Bearhawk 5: An Interview With Mark Goldberg


We interview Bearhawk’s Mark Goldberg to find out how the newest six-seat model – Bearhawk 5 came to be.

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Marc Cook
Marc Cook is a veteran special-interest journalist who started as a staffer at AOPA Pilot in the late 1980s. Marc has built two airplanes, an Aero Designs Pulsar XP and a Glasair Aviation Sportsman, and now owns a 180-hp, steam-gauge-adjacent GlaStar based in western Oregon. Marc has 5000 hours spread over 200-plus types and four decades of flying.


  1. Great interview, and the airplane looks stunning. Imagine being able to haul that much payload into remote locations and at unrivaled speed for a STOL aircraft..I expect it will be a hit.

  2. I have extensive experience with Bearhawk aircraft, having flown off all the test hours in the Patrol, and also extensive experience with the original Bearhawk, having ferried an excellent example from Southern Mississippi to Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada to its new owner, in the middle of December! Quite a trip, on which my wife INSISTED on going! You can imagine the looks I got when after landing on an ice-covered runway well after dark, in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, in a rather gusty crosswind. When we taxied in, everyone in the visitor’s center piled out into that freezing wind to help steady the plane, and then MY WIFE got out of this drafty bush plane! “Where in HELL did you find a woman like this?????”‘ Especially after they found out she had insisted on coming on the trip.
    Aside from that, as I said, I have extensive experience in theise planes. I was the factory demo pilot at Oshkosh. Mr. Goldberg has built a plane that has taken all the lessons learned in the last hundred years of bush flying, and built an idealized series of planes that take advantage of all that experience. They show exactly those results. I highly recommend his products.

  3. I wrote what I think was a decent article about that trip up into Canada right after making the trip, but never got around to setting up the pictures for it. Gotta do that. I got distracted. Not too long afer that trip, Mark sent me and a friend to ferry the Patrol back from Alaska, after it had been left there when the deisigner had run into so much weather problems he was exhausted. Hmmm. That is another article I should have published. That trip ended up taking about three weeks, and had some “interesting” events.


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