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European Ercoupe Newsletter

No. 19 August 2009


Dear readers,

OK, this time I really cut things fine by sending you the August newsletter within minutes of the end of the month! One day I hope to get back on track, but obviously not yet.

But please don't forget to send me your stories and trip reports. Every month I get emails from readers telling me they read every word in the newsletter and how much they appreciate it. The circulation list is now 75, so please understand that there are Ercoupe lovers all around the world interested in any news about these lovely aircraft.

For those of you who can, please try and attend the Ercoupe Fly-in at Popham, September 20th. Last year we managed 4 Ercoupes and it was a great occasion. It would be even better to get more than 4 this year!

Happy Flying,


European Region Leader

Robert Rombouts writes: Dear European Ercoupers,

With this 19th Newsletter, I like to express all my thanks to Mike Willis who already made for us this wonderful publication and communication to inform us all about what happen in Europe about the Ercoupers and our beloved plane the “Ercoupe-Aircoupe”.

Mike did this amazing work freely and in combination with his business; he believed and was right that only a European publication could bring closer all the owners of this modern looking, but antique plane, who gives us unbelievable flying joy

As you all know, in the USA, we have the Ercoupe Owner Club, if you are interested to join, it is easy and only 35 US Dollars a year. You will receive the “Coupe Capers” magazine, giving you a lot of information’s as fly-ins in the USA, reports of all the US regions and the address list of all the Ercoupers. You can contact me if you are interested.

The beginning of the “European Ercoupe Owners” with Tony Smith’s list of all the Ercoupes in Europe was fabulous and I thank very much; it was only not so easy to find everybody.  The reason to start with this was only a way to localise each Owner, organizing meetings, and have an excuse to fly. A good example; you can read it in the monthly Newsletters about the UK Meetings.

Now the next 20th Newsletter must be a real “European” publication with all your help, PLEASE if every Ercouper will write a few words, it does not matter in which language, to show that we all are together and happy with our ERCOUPE or AIRCOUPE.  You mention your call sign, and a small story, it does no matter about what, but write something to Mike.

With all my thanks to all of you who will express their interest.  Wish you happy landings and save flying.

OO-PUS, Robert Rombouts,

Ercoupe news

Another Ercoupe for sale

Dear Mike, After a long period of brainstorming I decided to sell my Ercoupe.  I would like to give you some information about the plane to place it in the next Ercoupe newsletter.

The Ercoupe with the registration D-EOPI is SN 541 the oldest Coupe in Europe.  Anke and I have the plane now for 10 years.  The plane was carrying us over more the 10 countries of Europe.  We hope the plane will find a nice pilot.

Forney (Erco) 415D
Serial Numer: 541
Year of construction: 1946
Engine: C 90: 680 hours, TSO 1933 hours
Equipped with:
VHF-Com Becker AR2009/25
TPX King KT76A
Encoder ACK A30
Turn Indicator
The plane is based in a hangar of the Bremen airport (EDDW)
Price: negotiable
Phone home: +49 421 820937
Mobil:+49 160 939 00 672

I fly the plane without rudder pedals; however the pedals were removed and are separately available.  I have a new cowling for the engine compartment, because in the beginning I had the idea to change the cowling but I never did.  A full set of tools will come with the plane as well.

Let’s cross our fingers that we find an aviator who continues flying a traditional old-timer.

Peter Nobmann, Mobile :+49160 939 00 672

3 Ercoupes in formation!

Stephan Vatter writes:

We had last Thursday a spontaneous meet up of 3 Ercoupes.

letzten Donnerstag hatten wir ein spontanes kleines Ercoupetreffen.3 Ercoupes!!! The following photos show :

D-ENUC von Heiko Binder
D-EZII von Holger Zinke
D-EJOR von mir;-)

tolle Fotos, oder?!

Hoffe sehr wir sehen uns bald mal wieder auf einem Flugplatzfest/Ercoupetreffen.

Grüße aus Worms

Greetings from Worms,




Humour corner

Pilots In The Family

A 65 year old man went to the doctor for his Class II exam and the doctor was amazed at what good shape the guy was in.

The doctor asked, "To what do you attribute your good health?"

The old timer said, "I'm a pilot and that's why I'm in such good shape. I'm up well before daylight, climb all over the aircraft doing my pre-flight inspection, fly all day, etc."

The doctor said, "Well, I'm sure that helps, but there's got to be more to it. How old was your dad when he died?"

