Bearhawk LSA Kit completes maiden flight

AUSTIN, Texas — Bearhawk Aircraft’s first kit-built Bearhawk LSA aircraft has completed its maiden flight.

The Bearhawk LSA made its debut at AirVenture 2012 as a prototype constructed by its designer Bob Barrows. The Bearhawk LSA, available as a quick-build kit, is manufactured by Bearhawk Aircraft of Austin, Texas.

Bearhawk3 copyBearhawk Aircraft owner Mark Goldberg completed the first Bearhawk LSA quick-build kit.

“The completed aircraft, N514AK, was present at AirVenture Oshkosh, on display in Bearhawk Aircraft booth,” noted Goldberg. “Visitors were welcomed to view the plane and it was readily identified by its bright red and silver Oratex covering.”

The Bearhawk LSA completed the journey from Texas to Oshkosh in 9.7 hours of flight time. Cruise speeds during the flight varied from 98 miles per hour burning 4.5 gallons per hour  to 118 mph using 6 gph, he reports.

Empty weight is 818 pounds, allowing for a useful load of 322 pounds with a full 30-gallon tank of fuel. The airplane is designed for a maximum weight of 1,500 pounds (with utility category strength), an additional margin for the aircraft’s certified 1,320-pound LSA limit.

Bearhawk2The Bearhawk LSA sports a 105-horsepower Continental O-200 engine completed by Bob Barrows. It includes a full electrical system.

Barrows’s prototype Bearhawk LSA was also present on the grounds and participated in the Valdez STOL contest. In Monday’s event, Barrows, in his Bearhawk LSA, performed a takeoff roll of 94 feet and a landing roll of 140 feet.

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