the shock. You just can’t make a bad landing. Did you know American engine rotation (counter-clockwise
from the front) is just about unique in the world? Since the geared, 9-cylinder, Huosai radial engine turns the other way,
you'll find yourself automatically adding LEFT rudder on the takeoff roll. Ground steering is by differential braking using
the powerful pneumatic brakes, which are operated by a stick-mounted lever. Visibility is excellent and ground handling is
We buy our CJ’s directly from the Chinese Air Force (PLA).
All are recently retired, low-time aircraft (1000-4000 hrs TT) with low-time engines and props (under 300 SMOH). From time
to time the PLA rounds up their available airplanes for us, we go to China to inspect them, pick only the best, then have
a thorough overhaul performed by the PLA in China. The landing gear is completely overhauled and re-bushed, new brakes are
installed, the instruments and electrical components are fully inspected, tested and repaired as necessary, along with the
hoses, tires and tubes etc. Then they’re shipped to Seattle and trucked to Arlington Municipal Airport (KAWO) in Arlington,
WA, where we perform our magic, transforming your dreams into real airplanes. These are the creme de la creme of CJ’s.
Although we custom build the airplanes to be just the way you want,
most tend to fall into a few typical categories we call The Bone Stocker, The Stealth Bomber, The Stunner and The Full-Tilt
Boogie Superformer (whew!). You can call them whatever you want.
You can have a 400hp, custom built airplane for half the price of a new Cessna 172, in fact, for about the same price
as a little Diamond DA-20 or a Liberty XL!! Prices start at only $135K! This is an unbelievable bargain, but it
takes a little time, so get your order in NOW!!
WHOLE ENCHILADA Full Tilt Boogie Superformer
with 400hp M14PF, Whirlwind or MT 3-blade prop, custom interior, paint, Dynon glass panels, Garmin IFR moving map GPS avionics
package etc. This is the Real Deal for only $139K!!! Or spec your custom-built airplane any way you want it and
we'll have it built just for YOU! This is an introductory deal for the first three airplanes only, so you'd better HURRY
UP!! Volume discounts for you and your squadron buddies!
The Bone Stocker: DIY Special
Want to keep your costs as close to the bone as possible? Then the Bone Stocker is for you. Bone Stock is the way
the airplanes arrive from China. They are fresh from overhaul, with low-time engines and props (under 300 SMOH), but may need
new fabric cover on the control surfaces (if you want to put on a pretty paint job) and the paint is ugly, no doubt about
it. The Bone Stocker is the Do It Yourself Special, ready for you to take home, assemble, add gas and oil and go fly. These
are airworthy, overhauled airplanes, not projects.
Since the Chinese use cotton fabric on the control surfaces, which has a comparatively short life-span, we recommend
replacing it with US Stits Poly-Fiber, Ceconite or equivalent (especially if you’re going to spend money on a paint
job). The Chinese paint serves its purpose well, but the finish quality is far below US standards–still, sometimes,
with a little effort, you can make it look pretty good. Some folks keep the Chinese paint to be as "original" and authentic
as possible. The Chinese remove their com avionics (top secret!), but usually leave the vintage ADF in place. It’s an
interesting looking box (dead copy of a US WWII model), the size of a suitcase, and sometimes they even work! It serves as
useful ballast when you fly solo to keep the CG in place, so don’t throw it away. When flying cross-country, it slides
right out, saving a bunch of weight and the space adds to the baggage compartment.
The price of a Bone Stocker: only $60K--cheaper than that gas-guzzling fancy SUV you bought or that new Mercedes
your wife wants.
The Stealth Bomber looks Bone Stock, with the Chinese paint left in place, but has all of the important improvements,
making it everything you want, mechanically and functionally.
We replace the fabric on the control surfaces with US Stits Poly-Fiber or Ceconite (your call), install US airspeeds,
altimeters, rate-of-climbs and manifold pressure gages, in both front and rear cockpits. We put fire sleeve on the fuel and
oil hoses, install wingtip strobes, Hooker four-point harnesses (seven-point harnesses are also available), a new sealed lead-acid
24v battery, powder coat the instrument panels, add an Ameriking ELT with front cockpit annunciator, Hobbs meter, custom engraved
switch and instrument labels, assemble, test fly and license the airplane. It’s ready for you to take home and have
the time of your life. Five hours of ground and flight instruction is included at no additional cost.
