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Building the Bearhawk LSA

...sets fit the Bearhawk perfectly—Rion and I had plenty of riveting experience, and the Bearhawk uses a riveted aluminum wing. Phillip had been through two tube-and-rag airplanes, and the Bearhawk...

Building the Bearhawk LSA

...the very aft end of the fuselage and working forward. That meant building the tail surfaces and getting them mounted, supported, and functioning. The tail surfaces of the Bearhawk LSA...

Building the Bearhawk LSA

...wing is installed. As you might remember from the last exciting episode, the Pudding River Bearhawk crew was closing in—however slowly—on completing their Bearhawk LSA. Well…remember how Charles Schultz’s cartoon...

Building the Bearhawk LSA

When we finally came to the noisy end of the airplane, we had some decisions to make. The Bearhawk LSA is designed around a small four-cylinder Continental engine, although there...

Building the Bearhawk LSA

...neighbors, Phillip Groelz, Rion Bourgeois, and I, with occasional help from Rion’s son Elliot, combined our tools and energies to begin building a Bearhawk LSA. It’s a two-seat tandem design...

Building the Bearhawk LSA

...altogether (Fiesler Natter)—nothing better has come along, so the Pudding River Bearhawk has wheels. Three of them: a little one in the back and two bigger ones (just how much...

Building the Bearhawk LSA

...to contemplate our next step. Now that the major sheet metal assemblies of the Bearhawk LSA were behind us, Rion and I were truly out of our comfort zone as...

Building the Bearhawk LSA

...ForeverHawk, our six-year and two-week Bearhawk LSA project, was ready to fly. The scales said the empty weight was 836 pounds, including oil and three quarts of unusable fuel. The...

Building the Bearhawk LSA

...opinion from Steve Harris, who’d used Oratex on his four-place Bearhawk. Philip Groelz, on the left, and Rion Bourgeois install Oratex fabric on the aft fuselage. The completed control surfaces...
Rion Bourgeois (left) and Philip Groelz test the tank for leaks.

Building the Bearhawk LSA

...we were building the ForeverHawk—our seemingly never-ending Bearhawk LSA project—we constantly asked ourselves, “What could Vic find wrong with this?” Well, a few things did go wrong as we neared...

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Measuring Curved Surfaces

Use sewing tape.

What’s New

The first diesel-powered LSA debuts from IndUS Aviation, Stafford Manufacturing offers a variety of mounting collars, and AirGator improves its handheld electronic flight book (EFB).

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Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.

Sport Pilot Airplane

Bob Fritz reviews Sport Pilot Airplane, a new book from Carol and Brian Carpenter, which covers Light Sport Aircraft from selecting an airplane to pilot and aircraft requirements, meteorology, aerodynamics, flying characteristics, transition to new aircraft and FAA paperwork; by Bob Fritz.