Wednesday, September 10, 2008


STANDARD DATA: Seats: 4; Gross weight: 2,500 lbs.; Empty weight: 1,150-1,350 lbs.; Fuel capacity: 50-68 gals.; Engine horsepower: 150- 260 hp.
PERFORMANCE: Cruise speed: 150 mph; Initial climb rate: 1,500-1,700 fpm; Takeoff distance: 200- 500 ft.

One of the best kit planes out there, the Bearhawk is slightly larger on the inside than the popular Cessna 172, but scores much higher in an overall utility rating. Useful load ranges from 1,000-1,300 pounds and can carry four adults and full fuel. The back seat can be removed resulting in a huge cargo area with unobstructed access. Not only does the back seat have its own door, but also the door combines with the cargo door to allow a six-foot loading area. The Bearhawk is available in a “quick build” kit.


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