The old timer said, "Who said my dad's dead?"

The doctor said, "You mean you're 65 years old and your dad's still alive? How old is he?"

The old timer said, "He's 84 yrs old and, in fact, he built and flies his own airplane! He went flying with me this morning. That's why he's still alive... he's a pilot too!"

The doctor said, "Well, that's great, but I'm sure there's more to it. How about your dad's dad?  How old was he when he died?"

The old timer said, "Who said my grandpa's dead?"

The doctor said, "You mean your dad is 84 years old and his father is still living?!  How old is he?"

The old timer said, "Grandpa is 102 years old and he was a pilot too."

The doctor was getting frustrated at this point and said, "I guess he went flying with you this morning too?"

The old timer said, "No...Grandpa couldn't go this morning because he just got married and he's on his honeymoon."

The doctor said in amazement, "Got married?!!  Why would a 102-year-old guy want to get married?"

The old timer said, "Who said he wanted to?

Trip reports

 Tannheim or Tannkosh -  16-19 July, 2009

Why must it be blue sky, with a few safe-nice-white clouds, a temperature of 30° C, a wind blowing straight to Tannheim, and I guess a 100 km visibility or more, when I am driving on a crowded motorway instead flying to the Tannkosh fly-in?  Stupid-grounded Robert, with no license, and a perfect medical condition.

During the 862 km full of roadwork’s trip, and looking constantly to the beautiful sky where I suppose to be, I was very sad. My intention was to stay two days and go back on Sunday.

Arrived Friday morning at the airfield of Tannheim, grey clouds and very windy, I saw immediately a wonderful familiar plane, an “Ercoupe” standing on the runway opposite the entrance.  Walking as soon as possible to the wonderful restored D-ENUC, I met Heiko Binder the new owner with his father, a Lufthansa engineer who likes the Coupe as his son.  Heiko is a Lufthansa airline pilot.

D-ENUC is a beauty, all silver painted, with a special designed Ercoupe logo, metal wings, a ingenious self-made front light and a fantastic black dashboard. Congratulation Heiko you can be proud of your 1947 Ercoupe, you did a fantastic restoration.

The Tannheim Fly-In is a European Oshkosh, hence the name “Tannkosh”.  Already on Friday morning 400 aircrafts were on the field, but then because of the bad weather, and I mean bad, the planes did not arrive as normally expected.  It is unbelievable to see all the different types and the skill of the pilots to join the meeting in this rotten weather.

From Gyro’s, ULM to twins all are present; I met an Antwerp SV4 and the pilot-owner Raymond Cuypers, he intend to fly after the fly-in to Budapest with his biplane.  In addition, I met a few dear Antwerp spotters with cameras and notebooks who always find new registrations.

A Norwegian pilot with his Cessna did the longest flight; he had to try three different times and routes to arrive in Tannkosh, the weather was so bad.

Many shops, the length of the runway, with always the usual things you normally can buy on such happenings, I don’t have to explain.  Very good acrobatic shows were displayed between the dark clouds and the intermittent rain.  Big beers, paprika potato chips and sausages, or the normal pilot’s food in those circumstances.

The meteo booth was the busiest, with always the same question – “when will be the best time to fly back to ...”

On Saturday late afternoon, was the best opportunity for Heiko and his D-ENUC to leave, he arrived well at his base Reichelsheim - well done Heiko and see you soon with your immaculate Ercoupe.

On Sunday, I drove back to Belgium and meet on my way Stefan Vatter at the Worms airfield.  His D-EJOR was nearly ready when I visited him (now done, and did his first flight).  Congratulations Stefan, a perfect restoration job too.  Look at this unique-wonderful-beautiful Ercoupe twin’s, you both did a wonderful restoration, it is amazing, enjoy now your flying with this beauties.

By the way, Stefan also is owner of a Grob 115, I was afraid to step on the wing so nice and immaculate plane, outside and inside a show model, Stefan is selling this plane, if somebody is interested you can contact Stefan.

At the Worms airfield another Ercoupe, D-EZII owner Dr. Holger Zinke is based, the hangar was closed and I could not see the Coupe.  It is a very friendly airfield with a very good restaurant, a perfect spot to organize an Ercoupe meeting.

The difference between flying or driving to an fly-in is enormous, as a visitor you feel so naked and not part of the pilot family, I hope to be soon back in the air, still some fly-ins are this year on the calendar.

