EAA-Led Reform Ideas Include LSA Weight and Homebuilt Regulations

MOSAIC discussions started with FAA more than two years ago

EAA and FAA logosEAA's proposed weight limit change to 3,600 pounds for light-sport aircraft is part of the current discussions between EAA and FAA prior to any broad MOSAIC (Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certificates) rulemaking, but discussions are still in the formative stage with much work to be done. Continue reading "EAA-Led Reform Ideas Include LSA Weight and Homebuilt Regulations"

Merlin Magic

When we last few the single-seat Merlin PSA, it featured a two-stroke Rotax engine and we enjoyed the heck out of it. It's a nimble - yet solid - airplane that is easy to put down wherever you was it, and is fun to throw around the sky. That was two years ago - and Chip Erwin, importer of the Merlin kit, has not stood still. Aside from working on various electric airplane options and flirting with floats for the Merlin, he has continued to look for a four-stroke engine that matched the Merlin's performance envelope - and he found it in the 60-horsepower HKS 700E. Continue reading "Merlin Magic"

Merlin PSA Quick-Build Kit Earns FAA 51% Approval

"The FAA's National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) evaluated the Merlin's Quick Build Kit (QBK), and it passed by .01% -- You can't get more builder-friendly than that," says Aeromarine President Chip Erwin, from his build center in Florida, where two customers are completing their Merlin PSA kits right now. Two more customers are assembling Merlins at their home bases. Continue reading "Merlin PSA Quick-Build Kit Earns FAA 51% Approval"

Sitting in Airplanes

Inside the Merlin
Inside the Merlin

I sometimes like to think back on how much time I have spent sitting in airplanes. I am sure that it long ago passed the point where I'd talk about it in hours, days, or weeks - probably well into the units of "years." It has not always been me at the controls of course - I have countless hours sitting as a passenger in a transport, or an airliner, but oftentimes that time in back has been to get to somewhere that I can sit in the pilot's seat of a new and different airplane. Just this week I spent two solid days as a passenger, flying from the west coast to Florida for the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida. It was well worth the effort, because I got to try on some new airplanes for size at the show. Continue reading "Sitting in Airplanes"

Bearhawk LSA to Make its Sebring Debut

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 LSA
Bearhawk LSA

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.

For more information on Bearhawk Aircraft, visit www.bearhawkaircraft.com, or contact Bearhawk at info@bearhawkaircraft.com or 1-877-528-4776.

Kitplanes Looks at the Groppo Trail

groppo-trail-snipWell, it's not entirely new to Oshkosh, but the Italian company Groppo is launching a new marketing effort for its two-seat tandem Groppo Trail at an eye-catching price.  The Trail will be available as an E-LSA, an LSA, and an amateur-built kit, according to Steve Bassinger, who's representing Groppo in the U.S.  Think of it as an Italian Cub, and you'll be pretty close.

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