I learned to fly in my dad’s IFR-equipped Cessna 172K, N84573. I did a google search on the registration number and found this page. It contains:
What does that mean? That the FAA mailed the form and that the owner has not returned it?
I found this trusty airplane sitting derelict at Fullerton Airport a few years ago. It’s oleo strut was streaked with black, the left main had no rubber and the right was flat, there was a rusty chain around the prop. It had been re-painted – poorly. (Here’s a photo of how it looked when dad bought it in 1976). The guard at the airport said it hadn’t flown in a year. This, as I mentioned, was about four or five years ago. I’m guessing – and this is only a guess – that it reached TBO and the owner could not afford to have the engine rebuilt. And so it sat and deteriorated.
I tried to contact the owner twice over two years to see if he wanted to sell it. I received no reply. A mechanic at Fullerton found my webpage and e-mailed me about it several months ago. It would be stupid to buy this aircraft. For what it would cost to get it flying again, I could buy one that’s already airworthy. But I hate seeing a perfectly good machine fall into ruin. And this particular machine gave me hours of fun and a lifetime of memories.
What does it really need? Engine overhaul, certainly. New tires. Avionics testing and recertification. Maybe a new prop. (It wears the replacement provided after the original lost six inches of its tip while being delivered to dad in 1976.) Annual inspection, and repair of anything wrong that they find. New paint. (Actually, it will fly the same with the hideous paint; so that’s not a real priority.)
What will all of that cost, over and above the purchase price if the owner decides to sell?
What does the quoted statement mean?
If it means it’s not registered, what are the repercussions?
I sincerely hope that Mr. Lee either gets '573 airworthy again, or sells it to someone who will get it back in the air.