AUSTIN, TEXAS, JANUARY 12, 2015 – Bearhawk Aircraft announced today its Bearhawk LSA will make a first-time visit to the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, to be held January 14-17. The aircraft is the first Bearhawk LSA to be completed from a Quick Build kit. It will be on static display at the show and demonstration flights will be available to qualified buyers.
Bearhawk Aircraft owner Mark Goldberg completed the first Bearhawk LSA as a Quick Build kit. “We are proud to show the aviation community the most recent creation of renown Bearhawk design engineer Bob Barrows. While Bob has been flying his prototype Bearhawk LSA for two years, Bearhawk Aircraft has developed Quick Build kits for the design,” stated Goldberg.
The Bearhawk LSA is a “rugged, sweet-handling airplane–much more stout than most LSAs,” according to Goldberg. Designed for a gross weight of 1500 lbs. (with utility category strength), the Bearhawk LSA has a huge safety margin when flown at LSA gross weight of 1320 lbs.
This first Bearhawk LSA built from a Quick Build kit has an empty weight of 818 lbs. including starter and full electrical system. With full fuel (30 gallons), this Bearhawk LSA has 322 lbs. of useful load. At 75% power, the Bearhawk LSA has a cruise speed of 118 mph while burning under 6 GPH. Landing at 35 mph, most any strip will suffice for the Bearhawk LSA.
At AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Bob Barrows competed in the Alaska STOL competition in his prototype LSA. Takeoff distance was 96 ft. with a landing distance of 130 ft.–excellent numbers for a plane with much faster cruise speed than all of the competition.
The Bearhawk LSA lets current, and future, Sport Pilots join in the pleasures of the Bearhawk clan. With its similar look and feel, the Bearhawk LSA is a clean-sheet design with an all-new airfoil, developed by Harry Riblett. Construction is similar to other Bearhawk aircraft, with fuselage and tail surfaces of welded 4130 chromoly frames covered in fabric. The all-aluminum, flush riveted wings are supported by single left- and right-hand struts.
Bearhawk Aircraft manufactures high-quality quick-build aircraft kits for the 4-Place Bearhawk, Bearhawk Patrol (2-place) and Bearhawk LSA (tandem). Designed by engineer Bob Barrows, the Bearhawk designs 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, Bearhawk aircraft are flown by customers around the world.