AFTER NEARLY 10 YEARS of work, my wife and I completed our Lockwood
AirCam last summer. The aircraft is equipped with two Rotax 912S
engines, MGL electronic flight instrument system (EFIS), I-K
Technologies engine instruments, and an XCOM radio. We accomplished
all the work, including avionics, wiring, and paint, and the fabric and paint
were done using Stewart Systems products. We would not have been able
to complete the airplane without the help of lots of folks, including neighbors, friends, vendors, and especially our EAA technical counselors. We
owe a special debt of thanks to the late Geoff Sharples, who inspected our
work early on and gave us the confidence to continue.
The AirCam first flew on August 2, 2009, without any problems. Since
then we have flown nearly 50 hours with only minor tweaking required. It
is a spectacular performer with a climb rate of 2,000 feet per minute.
Ed and Kaye Pierson, EAA 120796; Vashon, Washington
Tech Counselor: Geoff Sharples & James Huber
MY HIGHLANDER, N728BB, PASSED its airworthiness
inspection in late June 2009 and flew its first flight on
July 28, 2009. Just Aircraft of Walhalla, South Carolina,
supplied the kit, and 550 hours of build time went into
this project. Special thanks go to Dave Roberts for his
invaluable assistance on this project.
Ben Brown, EAA 785421; Dixmont, Maine
I FINISHED BUILDING MY Lancair 320 at Truckee,
California, after six and a half years and flew it for the
first time in December 1994. It is strong, light, and goes
fast. I cruise at 8,500 feet burning roughly 8. 75 gallons
per hour and making between 197 and 200 knots true
airspeed. I have just less than 1,500 hours on the airplane
and have loved every minute. My wife and I use the airplane to visit our 12 grandchildren. Two people who
were of great help to me in finishing my Lancair were
Bucky Whittier and Bob Sinclair. Bob built a Lancair 320
and earned a Champion’s trophy at AirVenture a few
years ago. Bucky also built a beautiful Lancair 320.
George Shattuck, EAA 413249; Greensboro, Georgia
AFTER 11 YEARS OF build time, the first flight of plans-built Bearhawk N786RG took place on June 20, 2009.
The plane performs well with a stall speed of 32 mph
and cruise speed of 120 mph indicated at 2400 rpm.
The engine is a Lycoming O-360 with a 76-by- 56 inch
Sensenich prop. Empty weight is 1,349 pounds.
Many thanks to my family; Jim Keenan; my riveter
buddy, Darol Reschke; and Bob Barrows for such a
Ray Gabriel, EAA 436915; Greenleaf, Wisconsin