what our members are building & restoring
★ TECHNICAL COUNSELOR
& FLIGHT ADVISOR: Mickey Whittenburg
★ TECHNICAL COUNSELOR: Warren Daugherty
Mississippi | Bearhawk
My plans-built Bearhawk N57EN flew for the first time on June 7,
2008. The takeoff took less than 400 feet, and it climbed at more than
1,200 fpm at 100 mph. Construction began in September 2003 with
the forming of the aluminum wing ribs over a wooden form block. It
took just more than four and a half years to complete this scratch-built
project, which has a Lycoming O-360 with a Sensenich fixed-pitch
prop. The panel includes a Dynon D100 electronic flight instrument
system (EFIS) and Grand Rapids Technologies engine information system. Thanks to designer Bob Barrows; my building partners, Lonnie
Gibbons and Mickey Whittenburg; and my wife, Michelle.
Eric Newton, EAA 619436; Long Beach, Mississippi
Pennsylvania | RV-7A
First flown in December 2006, this aircraft took six years to complete.
N438GS is equipped with a Mattituck O-360; Hartzell blended-airfoil
constant-speed prop; Classic Aero seats and upholstery; Garmin GMA
340, SL30, GNC 300XL, and GTX 327; Dynon EFIS and engine monitor; and Tru Trak Pictorial Pilot and Altrak. Thanks to my patient and
supportive wife, Diane, and my family, who bucked many rivets along
the way. A special thanks goes to Herb Rose for his endless hours of
help and support during the final phase of construction. With hard
work and determination, dreams do come true.
Gary Slatt, EAA 390137; Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
North Carolina | Super Rebel
After 10 years of intermittent building, I’m finished and flying my
Murphy Super Rebel, N2500V. First flight was October 13, 2008. This
is a true four-place airplane with enough useful load for four adults,
full fuel, and 200 pounds of bags or camping gear. The performance
is fantastic with a Lycoming IO-540 and Hartzell constant-speed
prop giving a cruise of 130 knots true airspeed and spirited climbs.
The short-field capabilities of this airplane are fantastic, aided by
Pacific Northwest Aero vortex generators on wings, stabilator, and fin.
Thanks to my family—Pam, Kristen, and Alex, and EAA Chapter 309
of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Fred Darnell, EAA 464243, Charlotte, North Carolina
★ TECHNICAL COUNSELORS: Neil Stewart,
Washington | Glasair
Andy Moscarelli, Roland Brown
FLIGHT ADVISOR: Dale Ensing
I began this project with the rudder kit and eventually moved on to
the tail kit, building the horizontal stabilizer, elevator, and trim tab. I
don’t think I would have gone on to build the wings if Glasair hadn’t
assured me I could bring the wings and tail in to the Two Weeks To
Taxi Program for final assembly. After two years, the wings and tail
were done, and I took everything over to the Glasair factory. I then
stepped through the TWTT time warp, and two weeks later I had built
an amazing airplane with a little help from my friends.
Chip Swett, EAA 532025; Wenatchee, Washington