★ TECHNICAL COUNSELOR:
Minnesota | Helicycle I-03
Tom Olson and Judson Brandt
★ FLIGHT ADVISOR: Judson Brandt
My first group of parts arrived in 1999. As a retired police officer, this
was to be my retirement project. When B.J. Schram died in 2004, I
stopped building. B.J. was the inventor and produced the Helicycle
helicopter. His wife, Carolyn, and Blake Estes continue the work in
Caldwell, Idaho. A year later I decided that B.J.’s legacy and my dream
should go on. Airworthiness was completed in September 2006.
Factory checkout pilot Doug Schwochert lifted off on April 24, 2008.
The ship flies like the dream I had when I first talked to B.J.
Milton Huhta, EAA 688841; Duluth, Minnesota
Oklahoma | Champion I completed my Champion 7FC Tri-Champ on October 28, 2008. It was a complete restoration with an overhauled C-90-12F engine, all new Superflite covering, new lift struts and control cables, all new hardware, and all new windows. I also included a new interior and a modern instrument panel. Total build time was 30 months. It is a real pretty plane and a real pleasure to fly. Thanks to all of my airport friends for their help. This is my third complete project. Edward W. Jones, EAA 428302; Ponca City, Oklahoma E-mail: email@example.com
Maryland | Safari Helicopter After about two and one-half years of construction in a one-car garage, the Safari took to the air in the spring of 2008. After hauling the helicopter to Marianna, Florida, the first flight was made by the company test pilot at the Safari factory. This is highly recommend- ed, as is the company-run, weeklong transition-training course. I installed a Lycoming O-360, which gives it plenty of power, and fly- ing is simplified with the installation of a governor. Thanks to my family, the friendly folks at Safari, and numerous supportive Safari builders and owners. Michael A. Smolek, EAA 631388; St. Mary’s City, Maryland
Iowa | RV-8A
My RV-8A has been flying since February 15, 2006, providing almost
300 hours of great fun so far. I built and painted it in the garage of my
condo over a six and one-half year period. The paint scheme is taken
from the U.S. Air Force’s new primary trainer, the T-6A Texan II. Power
comes from an overhauled Lycoming O-360-A1A driving a Hartzell
constant-speed prop. Empty weight is 1,087 pounds, and performance
is per Van’s specs, which is to say, superb! Panel and ignition are all
electric with no magnetos or vacuum system. I was honored to win a
Bronze Lindy at Oshkosh ’06.
Mark Navratil, EAA 447389; Marion, Iowa