The ERCO ERCoupe is an American low-wing monoplane aircraft that was first flown in 1937. Manufactured by the Engineering and Research Company (ERCO) the ERCoupe 415-C went on sale in 1940. Lacking rudder pedals, the ERCoupe was flown using only the control wheel. A two-control system linked the rudder and aileron systems, which controlled yaw and roll, with the steerable nose wheel. The control wheel controlled the pitch and the steering of the aircraft, both on the ground and in the air, simplifying control and coordinated turning and eliminating the need for rudder pedals.
This example (N99577 / SN:2200) was manufactured in Riverdale, MD. Historical records (see here) show that the aircraft was sold to a gentleman from Hayward, CA and delivered in June of 1946. The aircraft was delivered with a Sensenich propeller and a C75-12 Continental 4 cylinder air cooled, horizontally opposed engine, rated at 75 HP. The aircraft has since been outfitted with a C85-12 Continental engine that is rated at 85 HP. It was last overhauled in July of 2012. Log entries show the engine to have approximately 2,549 Hrs SNEW with total time since last major overhaul being less than one hundred hours. Recommended TBO is 800 Hrs.
In October of 2008 the interior panels, seat, seat belts and carpeting were refurbished. The vinyl was replaced using a Douglas Matte material finished in medium grey. The carpet was refinished in Douglas fusion flint. The aircraft currently uses a McCauley propeller ( model CF71481/IA90) that was last overhauled in April of 2012. Log books show TSOH is less than one hundred hours. The aircraft has no known damage history and all logs appear to be complete and consecutive.
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