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Superb handling and very fast roll response make the Stinson 108 a delight to fly. Roll control can be maintained down to the stall, which is mild. A lightly loaded aircraft can outclimb an early Skyhawk and better it in short-field performance as well.

A large panel frames a comfortable, automobile-style cockpit noted for its excellent visibility. Voyagers have a single fuel gauge, which serves both tanks. Unless a switch on the gauge is moved, the gauge may not show fuel in the tank selected. Ric has changed to a dual-indicating unit that displays the fuel level in both tanks.

The ceiling-mounted screw trim control.

C-FKJV’s proud owner, Ric Henkel.

To avoid the usual floatplane “dock rash” problems, Henkel constructed an ingenious lifting platform supported by 2x4-inch steel tubing and driven by a 4,500-pound-rated RV winch attached to his dock. On arrival, C-FKJV floats above the platform, which is then raised with the aircraft on it completely above the waterline.

C-FKJV flies on Edo 2440 round-topped floats. Stinson 108s are more commonly seen on flat-topped Edo 2425s. Since its purchase in 1994, this aircraft has been completely recovered and reconditioned throughout, including a rebuilt Continental O-470R by Aero Recip and propeller by Canadian Propeller in Winnipeg.

Stalls in a Stinson are tame, with one wing dropping only slowly. Some owners attribute the aileron control at the stall to the built-in slots near each wing tip.

Interior comfort is good–better than the Luscombe and Cessna 140. However, the 108’s tapered fuselage reduces the width of the simple, suspended sling-type rear seat. Knee room is tight for today’s bigger adults.

A lavish two-year, ,000 restoration has revitalized a 1948-vintage classic.

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