Champion Aircraft Corporation came up with some incredibly high smiles per gallon aircraft, and they are still produced to this day by ACA in Wisconsin. The king of the family is the Super Decathlon and it's not hard to see why this tandem 180hp +6G/-5G capable tailwheel aircraft wouldn't be on every pilot's wish list. Originally designed to do outside manoeuvres the Decathlon first came with 150hp and then the Super Decathlon came along in 1976 with 180hp and a Constant Speed prop as standard.
G-DDGJ is a 2007 model aircraft, which still has the original manuals and document wallet from new. The airframe has just 1769hrs TTAF on it. The Lycoming AEIO-360-H1B engine has just 80hrs SMOH on 31st July 2019 by GAMA which included 4 New Cylinders, Alternator, Starter, Harness, Vac Pump etc. The engine went back to GAMA in 2020 for a shock load, it got a new Cam and Follower kit at that time along with Magnetos and a CSU overhaul. The prop is basically new, as a new hub and blades were fitted at overhaul in 2020 and it has flown 10hrs since. The Starburst paint scheme is absolutely iconic and puts a smile on our faces every time we open the hangar door. Even if you play around with the colour scheme designer on the ACA website you would struggle to get a more desirable paint scheme!
The panel has a Garmin GNC-225A which always makes us happy, as so many people opt to just put in the cheapest 8.33Khz Com they can find, which is regrettable. There is a Garmin GTX-328 Mode S which makes that little FlightAware ping on your phone when someone goes flying in her! There is also a King KMD-150 GPS/Moving map to tell you what that town is underneath you as the miles roll by.
Take a look at the Exchange Rates, and the price of shipping containers and tell us you think it's bad value for money at £114,500 inc VAT. Importing something similar would bring a tear to your eye, and DDGJ is sitting in Bagby on the UK register ready to fly away.