Two Bearhawk aircraft receive workmanship awards

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Bearhawk Aircraft reports two award wins for customer-built Bearhawk airplanes. Bearhawk co-owner/builders Hatcher Ferguson and Don Aldridge of Virginia, and Mark Scott of Connecticut, were awarded Outstanding Workmanship for fabrication of two separate aircraft at recent fly-in events. The awards recognize the builders for their craftsmanship, technique and level of finish on their completed aircraft.

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Bearhawk receives FAA approval for transition training

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Flying an airplane you’ve never flown before is a lot like cooking in someone else’s kitchen. Although you know how to work a stove, the microwave can present a challenge and finding the most basic of implements can be time consuming and frustrating.

Now add the dimension of being at 3,000 feet above the earth and hurtling through space at 120 knots. Before you attempt to go it alone, it’s a good idea to get some training in that “kitchen.”

Most pilots — and their insurance companies — recognize the value of transition training when moving from one model of aircraft to another. However, it can be a challenge to find someone who can legally provide that training, especially when you intend to fly an experimental aircraft.

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Bearhawk Aircraft receives FAA approval for transition training

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Bearhawk Aircraft has received the first FAA authorization for transition training in a four-place Bearhawk amateur-built airplane.

Bearhawk builder, owner and certified flight instructor (CFI), Jared Yates of Hickory, North Carolina, has received a Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA) from the FAA allowing him to provide flight instruction in his four-place Bearhawk. The LODA allows builders and owners of Bearhawk aircraft to hone their pilot skills through a structured transition training program.

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Webfoot Bearhawk flies

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A Bearhawk on floats has taken to the sky.

Al Robinson of Cold Lake, Alberta, is the first to fly a Bearhawk on floats, according to company officials.

“I bought a scratch-built Bearhawk from its original builder, Tom Yeoman in New Mexico, for the express purpose of putting it on floats,” Robinson said. “Tom had equipped the airplane with an O-360 Lycoming with low compression pistons that yielded 170 horsepower and allowed him to fly it on auto gas.

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