Bearhawk Aircraft announced the formation of Bearhawk Canada to further expand its operations in the vast regions of North America. An agreement has been made with Mike Silvernagle in Saskatchewan to represent Bearhawk Aircraft in Canada for sales, service, parts and support of the three models of Bearhawk aircraft kits. Continue reading "Bearhawk Canada Formed"
Bearhawk Aircraft announced today the FIRST FLIGHTS of TWO Bearhawk LSA aircraft built by customers from Quick-Build kits. Owner/builders Bruce McElhoe of California and Bob Way of Alabama completed, certified and flew their Bearhawk LSAs, the first two completions, in November 2016.
The Bearhawk LSA was designed, built and tested by Bob Barrows, maker of the original Bearhawk 4-Place. Bearhawk Aircraft offers a Quick-Build (QB) kit of the two-place tandem seated Bearhawk LSA. Resembling the Piper Super Cub and other high-wing aircraft used for sport, recreation and utility, the Bearhawk LSA differs slightly with its single-strut-braced all aluminum wings and advanced Riblett 30-613.5 airfoil. The aircraft is a lightweight design that meets Sport Pilot requirements. Continue reading "Two Bearhawk LSA Aircraft Make Their First Flights"
The last time we flew the Bearhawk was about three years ago at Oshkosh - we found the hefty four-place with the IO-540 to be a rugged and well-behaved bush plane with a cavernous baggage area and plenty of power. Today we got the chance to give the "B" model of the aircraft another try, and found the incremental improvement in speed and handling to be a nice touch to an already fine machine. Continue reading "B is for Bearhawk"
Bearhawk Aircraft announced the unveiling of its Bearhawk Bravo. The Bravo is a refinement of the original four-place Bearhawk design that established the family of Bearhawk aircraft. The Bearhawk Bravo, referred to internally as the Model B, will be available as both a plansbuilt design and a quickbuild kit. The aircraft features best-in-class speed, STOL capability, and large payload carrying capacity. The original design and modifications are by renowned aviator, mechanic, and engineer Bob Barrows. Continue reading "Refined Bearhawk Four-Place Aircraft Offers Enhanced Performance"
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.
Bearhawk Aircraft announced today receipt of the first FAA authorization for transition training in a four-place Bearhawk amateur-built airplane. Bearhawk builder, owner and certified flight instructor (CFI), Jared Yates of Hickory, North Carolina has received a Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA) from the FAA allowing him to provide flight instruction in his four-place Bearhawk. The LODA allows builders and owners of Bearhawk aircraft to hone their pilot skills through a structured transition training program.