N23BD – 8GCBC Scout

2009 American Champion
Scout 8GCBC

Backcountry Scout
Nearly New, Low Hours!

Many will agree that the classic looks and styling of the Champ and Citabria lines are amongst the most handsome of all General Aviation U.S.-built tailwheel aircraft. The 8GCBC Scout represents the advancement of these classic designs, retaining the classic styling but boasting the modern accoutrements which make flying these aircraft an absolute joy.

I am pleased to present to you this very nice 2009 ACA 8GCBC Scout, tastefully configured for maximum backcountry performance and cruise speed. N23BD is a one-owner Scout, outfitted with 26" Goodyear bush tires, factory-installed VGs and factory speed fairings. The low-time engine and airframe (~550 hrs) have been babied by its current owner who is hanging up his wings and looking for a new home for this beautiful Scout.

N23BD has a 180 hp Lycoming O-360 and a recently overhauled, constant speed, 2-bladed MT composite prop. Other factory options include 70 gallon long range tanks, a metal belly, an extended baggage compartment, and a rear seat heater that keeps friends and family happy on the colder days! The VFR panel includes a Garmin Aera 760 GPS moving map, and Becker COM and XPNDR. ADS-B IN/OUT are provided by a Garmin GDL-82/39 combo, tied into the Garmin 760.

This is an opportunity to get a beautiful late model Scout at a fraction of the price of a new one! Please carefully review the dozens of detailed images below, you'll see that this is a clean airplane, ready for its new home.

Performance Specifications

Horsepower: 180 HP Stall Speed: ~44 KIAS
Best Cruise Speed: 122 KIAS Rate of Climb: 1080 FPM
Takeoff Distance: ~400 FT Landing Distance: ~850 FT
Fuel Burn @ 75%: 10.3 GPH Fuel Capacity: 70 Gal

Important Numbers

Factory Serial Number: 517-2009
Flight Rules: VFR
Airframe Total Time: *558 hrs
Engine Total Time: *558 hrs
Engine TBO (Lycoming O-360-C1G): 2000 hrs
Prop Hrs Since Overhaul (Sept 2021): *50 hrs
Gross Weight: 2150 lbs
Empty Weight: 1364 lbs
Useful Load: 785 lbs
CG: 12.95 in
Annual Inspection Due: Dec 2023

*Note: Hours will vary since aircraft is occasionally flown. Recent flight activity may not appear on ADS-B records since aircraft is most often flown in a region, and at an altitude, that is out-of-range for most FAA ADS-B antenna sites.


  • Aircraft always hangared and based at owner's ranch near Wikieup, Arizona (140 mi NW of Phoenix)
  • Well cared for, one-owner aircraft
  • Factory Lycoming O-360-C1G (180 hp) with only ~550 hrs
  • Complete logs since new, digitized and immediately available for viewing upon request
  • Many tasteful upgrades (see "Avionics and Equipment" section)
  • No damage history
  • No hail damage
  • All ADs complied with

Avionics and Equipment

  • Garmin Aera 760 GPS w/ Moving Map Display
  • Becker AR4201 COM
  • Becker Transponder (Mode C)
  • EI UGB-16 Digital CHT/EGT
  • EI Digital Tach, Volt/Amp, Manifold Pressure, Oil Pressure/Temp
  • Factory Upgraded MT Prop (2-bladed Composite)
  • Goodyear 26" bush tires (26x10.50-6)
  • 70 gal Long Range Tanks
  • Alaskan Bushwheel tailwheel (ABI 3216)
  • Factory Metal Belly
  • Extended Baggage Compartment
  • Rear Seat Heater
  • Wide Back Seat
  • VGs (Vortex Generators)
  • Factory Aileron Spades
  • Factory Speed Fairing Kit
  • External Oil Filter
  • Oil Quick Drain Valve
  • Tinted Grey Windows
  • Tinted Grey Sunroof
  • Front and Rear Harnesses
  • Front and Rear PTT

Panel - 9/10 The factory VFR panel is clean and top of the line for a steam gauge arrangement. A Garmin Aera 760 moving map prominently displays ADS-B traffic via a Garmin GDL39 (ADS-B IN). German-manufactured Becker radios are used for COMMs and Mode C transponder, and there is a PM3000S Stereo Intercom System. The EI instrument package includes digital CHT/EGT, tach, oil pressure/temp, manifold pressure and voltage/amp monitor.

Exterior - 8.5/10 Always hangared, the paint has excellent shine and depth. Plexiglas windshield and windows are clear and bright, and tires have lots of life left in them. During my evaluation of N23BD, the only two blemishes I saw were a very small patch on the top side of the left horizontal stabilizer, and very minor rock chips on the leading edges of both horizontal stabilizers. These blemishes are well documented in the images below.

Interior - 9/10 The interior is clean and well kept. No rips or tears in the upholstery, and it shows only minor use. The Medium Dark Pewter carpet looks very nice and shows minimal wear (really, it only needs to be shampooed, then it will look nearly brand new). The interior smells fresh. The headliner is clean and looks almost brand new. The door panel shows only minor wear.

Overall - What a beautiful Scout 8GCBC! Its Maule Blue, Silver, and Juneau White paint is striking. Any American Champion enthusiast would be proud to own this backcountry bird.


Digital logbooks immediately available upon request.

This aircraft has been sold!

Detailed Images

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Specifications and aircraft condition subject to verification and are not guaranteed.
Aircraft is subject to prior sale or removal.