I’m super-excited to bring professional stall/spin training to the PA-46 and TBM community! N34351 is a stunningly gorgeous 1943 Meyers OTW, an open-cockpit biplane that brings back the fun of a by-gone era of aviation.
Why a Meyers OTW? I just love airplanes that are “cool”, and this airplane is super-cool to me! It is a fully aerobatic trainer from the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP) just prior to (and during) WWII. The Meyer’s line of airplanes are renowned for being “overbuilt”, strong, and predictable. How strong? There has never been an Airworthiness Directive (AD) placed against a Meyers OTW!
But, I wanted an airplane that would be a great platform for stall/spin training and the Meyers OTW will be a super steed for that job. PA-46 pilots that come for Annual Recurrent and Initial Training can now experience stall/spin training that is realistic, life-saving, and fun. I promise your next recurrent training will be the most fun you’ve ever experienced!
Why N34351? Quite simply, it is one of the most attractive and well-restored biplanes I’ve ever seen. It is absolutely stunning. N34351 was the winner of the “Outstanding Open Cockpit Biplane – WWII Era” at Oshkosh 2014. When I first saw this airplane, I knew it was perfect for my intended use. Plus, it sounds really cool! The Kinner engine has the coolest “rumble”!
A few caveats…the Meyers OTW is slightly smaller than a Stearman, and the cockpit is not made for super-large or super-tall people. If you are over 6’3″ or weigh over 230#, you might not find the OTW very comfortable. If you are wondering whether you’ll fit, go ahead and schedule training and go for a “test ride”. I’m 6’3″ and my knees barely fit. But, once I’m in the cockpit, it is oh-so-sweet, with plenty roomy for me.
Make plans now to come to Casey Aviation for your next Annual Recurrent or Initial Training event. I’ll introduce you to some of the coolest flying ever…
The cost of adding stall/spin training to your recurrent training event is $900 additional ($2,600 total).