MEYERS 200A/B N489C.
Since Airframe OH: 1355.23
“Each generation, in turn, becomes the custodian rather than the absolute owner of our [airplanes,] and each generation has the obligation to pass this inheritance on to the future.” This paraphrases Charles A. Lindbergh, who said “resources” rather than “airplanes,” but the principle is the same. I am the third owner of this magnificent airplane, the fourth Meyers 200 and the first 200A model. I have owned it for thirty-nine years, but now, at age 80, I think it is time to pass it on to someone who will cherish it as I have.
This airplane was built in 1959, and was the first Meyers 200A, equipped with an IO-470D engine. In 1970 the second owner had a forced landing after improper maintenance, and returned the airplane to its birthplace at Tecumseh, Michigan, where Beaumont S. “Pard” Diver, formerly factory manager of Meyers Aircraft, and Ray Betzoldt, Meyers test pilot and co-designer, made repairs and at the same time modified the airframe to 200B standards, and installed an IO-520A in place of the IO-470D. In 1993, FAA issued a new airworthiness certificate recognizing N489C as a 200B.
The following existing components were discarded and replaced with new:
- Windshield and side windows, new from Cee Bailey’s Plastics FAA-PMA.
- All wiring, microswitches and circuit breakers.
- All fuel, hydraulic and vacuum hoses and lines.
- All control cables and landing gear cables.
- Floorboards and baggage compartment bulkhead.
- Cabin door frame, NOS from Meyers Aircraft.
- Instrument panel and shock mounts. Lighted instrument panel overlays were fabricated by Aero Engravers, CRS QKSR894K, and installed.
- Heated pitot-static unit.
- Reskinned cowl cheeks and bottom cabin skin. Stainless flame panels were added to cowling.
- The Airborne dry vacuum pump was replaced with a Garwin wet vacuum pump OH by Hemisphere Avia, CRS FQ2R929K.
- The Airmaze air filter was removed and replaced with a Brackett Industries foam filter per Brackett drawing 55100.
- An inspection/access plate was installed in the tail cone forward of the bulkhead, permitting inspection and access to the trim screw.
- Inspection/access plates were added for the fuel gauge senders.
- The control yokes were replaced with Bonanza-style yokes on new stainless shafts, with switches for autopilot and navcom.
- Pilot and copilot headset jacks relocated to rear of pilot seat to eliminate tangle of wires.
- The large rotating beacon was replaced with a Vanderford fin cap and strobe.
- Wingtips were replaced with Vanderford semi-Hoerner tips, and VOR antennae by Archer were installed in them, eliminating draggy “cat’s-ear” antenna.
- Gear lights rewired to military standards so that green indicates down and locked, red indicates in transit, and no light indicates up and locked.
N489C was painted with its distinctive red and dark red with gold trim paint job. The paint scheme is basically the final Meyers Aircraft Company scheme, in colors reminiscent of the Golden Age.
The following were overhauled or upgraded:
- Landing gear was disassembled, struts rechromed with hard chrome to Mil. Spec. QQ-320C, Class 2a, ground to size, reassembled with all new bushings, O-rings and seals.
- Pilot and copilot seats were upholstered with conformable foam complying with FAR 25.583 by Oregon Aero, Aloha, Oregon.
- Seat belts and shoulder harness rewebbed by Beltmaster Corporation, CRS #BR4R086M, inertial reels installed for front seat shoulder harness.
- Interior reupholstered and new soundproofing was added.
- All instruments were overhauled by Aircraft Instrument Repair, Inc., CRS #OLQR953L, and the Meyers logo was silkscreened on the instrument faces.
- Compass replaced with vertical card compass.
- All hardware was inspected, cleaned, replaced with new when required, and reinstalled.
- Hydraulic landing gear and flap actuators disassembled, cleaned and reassembled with new O-rings and seals.
- Four fuel tanks were removed, inspected, cleaned and reinstalled.
- All control rods were removed, inspected, and rod ends were replaced as necessary.
In the early 1990s, the engine was overhauled to new standards, and the airframe was also overhauled. The airframe overhaul was extensive. Everything which could be removed from the airframe without a cutting torch was removed. Small areas of light corrosion were removed, treated, and primed, no substantial corrosion being found.
- Overhauled to new limits by Aircraft Cylinder, Inc., Van Nuys. Six factory new steel cylinders were installed.
- Cessna-type oil filter was replaced by Airwolf filter mount.
- Generator replaced by an alternator.
Existing avionics were removed and replaced with the following:
- KLN-89B GPS.
- Dual KX-155 navcoms, #1 with glideslope receiver, dual indicators.
- Century III autopilot, which can be coupled to the GPS or to either navcom.
- Annunciator panel for GPS, autopilot. Panel incorporates ground clearance feature, with direct fused circuit from battery to #1 navcom.
- JPI engine analyzer with fuel flow option.
- P.S. Engineering PMA-6000M Audio Panel.
- Passenger entertainment system with AM-FM receiver, CD player.
- Annunciator panel fabricated and installed on glare shield in full view of pilot, incorporating eight advisory and warning lights: Stall, Fuel Pressure, Hydraulic pump on, Aux fuel pump on, hi/lo voltage, oil pressure, vacuum pressure, and gear in transit.
- Avionics master switch was added.
- Complete wiring diagrams with aircraft.
- Stratux ADSB-in receiver capable of interfacing with Foreflight on iPad is installed as a temporary installation.
- Navworx ADS-600B ADSB out unit installed in 2017. Following installation, it was learned this unit does not comply with the 2020 mandate. It has been returned to Navworx for upgrading of the internal position sensor, which is expected to result in compliance with the mandate.
- This aircraft comes with many “extras,” such as Copies of documents in the original Meyers Aircraft Company files, such as the “green flight,” i.e. first flight report, etc.
- A complete set of B.F. Goodrich wheel and brake assemblies and spare expansion tubes.
- Flap and aileron control seals by Davids Aviation, Calaveras County Airport, painted to match airplane and ready to install.
- Original wingtips, painted to match current paint.
- Spare transponder.
- And more.
N489C was also the subject of feature-length articles in Private Pilot magazine, August 2004, Plane and Pilot magazine, July 2007, and EAA Vintage Airplane, March/April 2014. A copy of each of these magazines will be delivered with the airplane.
N489C was twice selected as 200 Flagship at Meyers Owners Association Fly-ins.
John D. Lyon