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The Beginning

Last Updated: 11/8/15

BUILDER'S LOG

4-place  BEARHAWK

plans #819

Hello, my name is Carl Peterson and I am creating this web page as my Builder's Log for my Bearhawk, plans serial number 819. 


I wanted an airplane that could be used on cross-country flights but could also be taken out to unimproved strips for camping and adventure. From all the reviews I read, the Bearhawk seemed to meet those needs with it's best feature being that I could build it from scratch!


I purchased the plans in the beginning of March 2005 and started actual work at the end of that month. However, a few months later I stopped working on the project following a divorce. Now, in 2015, it's time to get rolling again so I dug out the boxes of parts, dusted them off and took inventory. I can say the thrill of building is once again alive and well!


Although this will be my first homebuilt aircraft project, I have worked in the aircraft maintenance field for a number of years now, both in the military and later in civilian life as an A&P technician.

 

All my life I have wanted to be a pilot, yet at the same time I had grown up on stories of my father's adventures in the Navy.  As such, it is no wonder that when close to graduating from high school, I naturally sought the military recruiters as a means to satisfy both the flying and military dreams. 


My desire had been to fly for the Navy but when I decided to embark down the military path, the Navy recruiter assigned to my high school was out of town for a few days . However, the Army recruiter was present and I am afraid it was not too difficult for him to convince this young, eager, 17 year-old to join the Army with the "promise" of flying helicopters without the need of obtaining a college education first.  What the recruiter failed to mentioned was the fact that being accepted into the Army's flight school would have been far easier had I placed my application for a "high school to flight school" route rather than enlisting before applying for flight school. 

In the end, I served seven years as a helicopter repairman, received a lot of valuable experiences and learned the aircraft maintenance trade. The flying bug was finally satisfied through a combination of civilian flight schools and Army flying clubs.

 

 ​I hope this web page might serve as inspiration and perhaps some assistance to other prospective homebuilders just as I have greatly benefited from other builder's websites.

Perhaps the one web site I have frequented the most is the excellent site created by Eric Newton which can be found at http://mybearhawk.com


If you are interested in purchasing the plans please visit http://www.randbaircraft.com, or if you are interested in a kit for building one of the three Bearhawk models, please visit  http://www.bearhawkaircraft.com/.


​Another good source of information is the Bearhawk Forum which can be found at http://bearhawkforums.com.