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    Received my plans from Bob on Saturday along with the latest issue of EAA sport aviation and some 4130. What a day! Let’s make some big pieces of metal into little pieces and eventually into a plane!

    Building a light box for tracing and the rest of the jig tables this week.
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    Good luck with your project.
    Scott Ahrens
    Bearhawk Patrol Plans Built
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    • #3
      Good luck Bacon! I have LSA plans #208. How come we don't see a couple hundred LSA projects underway?

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      • Bacon
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        Right?! When I received my plans and saw the number, I assumed there's at least 50 flying. Turns out, not even close.
        How far along are you in your build?

      • Frank
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        Bacon I just finished making a wing template in MDF from the mylar drawing #4. Where in the Caribbean are you located, in case I'm ever in the neighborhood?

      • Bacon
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        Frank, Just seeing this. I'm located in Luquillo, Puerto Rico.

    • #4
      Funny statement Bacon made. To my knowledge there are about 4 kit built and the same for scratch built. Having said that I think my scratch built was about number two or three. A lot of people want more power thus they build the Patrol but my build had more to do with age. My LSA has a standard 0-200 with a weight of 900 with heaters and back seat brakes plus extended baggage area. The aircraft flies quite well full of fuel and two people. She has a climb rate near one thousand ft per min. cruises at 2300rpm 105mph.with 8x6 tires.I now have 188hrs my grandson has 88hrs at the controls at age 13yrs. The LSA is a very stable plane, just make sure you are building the Riblet wing, built from the mylar sheet NOT the booklet. Good Luck. Stinger PS you can view my first flight on you tube: scratch built Bearhawk LSA.
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      • Frank
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        Stinger you are an inspiration. I've watched your first flight several times. Great demonstration of the no-bounce oleo struts. For sure I will take your cautions concerning the booklet to heart. And certainly open to any constructive criticism you may care to offer!

      • JimParker256
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        LOL. Stinger, your "two people" must be a lot skinnier than my "two people" if you can still legally carry 2 of them after adding 180 pounds of fuel to your 900 lb empty weight, all while remaining at the 1320 lb gross weight limit for Light Sport. I'm afraid I'd be over that limit with just me and full fuel!

        Good thing Bob designed the LSA for a 1500-lb gross weight, even though that takes it out of eligibility for Sport Pilot operation. Such a cool plane, and yours is a really nice-looking example. Love your color scheme!

    • #5
      Originally posted by stinger View Post
      Funny statement Bacon made. To my knowledge there are about 4 kit built and the same for scratch built. Having said that I think my scratch built was about number two or three. A lot of people want more power thus they build the Patrol but my build had more to do with age. My LSA has a standard 0-200 with a weight of 900 with heaters and back seat brakes plus extended baggage area. The aircraft flies quite well full of fuel and two people. She has a climb rate near one thousand ft per min. cruises at 2300rpm 105mph.with 8x6 tires.I now have 188hrs my grandson has 88hrs at the controls at age 13yrs. The LSA is a very stable plane, just make sure you are building the Riblet wing, built from the mylar sheet NOT the booklet. Good Luck. Stinger PS you can view my first flight on you tube: scratch built Bearhawk LSA.
      Just watched your 1st flight.... great video

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      • #6
        While waiting on sheets of 2024, I figured I’d invest a couple hundred in my lungs. Building a fume extractor and installed a little air cleaner. The extractor will have a counter weighted arm that hangs from the center of the shop. It’ll have a light/outlet and compressed air on it as well as a switch leg for the vac. I’m more likely to use it if it doubles or triples in function and is convenient. This all comes as a request from the Mrs. I guess she wants me around another 40-50 years to enjoy my plane.
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        • #7
          Bacon, I just noticed your SN and that it is adjacent to mine. I'm LSA #247. Unfortunately my schedule isn't opening up to begin building in earnest for another year, but I'm making a few parts here and there to support Johnb's project schedule. Today I'm off to the shop to make 2 shipsets of control horns for the aileron bellcranks.

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          • Bacon
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            It’s true what they say, do something everyday even if it’s just looking at the plans.

        • #8
          Just received a pile of 4130 and aluminum sheet. Already making airplane noises around the shop. Progress!
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          • #9
            Inspiration, This little boy my grandson now has over 100hrs at the controls of our Bearhawk LSA . Having just turned 14yrs completed his solo glider rating. Stinger IMG_2256.JPG

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            • Bacon
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              That’s amazing Stinger! I can’t wait to take my family up in this one. Hopefully one of my nephews or nieces takes up flying like your grandson.
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