TEXAS FLY BABY
THE BOWERS FLY BABY is my fourth homebuilt;
the first was a VariEze, followed by a British
S.E. 5 biplane and a 3/4-scale Taylorcraft. I purchased a Continental A- 65 engine and needed a
plane to hang it on. I happened upon an old Air
Progress magazine with a cutaway view of a Fly
Baby. The Fly Baby’s Internet home page had a
picture of a Fly Baby as a reconfigured German
WWI Junkers CL. 1 “Trench Strafer.” This just
had to be the plane for my engine!
Construction of the plane began in May
2007 and was finished in December 2009.
Working with wood is easy but more time-consuming than some other means of
construction. The plane is finished with latex
house paint in the colors of a Junkers CL. 1. The
machine guns and the rear gunner’s pit have
been constructed for the final touch. One of the
photos shows the Fly Baby with an enclosed
canopy for winter flying.
Many thanks go to my wife, members of
EAA Chapter 35, and residents of San
Geronimo Airpark for their support during the
building of this plane. There were so many people who helped with their labor and donations
of spare aircraft material and parts.
Lewis Mason, EAA 109141; San Antonio, Texas;
BEARHAWK N942VT RECEIVED ITS airworthiness certificate on November 6,
2010, and first flew on November 21, 2010, after 21 months of build time. The
AviPro Bearhawk kit was a joy to build, and everyone along the way from the
designer, Bob Barrows, to the factory, to the Bearhawk community was of
great help. I especially have to thank my EAA Chapter 740 for the interest
taken in my project and helpful hints along the way, as this was my first
homebuilt project. Primary thanks go first to my supportive and loving wife,
who helped along the way with keeping the project going. The Bearhawk is
powered by a 190-hp Lycoming O-360 (by R&B aircraft) and constant-speed
prop. The panel is equipped with a Dynon D100, Grand Rapids engine information system, Lowrance 2000C GPS, ICOM radio, King transponder, PS
Engineering intercom, and a backup airspeed indicator. The plane flies great
with lots of power for short takeoff. Empty weight came in at 1,386 pounds,
giving me a useful load of 1, 114 pounds. With the large cargo doors the payload will come in handy for long camping trips. I think the Bearhawk is the
perfect homebuilt airplane for those who want a reasonably fast, rugged airplane with lots of useful load and simple construction.
Dave Lenart, EAA 778231; Bethel, Vermont; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Technical Counselor: Marvin Bishop & Stephen Keen