Fly-away price for a Stealth Bomber is only $75K--about the price of a decent used 172 or a fifty-year-old Bonanza.
WAY Cheaper than a new Light Sport Aircraft.
Becker makes a slick little 2-1/4" com and transponder for basic VFR avionics, adding $4K, installed. Works great
with your handheld GPS. Want a panel mount GPS/com? Add the Bendix-King VFR moving map GPS/com Avionics Package for only $5K.
Want basic IFR? Add the enroute and terminal IFR approved Garmin moving map GPS/com Avionics Package, which includes an IFR
Garmin 300XL GPS/com w/moving map, GTX320A transponder, Ameriking encoder and intercom for $84K. Can’t beat it!
OK, the Stealth Bomber is the Real Thing, but to some eyes, she’s not a real knockout. She’s attractive
enough, but she needs a party dress and some war paint! She needs that custom paint job, maybe with some custom nose art and
some interior refinements, like custom leather upholstery. The Stunner is what you want. A real knock ‘em dead sweetheart!
Although the cost of paint varies, depending on just exactly what you want, typical cost is $10-15K for a multi-color polyurethane
paint job in your scheme. Leather upholstery usually adds about $1K. Gorgeous! You want to talk to folks and do a little navigating
every once in a while? Add a Becker 2-1/4" com and transponder to go with your handheld GPS, a panel-mount Bendix-King VFR
GPS/com or Garmin IFR moving map GPS/com Avionics Package.
Total cost for your Stunner, with custom paint and interior: only $88K, $92K with the Becker com and transponder,
$93K with a VFR Bendix King moving map GPS/com Avionics Package or $97K with the Garmin IFR moving map GPS/com Avionics Package.
Try to find a comparable airplane at a similar price--ain't none nowwhere! Get rid of that second home you never use
before the bottom falls out and get something a lot more fun than those property tax and maintenance bills.
Full-Tilt Boogie with The Superformer!
Alright, she’s a beauty, a real Stunner, but you want something MORE? 285hp’s not enough? You say you
want more...power? We got MORE POWER! No doubt about it, the Vedeneyev M14P with 360hp is one awesome engine. If 360hp won’t
set your hair on fire, try the 400hp M14PF! Either way, when you put the pedal to the metal this beauty really gets with it.
The rate of climb doubles. Top speed goes up. Aerobatic vertical performance enters a whole new dimension. Totally awesome!
New M14P’s cost about $20K and a 3-blade Whirlwind or MT Aerobatic propeller is about $12K. Want to save a little
money? The Russian "V-period" 2-blade is about $5K. The 400hp M14PF costs about $25K. Installation adds another
$5K. An inverted fuel and oil system can be added if you want it. This transforms a CJ-6A into a Whole New Thing. Full-Tilt
Boogie barely begins to describe it! Superformer!
The Full-Tilt Boogie Superformer w/360hp, V-period 2-blade prop and the basic Becker com/txp package is $122K,
with the Bendix-King VFR moving map GPS/com Avionics Package its $123K, or with the Garmin IFR moving map GPS/com Avionics
Package just $127K. Add $7K for a 3-blade prop.
But what about utility, you say? Sometimes, you just want to go places. You know, straight and level, with only
an occasional loop and roll to keep your blood circulating. And sometimes there are clouds to be penetrated. What about that?
Bags? Where do you put the baggage? No worries--Piece of Cake. We add a good-sized externally-accessible baggage compartment
where the old Chinese avionics used to reside. We can also add long-range fuel and a well-equipped IFR panel for a comfortable,
stunningly beautiful, custom airplane that is as useful for cross-country flying as it is fun for hairballs with your mates.
Want a glass panel? No problem. Autopilot? Sure thing. The options list goes on forever. The sky is literally No Limit. Turn
your Stealth Bomber, Stunner or Full-Tilt Boogie Superformer into a Super Transformer! (Am I getting a little carried away
with this name thing? Nah!)
Well, that gives you some idea of what can be done. Regardless of how you equip your airplane, you won’t
find anything to match the bang for the buck anywhere, new or used. Your airplane will be custom built just for you, with
just the options you want and you’re going to love it! And the price is right. That’s why there are more than
200 CJ’s in the US. They are absolutely, positively, the most fun, top value available anywhere in the world of aviation
today, bar none.
You've earned it--take it!
So, what are you waiting for? Better HURRY UP 'cause life don't wait for nobody.