Bearhawk takes first place at Texas STOL Roundup

AUSTIN, Texas – Bearhawk Aircraft’s Bearhawk four-place aircraft scored a first place finish at the Texas STOL Roundup held April 11-13 in Llano, Texas (KAQO). The winning aircraft, a kit-built Bearhawk manufactured by AviPro of Austin, Texas, competed in the heavy touring class (gross weight from 2,500 to 3,600 lbs.).

bearhawkThe contest was organized using the same rules as the familiar Valdez, Alaska, Fly-in and competition.

The event was “extremely well attended” according to participants and organizers, with more than 200 aircraft present. Each participant was scored on one run from the better of two sets of takeoffs and landings.

Piloting the aircraft was Bearhawk Aircraft demo pilot Wayne Massey. Massey’s combined takeoff and landing distance was 445 feet.

Mark Goldberg, president of AviPro commented, “The Texas STOL Roundup was an excellent event for us to show off the Bearhawk. It was designed for a combination of takeoff, landing, cruise speed and carrying capacity. Backcountry flying is what the Bearhawk does best. We were pleased to be among other talented pilots and competitive aircraft. Although the event is held in the spirit of fun, we are extremely pleased to take home the first-place award.”

A short 2-minute video of the winning Bearhawk can be viewed here

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  1. Dale Rust says

    Let me get this straight .. it is kit built .. which means it is registered as Experimental .. which means it is not to be uses for a COMMERCIAL purpose … so what good is it ?? Unless it goes to Alaska … where anything goes (as it should)

    • Greg W says

      It’s use is as a personal recreational vehicle, (as I’m sure you realize). Most light singles are used that way in the lower 48. Maules, C-180/5’s, super cubs etc. don’t work for a living in the 48 unless towing gliders or banners. Even in AK. and Canada the small singles are personal “pick-up trucks” usually the C-206, C-208 and Dehavilland Beaver and Otter(including twin), do the heavy lifting. I have helped prepare several aircraft for Alaska service and they were all going there to “play” not “for pay”.

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