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.
AUSTIN, TEXAS, JUNE 7, 2018 – Bearhawk Aircraft announced today the formation of Bearhawk Canada to further expand its operations in the vast regions of North America. An agreement has been made with Mike Silvernagle in Saskatchewan to represent Bearhawk Aircraft in Canada for sales, service, parts and support of the three models of Bearhawk aircraft kits.
Mike Silvernagle will base Bearhawk Canada operations on a private 2,500-foot grass strip in southeastern Saskatchewan where customers can visit to check out the Bearhawk lineup and experience demonstration flights. After having flown all three Bearhawk models, including the 4-Place, Patrol and LSA, Mike’s enthusiasm for how well the airplanes fly motivated him to want to distribute the aircraft kits in his native Canada.
Mike’s background in aviation started in the Canadian Advanced Ultra-Light Aeroplanes (AULA) category. Having built and flown various makes and models, Mike became an instructor for these aircraft. More recently Mike owned and operated a Piper PA18-160 Super Cub, an Aeronca Champ and a Cessna 185. Comparing the Bearhawk line of aircraft to those he had flown previously, Mike exclaimed, “The Bearhawks are much better in many ways, and the benefits of operating in the experimental side of aviation in Canada are favorable when compared to certified aircraft. Bearhawk aircraft offer many advantages for Canadian pilots who often use their planes to hunt and fish in the backcountry and visit the numerous rough-field and shorter landing strips.”
Mike recently purchased a flying 4-Place Bearhawk. He is also nearing the completion of his Bearhawk Patrol quick-build kit project. Mike will follow with the construction of a Bearhawk LSA, also from a quick-build kit. His background in AULA has given Mike an appreciation for the flying qualities of the Bearhawk LSA, which Mike considers to be “The best all-around flying airplane I have ever flown.” Mike plans to take the Bearhawk LSA through the approval process for AULA in Canada.
The Bearhawk is a Go Anywhere aircraft that performs a variety of flying activities well. The 4-Place Bearhawk fills a utility and transport role with its large cabin. The Bearhawk Patrol is a tandem 2-place version that excels at accessing remote airstrips. The Bearhawk LSA is a lightweight design that meets U.S. Sport Pilot requirements. Each aircraft shares backcountry qualities that include stable slow flight and higher than expected cruise speeds.
All three Bearhawk models feature a Riblett airfoil. According to Bearhawk design engineer Bob Barrows, “These airfoils are the safest available providing good speed and performance in every regime of flight, especially slow flight. After many thousands of hours of flight, the Riblett airfoil, and Riblett modified 4412 airfoil on the original Bearhawk, are the best and safest airfoils available for the type of flying Bearhawks are designed for. In particular, these airfoils eliminate the notorious and abrupt ‘moose stall’ occurring in low-flying steep turns.”
Bearhawk Aircraft manufactures high quality quick-build kits for the Bearhawk 4-Place, tandem two-place Bearhawk Patrol and Bearhawk LSA. Remaining part of the Bearhawk Canada team, and supporting Mike Silvernagle, will be Steve Busby of Aerolite, www.aeroliteflight.ca, in Ontario.
For more information on Bearhawk Canada, visit www.bearhawkcanada.ca, or contact Mike Silvernagle at email@example.com or 306-740-8803.
For more information on Bearhawk Aircraft, visit www.bearhawkaircraft.com, or contact Bearhawk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-528-4776.
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Watch the moose stalls video, Prevent Aerodynamic Stalls at Low Altitude, by NTSB at https://youtu.be/J9rv1nY-CbY.