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

e-mail address: planedrmr@att.net

John “Snaps” Knapp’s Micro Mong Rocket Seaplane

Flying in my 1984 Avid Seaplane for 2600 hours, the first one on floats, I always loved the nostalgia of biplanes, especially biplanes on floats. Consequently, four years ago I talked with Gerald Olenik of GreenSky Adventures, Inc., about a Micro Mong and got his advice about building one on floats. His only problem was how to exit to the front of the floats without getting wet. I would have to be a contortionist crawling through cables and struts. So I set to work welding, doping and scratchbuilding floats and attachments and two engine mounts. The original engine was a 440 Kawasaki, which was underpowered, so I installed a Rotax 582 with the C gearbox (3:1 ratio) and an RK 400 clutch. Now it’s overpowered with 5000 rpm providing 90 mph. I have to watch the Vne of 110. Performance is spectacular to say the least.

The newest mods include a Warp Drive 72-inch, three-blade prop with polished aluminum spinner, and a smoke system. I’m having so much fun, it’s time to build a two-seat Tiger Moth on floats so others can enjoy open air seaplane flying.

Location: Bath, North Carolina

e-mail address: snaps@embarqmail.com