Very pleased to meet Heiko and his father in Tannheim, Stefan in Worms, both enormous Ercoupers who did the Ercoupe spirit of keeping this wonderful timeless airplane in the sky where it belong.

Robert Roberts, OO-PUS

EMU Panshanger August 16

Mike writes: Not a bad day from a weather point of view, but no end of excuses from other Ercoupe owners in the UK. So the only ones attending were myself and Keith Peacock, with Andrew Gardener driving in (he has to drive by the airfield from his house to his home airfield so who can blame him).

I was the first to arrive, and when taxiing in the marshalls were directing me to the visitors parking. But then this guy on a motorcycle drives up fast, toots his horn to force the marshall out of the way, and then waves me to follow him. Yes, this is the famous Haim owner of the local club and self-confessed Ercoupe nut. And I have to taxi to the 'exhibits' parking to become part of the show. I tell him and the marshalls that there is another Ercoupe coming, so they leave a spot for Keith who arrives about half an hour later and parks next to me. And Andrew arrives about an hour or so later (as usual).

The occasion is a 'revival' so the idea is that vintage aeroplanes fly in and visitors dress in 1940's style. Well, a few did but not many. There were also many old cars, but most from the 1960's and 70's. But it was a nice friendly meeting and everyone had a great time. The photo above is myself and Andrew reflected in the polished spinner of a Beech Spartan Executive.

The second story about the 3782 Ercoupe 415c:

 Robert BURON’s late airplane :

 Robert BURON joined General De Gaulle in England during WW2.  He wanted rather to be fighting against Nazis and became gunner on B 26 bomber.  He was shot and lost the use of his legs.  Later, he joined De Gaulle in the French republic government as transportation ministry, in 1958.

The French aircraft certification authorities had a lot of Ercoupes to try to fly them on spins or inverted flights tests.  They never can do it, and sold them on the private market, with a French A.T.C.  A testing instructor flew the sn° 3782 with Robert and let him flying alone.  Robert can then realise his old dream: to fly a plane without pedals.

During 1947 this plane was registered as F-BDPQ by the first owner, and piloted by Robert to 1959 from 1960.  During 1985, this lovely airplane was re-registered as F-AZDG, ( “AZ ”for old planes special registration ).  I owned AZDG sn° 3782 in 1985, flew it and became the authorized mechanical.  This plane was born as N3157H, originally a 415 C in Riverdale, Maryland.

I and Laurent, my son, enjoyed fly the plane, since 24 years ago.  If someone has more stories about this saga with 20 owners over the years, please contact me, you will be welcomed.

Jean Flaceliere, August 10th 2009,

Burned Children's Club Flying Day

This is an annual event held at Bourn airfield to try and help some children who have suffered burns regain some of their confidence.  A team of volunteers take them for flights around Grafham Water where they are staying in a camp.  It was held on Friday 21 August and was a grand occasion.

Tony Crowe is selling Ercoupe G-ONHH on behalf of its generous owner who is donating the proceeds to the Burned Children's Club.   So at this event there were two Ercoupes at Bourn, as I taxied G-HARY 100 yards to join it!

If you are interested you can see a lot of photos on the Flyer web forum by following this link.

Best regards, Mike


These monthly Ercoupe Meet-Ups are designed as an excuse to fly! There is a separate email list consisting of UK owners and known Ercoupe enthusiasts who are updated 1 week and 1 day ahead so you know who will be there (weather providing). If anyone else would like to be included on the EMU email list then please let me know.

4-6 September, Sywell LAA (PFA)Annual Rally
The LAA is reintroducing the annual rally this year on , so it would be good to have Ercoupe/Aircoupe representation there. Be warned that the landing instructions are 14 pages long!!!!

20 September, Solent Aviation Society Luscombe, Pietenpol, Autogyro and ERCO/FORNEY Fly-In, Popham
Yes, after we got 4 'Coupes to Popham last year, the Solent Aviation Society has put us on the programme. So we have to go!!!

Other fly-ins of interest

September 4-5-6 Hahnweide Oldtimer Airshow und Meeting. (Germany)

Classified ads


Ercoupe project wanted
Hilde van Haarlem writes: My father is very interested in finding a "project"; an Ercoupe which needs some restoration. Do you know any project available? Thank you in advance for your response. With kind regards, Hilde van Haarlem Netherlands


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