Super Pup N13X (serial # 161) was built by an old German, Fritz M. Bachem, as a single seater. She is quite roomy inside and it can accommodate (almost) any size pilot, either weight wise or size wise. I’m six feet tall and I find the cockpit roomy enough.
Fritz and his wife decided to downsize and move into town, so there was no room for many of their things, including N13X. The airplane sits on her custom built trailer, itself a ‘thing-of-beauty’. The folding wings ‘fit-like-a-glove’. This aircraft is a ‘work-of-art’, chock full of German craftsmanship, and remains in excellent condition, stored in my garage. Fritz sewed slip covers for both wooden propeller blades, and a bamboo plug for each of the four exhaust stacks.
Fritz chose an inverted, 4 cylinder, air-cooled inline engine, because he wanted the most streamlined 65 hp engine he could buy. Fritz custom made the engine cowling. I made sure to have a good supply of spark plugs, by buying a box full, direct, from the Czechoslovakian manufacturer, including a new spark plug wrench. This engine runs on automobile ‘gas & 5w-40 oil’. It has a separate oil talk, fitted to the right side of the firewall. The engine has been preserved by turning the motor over by hand, or running it up. The ‘cowl flap’ is open unless one descends with the throttle closed for an extended period. The Mikron is carbureted with dual magnetos.
The (dual) wing tanks are connected via clear flexible lines, disconnected when the wings are folded. There are special metal clamps that hold the tail surfaces (quite) rigid, for towing. N13X is not equipped with navigation lights. The tail is braced by streamlined wires.
Fritz spent at least $30 – 35 K building N13X. I guess at this ‘point’ I’d settle for what I paid: $20K. I do like 13X, but just like Fritz’s wife, my wife would like her garage back.
Model: Preceptor NCN3-Super Pup N13X, S/N: 161
Type: highwing monoplane, built as single place, single engine, conventional fixed gear, tube & fabric
- Last flown: 3/5/2015
- Interior: Like New, 10; Exterior: Like New, 10; Engine: Like New, 10
- Stored in climate controlled garage
- Documentation: Special Airworthiness Cert; Flight manual; Engine manual; Engine test manual; Wt & Bal; Magneto Scintilla manual; Amateur-Built Aircraft Flight Testing Handbook; Registration (exp. 31 Jan 2024); builders log with some build photos; some plans/drawings; engine purchase receipt; all in a metal briefcase
- Built by: Fritz M. Bachem
- Empty wt: 488 pounds
- Gross wt: Max 1,000 pounds
- Fuel qty: 14 gallons
- Range: 275 miles
- Stall: 35 mph
- Cruise: 85 mph
- VNE: 120 mph
- Load limit: +10g -3.3g
- Rate of climb: 1,200 fpm
- Service ceiling: 10,000’
- Takeoff distance: 300’
- Landing distance: 300’
- TT: 2hrs
- Logbooks: Engine and Airframe books provided, documentation stored in a metal briefcase.
- No Damage History
- Instruments: basic VFR in panel, PAL-700 vertical card compass on glareshield
- Hand-held nav/com radio with external antenna connection and push-to-talk switch on the stick, new S-40 headset included
Unique features: Folding wings, custom trailer, low drag engine installation with cowl flap, prop cover
- Model: Mikron IIIAS, S/N 098, built 8.2.1999, by Aerotechnik CZ
- 65hp @ 2600 rpm
- Fuel required: Mogas, 78 oct. min.
- Fuel consumption: 4.17 gal/hr, at cruise
- New, high quality, four-cylinder, 4-cycle inverted inline engine; runs very smoothly, two magnetos. Box of spare spark plugs and wrench, purchased from Parma factory.
- Culver hard maple: Model 316
- TT: 2hrs
- Receipt dated 04 May 2004
- ball size: 2 inches
- spare tire: No
- Registration: Oregon
- Size: 20’x 8’
Other notable features: This aircraft is basic in concept with no electrical system and VFR instrumentation, but is a masterpiece in design and workmanship.