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Serial #: 24851
Registration: N24YB
Present owner: Randy Lervold
Location: Camas, WA, USA
Airframe time: 365 TTAF as of 6/30/03
Engine time: 21.5 TTE as of 6/30/03
Empty weight: 632 lbs.
Options/equipment: This aircraft was special-ordered from the Schleicher factory with several options, and also several things omitted in the interest of light weight. Omitted items include the electric starter and associated equipment, the 3rd battery, and the headrest all of which yield a 30 lb saving.. Factory options included the ILEC TAZ-24 digital engine control panel, and the MT 140-L-97-1B prop, which is both lighter and quieter. Additionally a custom supplemental fuel tank was built by the factory and fitted to the normal O2 bottle location functioning in conjunction with the standard tank to increase fuel capacity to 3.5 gallons. A larger Kevlar O2 bottle was installed in barograph compartment. It has factory winglets.

Purchased by the current owner 11/02, see below for more detail on upgrades/improvements and photos.

 

Purchased by the present owner in November of 2002, N24YB was low time, both airframe and engine, and mechanically very sound. Several expensive maintenance items had been recently completed by previous owners including a prop rebuild by the MT factory in Germany, and replacement of the engine crankshaft which is required by a calendar time limit. Both the glider and the trailer however were in need of attention, mostly cosmetic. Thus a fairly extensive restoration project was undertaken as new owners sometimes do.

Recent upgrades to the glider were primarily in two areas, the panel and the interior. Panel changes included replacing L-Nav and Garmin GPS with a Cambridge Aero Instruments 302/PDA system running Glide Navigator II. The 302 flight recorder features the new ENL (engine noise level) circuitry so that the flight logs automatically record exactly when the engine was running, handy in a self-powered ship. Waypoint files are uploaded to the 302 flight recorder using the PDA, and the secure IGC flight logs are downloaded from the ship the same way. The PDA has a 64 mb CF card included. During the panel update all wiring was cleaned up, the main batteries wiring scheme changed by installing a main battery selector switch (rather than running them in parallel). The "Scheicher brown" interior, which was showing some wear in addition to not being especially attractive, was refinished in gray like the ASW-27 and 28, new interior fabric pieces were ordered from Schleicher (not cheap!), again in ASW-27/28 colors, and installed for a much more contemporary appearance. New Schroth belts were fitted, new engraved placards were installed in several locations in the cockpit and panel, and new factory icon stickers in others. Fuselage graphics were replaced with new vinyl replicas in gray.

Trailers are typically ignored and the aluminum Cobra trailer that came with this glider was no exception. The interior and exterior were cleaned thoroughly, exterior surfaces buffed with rubbing compound and waxed, new custom ASW-24 stickers made by a local sign shop and applied, and all exterior plastic parts were replaced including fenders, rub rail and light lenses. New wheel bearings were installed, the wheels sandblasted and refinished, and new higher load capacity Goodyear Marathon trailer tires installed. A Wing Dolly one man rigging system was purchased from Udo Rumpf and is included with the complete set of gear.

Overall the ship is in exceptional condition, has NDH, and needs nothing. The gelcoat has no cracks or crazing whatsoever. It has accumulated some visible discoloration, especially around the seams, that the photos don't seem to capture, but is functionally perfect. The trailer is been brought back to almost as-new condition. In all, the package is very complete and represents a rare opportunity to for someone to get into a true self-powered high performance sailplane package at a reasonable price. The selling price has been set in consideration of the gelcoat discoloration.

Self-powered ships give the soaring pilot some significant benefits and can significantly enhance the soaring experience to learn more about self-launchers in general, and the ASW-24E in particular, see the following links:

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