Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Performance
Never exceed - 153mph
Cruise - 120mph
Climb (sea level) - (IO-360)76.5mph
Rate of Climb (sea level) - 1150 ft/min
Service Ceiling - 17'000ft
Stall Speed - 56mph
Load Factor - +5.4 / -4.0G
Fuel Range - 3.8hr / 300miles
Fuel Capacity - 27.4 US Gal
Fuel Consumption 3.5-18.5 US Gal/hr
Gross Weight - 1800lb
Empty Weight(approx) - 1233lb
Max Baggage - 40lb
Wing Loading - 9.63il/sq.ft
Powerplant/SystemsEngine - Lycoming AEIO-360-B1G6
Propeller - Hertzell Constant Speed, HC-C2YK-4AF/FC7666A-2 (74" diameter)
Living the Dream - I have bought a Great Lakes bi-plane.
I purchased my Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 from Mark Wood in America formerly N3613L (known as Dreamcatcher), which is now registered in the UK as G-GLII. This aircraft will join the UK fleet as the third factory aircraft on the UK register. I had been flying for exactly 10 years on the day I bought the Great Lakes and this is my third aircraft. My first aircraft a Cessna FRA150L made way for the Great Lakes - and I also have a Vans RV7 which I have recently completed construction of and was looking for a new project. I had thought of a Vans RV8 when I discovered 13L via the internet after my interest in the type was re-ignignted following an evening rib stitching a plans built Great Lakes being built by a friend David Graham. Mark was selling 13L in a dismantled state after a section of top covering detatched above the fuel tank and collided with the tail and damaging it. Fortunately, he was able to fly back and land safely to discover the extent of the damage - he then decided to commence a full restoration. However personal circumstances forced him to abandon the project and I flew over to Phoenix where I purchased 'Dreamcatcher'.
Vans RV7 project diary (see 'Previous Project' below).
New project has arrived in my workshop - pictures soon.
Rebuild Diary 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Project Status : May 2011 - Inspection complete, awaiting paperwork from LAA. (Over 5'700 pictures of restoration).
Links to parts of this site & others.
Light Aircraft Association (LAA)
Great Lakes Aircraft Company
Great Lakes Yahoo Group
Roberto's Great Lakes Project
420hp Turbine Great Lakes
Flight Review Great Lakes
Nelson model R/C Great Lakes Kit
YouTube Aero Videos (opens new window)My first Great Lakes flight (Chandler)
My Great Lakes (Mark Flying)
Aerobatics in Dreamcatcher
Great Lakes Speedster
Wing Walking a Great Lakes Bi-plane
Bucker Jungman Aero Practice
Patty Wagstaff - Aerobatic Champion
Links to support sites.Great Airplanes
Garmin Aviation Updates
Flight Data Systems
Precision Technical Publications
Supplier sites/links (opens new window).Cambrai Aircraft Covers
Mick Allen Aircraft Resprays
Parts for Aircraft (UK company)
Classic Aero Design (seats & Interior)
The Claw Tie Down
Hooker Custom Harnesses
Aircraft Smoke Systems
ANR Headset Kits
Av Buyer - Aircraft for sale.
Site updates & history..........
Updates listed here except Restoration Diary is updated almost daily.
29-April-11Reassembled and inspection passed, awaiting paperwork.
March-11I move my Great Lakes to the hangar.
December-10Milestone in the project, engine refitted.
12-Jun-10UK Great Lakes Owners.
01-Jun-10Hampshire LAA aircraft weight and balance service.
26-Feb-10Aircraft AutoCAD services..
26-Mar-09More Great Lakes added to owners pages - Series I & Series II.
12-Jan-09Replacing the original Great Lakes fuel valve with an Andair FS20x1-M.
23-Apr-08I am thinking of fitting a rear cockpit canopy.
14-Mar-08More aircraft added to owners and their Great Lakes, Also two aircraft to Aircraft and PARTS FOR SALE page - mail me if you would like to add anything.
06-Jan-08To help owners source parts for their Great Lakes I have added a PARTS FOR SALE page - mail me if you would like to add some parts you have available.
05-Dec-07Created first and second generation Great Lakes history/owners pages.
25-Nov-07Updated YouTube video links (on this page) - Rebuild diary being updated almost daily.
23-Aug-07Update help page & supplier links. Added video of me flying Great Lakes at Chandler.
21-Aug-07Update Restoration Diary Pages. I have some restoration questions, can you help?
01-Aug-07Container with my Great Lakes has arrived. Also see my August '07 news email/page.
31-Jul-07More pictures of Andy and me packing 13L in Phoenix.
25-Jul-07More pictures of me flying Great Lakes at Chandler in Phoenix.
06-Jul-07First flight Roberts Great Lakes G-BUPV. Pictures of the crates we built for 13L in Phoenix.
05-Jul-07Great Lakes instrument panel pictures. Cover panel pictures.
03-Jul-07Andy and I travelled to Phoenix to pack the Great Lakes.
02-Jul-07Marks pictures of 13L.
Mark named this aircraft dreamcatcher, the name sums up what it meant to him, I know that selling this has been a very tough decision for him and because of that, meeting Mark and his family, experiencing their hospitality and knowing what Dreamcatcher meant to him has made this a bitter-sweet experience for me. I don't know what the final name will be, however, throughout, the restoration and as a tribute to a really nice guy, I am keeping the name of Dreamcatcher and Mark will not be far from my mind in this project.
My Great Lakes Project History
A quick breakdown of significant events on the project.
24-Dec-07Receive a phone call from Francis at PFA to say CAA have granted permission to go onto Permit to fly. Now awaiting paperwork from PFA.
15-Aug-07Sent my application to PFA to have the Great Lakes put onto a Permit to Fly.
01-Aug-07The container arrives from Phoenix, and I unpack into the workshop.
29-Jun-07Finally the covering chemicals are dispatched from the US.
26-Jun-07Great Lakes is packed and container departs Falcon Field WITHOUT the recovering chemicals.
21-Jun-07Phoenix DAR recovers 13L from Marks workshop and moves it to a secure area at Falcon Field airfield ready to pack into a container.
18-Jun-07We leave Phoenix and the container to ship 13L has not arrived.
12-Jun-07Andy and I fly to Phoenix Arizona, and I purchased N3613L.
26-Apr-07I visit David Grahame and help rib stitch, this reminds me how much I like the Great Lakes. The following day I discover Dreamcatcher for sale on the internet.
Airfield & Flight Planning Sites
(A NEW BROWSER WINDOW WILL OPEN)
UK Flight planning & weather data.
National Air Traffic (NATS)
Met Office Weather - login
Metcheck (not aviation weather)
UK Airfield websites.Popham Airfield (EGHP)
Peterborough Sibson (EGSP) - NSOF
Northweald - Area 51(Jets)
French Planning & Airfield Data.French AIP
Aerodrome Chateau la Chassagne
Spanish Planning & Airfield Data.Spanish AIP (Reg req')
Other Planning & Airfield Data.Dutch AIS
Italian AIP(req FREE)
Airfields in Portugal
Air ParksDinar Village Air Park
My First Flight Video
Previous Project......My previous aircraft experience has been the construction of a Vans RV7. I finished the construction of my RV7 in November 2006, having had a really enjoyable time working on the aircraft and documented every step on 'My RV7 Project Diary' on my site www.go-7.co.uk, I wanted to find another project. Discovering Mark's Great Lakes for sale in Phoenix I quickly started my research into the practicallity of moving the Great Lakes onto the UK register. The restoration took from 2007 - 2011. My workshop was only empty for a month and I now have another project - a Vans RV4.
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