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How To Make An Old Airplane New

by John M. White |

In this day and age where everyone seems to want something "new", some innovative souls are taking an older airplane and creating a fascinating new machine which would make any pilot proud. Las Vegas, Nevada resident David Lessnick purchased a 1964 Piper Commanche 250 for $ 80,000 and decided to make it into a "new" airplane. When he finishes installing a zero time engine with chrome valve covers he will have invested about $ 240,000 in the aircraft. In his words he "pimped" it out. It has a Garmin G500 with synthetic vision, the JPI830 digital engine monitoring display and 330 transponder with TSI traffic to keep the pilot happy. Custom seats with InFlight Entertainment displays installed in the back of the pilot and co-pilot seats passengers can be entertained as well. Here is a short video showing you the finished product - the "Vegas Viper":So, the next time someone tells you that it takes a half a million dollars to have a really fine airplane, tell them about this "Vegas Viper"! Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!

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