Al Leppanen's Dakota Hawk

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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Michael Goodman's Dakota Hawk

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.
Michael Goodman
Ventura, CA

Location: Ventura, CA

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