Bearhawk Aircraft Announces Bearhawk Patrol First Flights and Bearhawk LSA Wins Award

AUSTIN, TEXAS, OCTOBER 22, 2018 – Bearhawk Aircraft announced today the first flights of two Bearhawk Patrol aircraft built by customers from Quick-Build kits. Owner/builders Scott French of Iowa and an Australian threesome comprising Alan Arthur, Doug Harrington and Avon Furphy have completed, certified and flown their Bearhawk Patrols in September 2018.

A Bearhawk Patrol, VH-TUC, made its first flight in Perth Australia last month. This aircraft joins two other Patrols currently flying in Australia. “Another in Perth was built from a Quick-Build kit. There is also scratch-built Patrol flying in New South Wales, Australia,” according to Mark Goldberg, president of AviPro who manufactures Bearhawk kits. VH-TUC is powered by a Mazda rotary engine.

A second Bearhawk Patrol, N862SC built by Scott French, flew for the first time in Iowa last month. This aircraft was partly fabricated from scratch and kitted assemblies. Bearhawk Aircraft plans are available from designer Bob Barrows. N862SC is powered by a more customary Lycoming O-360 engine assembled by Superior Air Parts.

Modern Warbirds Now Operating in the European Theater

Being away from the big shows for months on end, I recently pondered the increasingly popular pastime of collecting warbird aircraft. What’s the big appeal? Then deliberating further on the replicas and remakes I stumbled on 2017 and 2015, I asked where have all the modern warbirds gone?

It was 18 months ago I last visited AERO Friedrichshafen. There, in the Old World I was surprised to see the same fascination for vintage aircraft that Americans embrace in the New World. Observing up close many European takes on the warbird I detected life left in the aero combat veterans and their impersonations. Is the warbird story still remarkable today, in a world of adrenaline obsessed and digitally consumed aviators?

The Power of a Cover Photo

Bearhawk Aircraft, Trade-A-Plane Cover Photo
Bearhawk Aircraft on the cover of Trade-A-Plane. The power of a cover photo is equal to the power of love between product and consumer. On the Second September 2018 issue of Trade-A-Plane, the go-to publication for aircraft and supplies, is a Bearhawk Patrol. Designed by Bob Barrows the Bearhawk Patrol is a kit-built aircraft used for recreational flying and hauling. This example, built by Wayne Giles, performs exceptionally well in the backcountry environs of South Africa. Bearhawk aircraft are available in three models, are built to perform and can be seen flying worldwide. For more information visit BearhawkAircraft.com.

3rd Generation Carbon Cub Addressing Deficiencies

Set to display at THE annual gathering of aviation, AirVenture 2018, the 3rd generation Carbon Cub from Yakima will address deficiencies in its rapidly depreciating line of aircraft. The newest variants spotlight a fuel-injected engine, the addition of a constant-speed propeller, and a higher 2,000 lb. gross weight limit. Restated, these variants represent improvements to something previously problematic.

We can all agree that new engine technologies are a boon to aviation, keeping in mind that engine manufacturers are hard pressed to maintain their historically high level of reliability. Let’s hope they get electronic fuel injection right. On the other hand, hanging a new propeller on an engine is a trivial decision. Look to the Legend Cub from Texas and its forthcoming reversible model from MT-Propeller (MTV-15). Why reversible? Well on a FloatCub it makes a big difference when water taxiing. If you want a 2,000 lb. gross weight limit, well buy a Husky—by all accounts a great airplane in its class.

Growth of the product line translates to following the auto industry model whereby current customers trade up to something slightly newer, but questionably better. This sales model kills and rapidly devaluates previous year models. Sure some customers will buy in, but the value of the entire product line will only remain high if a solid product was built to begin with.

Feedback from experienced flyers exemplifies your boastfulness. You might be honest and call them your most imprudent owner/operators, big jocks who fly big rocks. Short-selling the training and expertise aspects of challenging flying conditions risks safety for all. Nevertheless, bringing people into aviation is great for the community at large.

An improved airframe is merely word bending for more proprietary parts. As the aircraft gets more complex and the parts list grows this means higher repair and maintenance costs for customers, a C-company trademark.

An ever-widening group of aircraft buyers are seeking greater comfort and superior construction. Let’s begin by talking about the comfort of a back seat sling, always been a shortcoming. As quality is in the eye of the beholder, stake the claim of superior construction, but only when you’re referring to your own past deeds.

Our investments in factory infrastructure and customer service are bearing fruit. Great to hear you are addressing deficiencies.

We do agree on one thing, that backcountry flying, the more adventurous name for recreational flying, is growing in popularity and this is good for all.