I built my Dakota Hawk from plans over a period of about three and a half years; the first flight was in October 2011. I've built many R.C. models over the years, and my wife said the Hawk, during construction, "looked just like a big model." I must agree. The plane is a simple, classic design, all wood, fabric covering, steam gauges and powered by a Continental A75 with no electrics. I finished it with latex paint and I carry a handheld radio and a simple GPS. Many parts that I didn't think were worth trying to build, such as the windshield, fuel tanks and motor mount, were supplied by Fisher Flying Products. Total cost was about $19,000.
Location: Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
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This Dakota Hawk is my second homebuilt project. I've been a carpenter for many years so it only felt right to build a wooden plane. It turned out nice and is a good flyer. I used the Stewart System for covering and found it to be a lot more fun than I had anticipated. The plane has two wing tanks for a 22-gallon capacity. The plans were, for the most part, followed faithfully except for a few places where I felt I wanted a little more strength and I installed a center stick of my own design which is a great help when getting my size 14's in the plane. Special thanks go to Jerry Breeyear, George Hana and Barry Mockabee for their help. I must also express appreciation to my wife, Betty, who was always ready to give me a helping hand.
Location: Salome, AZ
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After nearly 13 years of construction (I’m slow) Dakota Hawk N783SM took to the sky for its maiden flight. Powered by a Rotax 912S and turning a 72” Warp drive prop it literally jumped off the runway. The moment was surreal! I couldn’t believe that the bundle of sticks and pieces of plywood from the kit had materialized into the sturdy little flyer that carried me aloft. Everything was done in my two car garage including the paint, which thanks to the Stewart System was accomplished with virtually no smell or worries of combustible fumes. My gratitude to the factory support I received in the days when Gene and Darlene Hanson owned Fisher Flying Products, my good friend Shawn who was always willing to lend a helping hand and especially to my loving wife who encouraged me to pursue my boyhood dream.
Location: Ventura, CA
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