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Jared Yates, lives in North Carolina, where he and his wife Tabitha keep their family-hauling kitbuilt Bearhawk four-place. Learn more about that project on their building log web site, http://bearhawkblue.com. Jared is a career pilot and flight instructor with over 8000 hours in a variety of airplanes, and is also the editor of Beartracks, a quarterly newsletter that covers the three most popular Bob Barrows designs.

The Three Bear(hawk)s

Collin Campbell has built a 4-Place, Patrol, and LSA.

Emergency Locator Transmitters

Choosing a beacon to save your bacon.

Understanding Lithium Batteries

Kathy and Reg Nicoson of EarthX, Inc. explain what you need to know.

Quickbuild: Behind the Scenes

A visit to the Bearhawk factory in Mexico.

Predicting Performance

John T. Lowry's Bootstrap approach makes it easy to create performance charts for your pilot's operating handbook.

Bearhawk LSA

Simple and light—very light: The Bearhawk LSA is the latest addition to the Bearhawk family, the culmination of decades of design experience.

In Case You Missed it

Ly-Con O-Ring Trick

When you join two halves of a flat aviation engine together, they often weep between the starter and the alternator. Not only is this unsightly, its wasteful and makes completing an overhaul more cumbersome than need be. Enter Ly-Con, whose groovy O-ring process promises to stop leaks before they start.

Testing, Testing!

Part 3: Testing components and assemblies.

Build Your Skills: Fabric

Who knew there was so much to consider when selecting a fabric for your aircraft project? Cotton or polyester? Light weight or heavy? STCs, TSOs, PMAs, FAA requirements. Poly-Fiber or Ceconite systems? Ron Alexander unravels the alphabet soup and explains how and why each fabric may be the way to go for a specific project.

Cygnet Distinction

Each of its unusual features serves a purpose.