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Manufactured:  8-3-59 at the Piper facility in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.

Inspected and signed off by J.W. McNary, Asst. Chief Engineer, Piper Aircraft Corporation, DMCR 1-1


2954Z spent most of its life in Eastern Pennsylvania. I purchased the plane and relocated it to Northern California in late 1999.  Previous owners based on the Registration records from the FAA are:

Dennis Rowan 11/11/99 Windsor, CA
Cleon Watts  12/5/96 Jersey Shore, PA
Thomas Zavalydriga  3/9/76 Montoursville, PA
Thomas Hinaman 3/4/67 Pottstown, PA
*Kutztown Aviation Service, Inc 11/17/66 Kutztown, PA
Paul Stefanik, Inc. 6/14/66 Wayne, PA
Home State Aerial Farm Survey, Inc. 4/22/66 Nescopeck, PA
*Henry Weber Aircraft Dist., Inc. 4/22/66 Lititz, PA
Robert S. Lapp 4/15/65 Bird in Hand, PA
*Sun-Air Inc. 1/15/65 Selinsgrove, PA
*Albert H. Cresswell, DBA Lewisburg Wings, Inc 9/11/64 Lewisburg, PA
Keller Marine Service 9/11/64 Port Trevorton, PA
Norman Weiss 3/22/62 Kingston, Pennsylvania
*Scranton Airways 9/11/61 Clarks Summit, PA
Scranton Tobacco Co., Inc. 8/19/59 Scranton, PA
*Scranton Airways 8/10/59 Clarks Summit, PA
Piper Aircraft Company 8/10/59 Lock Haven, PA

*Due to the short transfer time, I believe these organizations were dealers.  I know that Scranton Airways is the original Piper dealer that sold 54Z originally to the Scranton Tobacco Co.  The CD records from the FAA included the transfer document from Piper to Scranton Airways that indicated a fee of $1.00.  What a deal!

Major events in the life of 54Z include having the engine replaced with a Lycoming Factory Remanufactured engine in August of 1967.  In 1970, a major overhaul of the airframe was completed including an overhauled propeller.  Most recently, the previous owner performed a frame up restoration which was completed in 1998.

The aircraft appears to have been flown regularly up through 1991.  From 1991 through 1998, there are no log entries.  The previous owner, Cleon Watts, purchased the aircraft in 1996 and took on the task of restoring the aircraft.  All new fabric, interior, paint, updated panel, and lots of fine detail work created the version of 54Z that is seen today.

The engine, a Lycoming O-320-B2B, has not been overhauled since 1967 when it was remanufactured at the factory.  During the most recent restoration, the engine was opened up and inspected.  The cylinders were honed, new rings installed and all new seals.  As of 2020, total time on the engine since the reman was around 1150 hours.  The last annual showed good compression in all cylinders, oil analysis samples are normal and the performance has been great.

I purchased the aircraft in late 1999 and performing additional upgrades which include:

North River Aviation Brake Booster Kit STC /337 04-14-00
Overhauled Sensenich M 74DM-0-61 propeller Log Entry  04-14-00
Prop-Guard Leading Edge Protection Tape STC / 337 04-14-00
New OEM Comms Antennas Log Entry  04-14-00
New Univair Sealed Lift Struts and HD Forks Log Entry  04-14-00
New SIRS Model NY2B-12V Compass Installed Log Entry  05-27-00
MicroAerodynamics Vortex Generators Installed STC / 337 09-29-00
New Electric Turn-Coordinator Installed Log Entry  12-03-00
Iceman Carburetor ice detector Installed STC / 337 12-03-00
Bogert Battery Box Modification and Copper Cables Installed STC / 337 02-23-01
New Champion CH12364 Ignition Harness Installed Log Entry  02-23-01
Rosen Sun Visors Installed using custom mounting blocks FA/337 06-08-01
Baggage Door gas strut FA/337 12-28-01
Dynamic Balance of Propeller Log Entry 08-15-03
Replaced Firewall Gascolator with new Steve's Aircraft Unit STC / 337 03-05-04
Installed Casper 90 degree Oil Filter Adaptor STC / 337 04-02-05
Installed New PMA'd Aluminum Oil Cooler from Pacific Log Entry 05-02-07
Installed New Stainless Steel Stacks, Front and Back Log Entry 05-02-07
Rebuilt Flap hinges per STC SA02128LA STC / 337 12/05/11
Installed Steve's Aircraft Brake Master Cylinder per STC SA01516SE STC / 337 05/09/15
Upgraded transponder with Stratus ADS-B Out/In transponder STC / 337 03/13/18
Replaced NAV and Landing Light lamps with LED units Log Entry 04/09/18


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