N9526J-042107f N2893Z N111RW - 06272014a

Since 2007 the Frey Family has owned an airplane.  After earning my private pilot license in 2003 I rented various airplanes for a few years.  It became apparent to me that if I really planned to fly a lot and go places we would need to own a plane rather than rent.  I knew that I really enjoyed flying in the low-wing Piper models so this is what I focused my plane search on and now I am on my 3rd Piper aircraft.  In 2007 I purchased N9526J – a 1966 Piper Cherokee 180C.  I flew N9526J for almost 2 years and about 100 hours prior to it being damaged when another aircraft crashed into it while it was tied down at the airport in 2009.  A few months later I purchased N2893Z – a 1979 Piper Archer II which was similar to the Cherokee 180 but had much better avionics, a great autopilot and was a more stable airplane because of a longer wing-span and tapered wing.  This was a great aircraft to get my instrument rating in.  We flew N2893Z for just short of 5 years and almost 500 hours to many great destinations of which you can read about on this blog.  Click on the links to see the summaries of where we have been in the last few years in N2893Z: 20142013, 2012, 2011, 2010.  In 2014 I felt the urge to upgrade to something a little faster that could fly higher so shortly after selling N2893Z I found N111RW – a 1981 Piper Saratoga PA32R-301T.  N111RW is an upgrade in many ways being that it has retractable gear, a constant speed prop with 3 blades, a 300HP turbocharged engine, 6-seats, built-in oxygen and can fly at the altitudes where we need to use it.  As a result it is significantly faster than the prior two planes that I’ve owned.  Click on each of the pictures above or on the following links to be taken to details of each of the airplanes that we have owned: N9526J, N2893Z, N111RW.