Celebrate the Liaison Pilots and L-birds (Liaison aircraft) with Alamo Liaison Squadron members at Cannon Field in San Antonio. Event date is May 20th. Visit the L-bird Museum and watch presentations in the L-bird Theater. Plus, see the L-bird Demo Team, participate in the annual Flour Bomb Contest, and much more.
AERO, held in Friedrichshafen, Germany is the most elegant and upscale of global shows for general aviation. AERO is where a dressed for business crowd gathers to see everything related to flying that is non-commercial aviation. In its spacious and modern halls, the show caters to comfort and the sophisticated senses of European buyers and sellers.
There’s a bit of military and police aviation thrown in, and now UAV/drones have joined in the spectacle, but at AERO the highlights are all General Aviation (GA). This year’s 25th anniversary event was no exception, and there is strong evidence that this segment of aviation is growing throughout Europe, being pushed in particular by advancements in Ultralight (UL), Very Light Aircraft (VLA) and Light-sport Aircraft (LSA).
The atmosphere at AERO is a combination of relaxed, à la AirVenture Oshkosh and Sun ‘n Fun, with the formal flare of a National Business Aviation Association on the cabin class end. It’s an appealing mix, highly amenable to conducting business. This year featured an airshow, drawing crowds outdoors midday Saturday. On each of the four days, there was a steady flow of traffic through the 12 indoor exhibit halls. With sunny weather on both Friday and Saturday, crowds flowed into the courtyard where the newly constructed Messe Alm catered to guests with Swabian and Bavarian specialties from an authentic Alpine structure, typical of the region’s mountain pastures.
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The widely recognized Cub is ever-popular in Europe. This Savage Cub, based in the same Baden-Württemberg region as Friedrichshafen, provides training, rundflug (“round trip” or sightseeing flights), and banner towing.
Special guests were invited to get an up-close look at the 18-rotor electric Volocopter from Germany’s e-volo.
Looking like it came straight out of the movie Planes, the Stream Turbo TP100 by TL Ultralight, in partnership with Wezel Flugzeuge, was flying high in desert cammo.
One of many replicas in the ultralight class, this JH Corsair by JH Aircraft offered an example of experimenting in lightweight construction with recognizable styling on the exterior.
A highly polished 1947 vintage Cessna 140 was on sale for 59,000 euros (roughly US$ 63,000). Plane Fun Inc. of Snellville, Georgia, offers a way for non-US citizens to operate N-registered aircraft abroad.
A Messerschmitt KR 200 Super, a.k.a. Cabin Scooter, was featured in the Streamline special exhibit at the Zeppelin Museum situated on the waterfront of Lake Constance.
In its mock-dirty paint scheme the Shock Cub by Zlin Aviation drew a lot of attention.
Occupying the courtyard with “Messe Alm,” an Alpine style hospitality hut and beer garden, were a pair of Pitts S1-D Specials, part of the Trig Aerobatic Team.
An Italian built Cub look-a-like is the Groppo Trail, sold complete and in kit form. It’s compactible with folding wings.
Siemens displayed its all-electric Magnus eFusion aircraft including the recent world speed record setting Extra 330LE.
The Junkers F13 replica is a meticulously accurate copy of the 1920s all metal German passenger aircraft. Undergoing flight testing in Switzerland, it is expected to make is way to the U.S. soon.
The highly prized Stampe was a French and Algerian primary trainer that is now available in replica form from Belgium, with three engine options.
Austin, Texas, March 28, 2017 – Bearhawk Aircraft announced today its Bearhawk line of utility, transport and recreational aircraft are now flying on five continents. The Barrows Bearhawk was originally conceived and first built in the mid-90s in Virginia, USA. Bearhawk aircraft are now operating globally through an expansive network of builders. Three models are offered in both plan and kit form for amateur aircraft builders.
The global Bearhawk is a “Go Anywhere” aircraft that serves a variety of flying activities. Designer Bob Barrows originally brought the aircraft to fruition as a means of transporting aircraft engines in support of his engine overhaul business. The Bearhawk grew from that single idea into a lean and reliable airframe that found a place among adventure pilots. From rural strips and backcountry destinations, the Bearhawk can easily haul passengers plus gear.
The original 4-Place Bearhawk served its designated utility role extremely well. But not one to sit on his achievements, Barrows proceeded to work on subsequent models to include the Bearhawk Patrol, a tandem 2-place rendition in 2002. Later, the first kit-built Bearhawk LSA debuted in 2012. Also a two-place aircraft, the LSA is a lightweight all-new design that meets Sport Pilot requirements while sharing the backcountry qualities of its predecessors. The latest incarnation is a derivative of the original 4-place Bearhawk airframe incorporating design features of all three previous aircraft. This “Model-B” Bearhawk offers increased speed, improved handling, and wellspring of other features.
Today Bearhawk aircraft are operating on five continents, including Africa (in South Africa), North America (in 36 states), South America (in Brazil), Europe (in Norway and Germany), and Australia (in New Zealand’s “Southern Alps”). Asia and Antarctica are on the radar, as well as Canada, as these markets feature terrain and destinations befitting of the Bearhawk’s capabilities. Alaska, Arizona, Nevada, Texas and Wisconsin are popular spots for Bearhawk owners with multiple aircraft flying in these regions. Manufacturing of kitted and replacement parts for Bearhawk Aircraft takes place in Mexico.
In 2013, there were 82 Bearhawk aircraft on the FAA registry, today there are 112. Many more kits and plans have been sold. As these aircraft are completed, the number of Bearhawk operating around the world is increasing.
Bob Barrows exemplifies the home-builder spirit. He proceeded with an idea to build a better small transport aircraft, one that could carry pilot, passenger and weighty cargo. That realization led to a series aircraft designs, each building on the wisdom gained from the previous. Bearhawk aircraft are fine tuned machines. As experimental designs, each implementation, and every idea, is subjected to scrutiny and revision. This process ameliorates the rigid paperwork regimen of type certified aircraft.
See the Bearhawk at Sun ‘n Fun 2017 at Paradise City—demo rides available by appointment. Bearhawk Aircraft manufactures high quality Quick-Build aircraft kits for the Bearhawk 4-Place, and two-place tandem Bearhawk Patrol and Bearhawk LSA. Designed by engineer Bob Barrows, the Bearhawks have in common excellent performance and superb flying characteristics. Bearhawks are known for their short field capability, higher than expected cruise speeds, and very gentle slow speed manners. For utility and recreational use, customers around the world fly Bearhawk aircraft.
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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