In addition to the usual mechanical/electrical/hydraulic
stuff, be sure you have your paperwork ducks in a row
before you purchase it.
For example, is a T-28 a certified aircraft? Not bloody
likely. Are there any already in Canada? Under what
flight authority do they operate? Did they get grandfathered?
Are you eligible to do the same?
I know that there are A, B and C models of the T-28.
Which one are you looking at? Although they might look
identical on the ramp, from a paperwork standpoint they
might be completely different animals. One might be eligible
for import, another might not depending upon what
paper got pushed, decades ago.
Looking at the TC registry, there are several T-28's already
there, which is good news, but is NOT a slam dunk.
They operate under CAR 507.03(5)(a) which is kind of
weird - I would have expected CAR Standard 507.03(5)(b),
so there is a paperwork story there that you need to get
up to speed on. Talk to your local TC M&M Inspector that
would be overseeing the delegate before you write a cheque!
PS Be sure you have $20k to $50k and six months set aside
for the import. It might go cheaper and faster than that
(yeah, right), and it might go more expensive and slower than
that, depending upon the actual aircraft and paperwork that
you end up with. If you face some challenges, don't be surprised
if you end up spending $100k to $200k on the import which
takes a year. The T-28 is a very expensive aircraft to operate
which is why the purchase price is so cheap. Make sure you
have money left over, after you buy it, to cover the very high
hourly cost of operation. Many owners make this mistake,
and are "airplane poor".