What's a Bearhawk?

Designed by engineer Bob Barrows, the BEARHAWK is being built in many countries around the world.

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What's a Bearhawk?

Unread post by Jayson v Schalkwyk » Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:00 pm

So, since I asked for the forum, I guess I had better post some stuff.

Bob Barrows designed the Bearhawk in the early 1990's, started selling plans not long after that and first builders started off in around 1995. Its a srcatchbuilt, 4 seat taildragger, or recently available in kitform from Avipro Aircraft www.bearhawkaircraft.com. Wings are Aluminium structure, with the fuselage of welded 4130 steeltube, covered in fabric. She can be powered by anything from 150hp to 260hp. Some builders have tried auto engines, but its not a common option.

At this stage, there is only 1 completed in SA, built by 2 Fochville brothers, but there are a few others in various stages of construction. Here is a take off clip, giving you an idea or its performance http://mybearhawk.com/takeoff.wmv
Here are some more specs

Top Speed (Vne) 175 mph, IAS
Cruise Speed (260 hp) 150 mph (62%), TAS (varies with builder,engine,weight)
Cruise Speed (180 hp) 135-140 mph, TAS
Landing Speed 40 mph, IAS
Takeoff Roll 200-500 ft, demonstrated (depends on engine)
Rate of Climb @ gross 1,500-1,700 fpm (varies with builder,engine, etc.)
Range @ 65% est. 650 mi.
Range @ 50% est. 900 mi.
Empty Weight 1150-1350 pounds (varies w /builder /engine /prop)
Gross weight 2500 pounds (2700 pounds on floats)
Useful Load 1350-1150 pounds (varies w/ builder/ engine/ prop)
Fuel Capacity 50 gallons (standard) 68 gallons (optional, w/aux tanks)
Wing span 33 ft.
Wing Area 180 sq. ft.
Length 23 ft. 6 in.
Cabin Width 42 in.
Cabin Length 9 ft 8 in. (firewall to back of back of baggage area)
Engine HP range 150-260 hp

Have a look and tell me what you think. I am sure I will be posting more.

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Re: What's a Bearhawk?

Unread post by Jayson v Schalkwyk » Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:56 am

So, its been a bit quiet.

Here a few photos of what a Bearhawk looks like.

Hope you like it.
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Re: What's a Bearhawk?

Unread post by JvTonder » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:44 am

Very nice!
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Re: What's a Bearhawk?

Unread post by Jayson v Schalkwyk » Fri Apr 08, 2011 12:31 pm

Adding 3 flight reports here, written by well known writer Budd Davisson.

1st report is on the 180hp version of the Bearhawk, which is also the Prototype built by Design Bob Barrows:
http://www.airbum.com/pireps/PirepBearhawk180.html

2nd report is on the 260hp version also built by Bob. Was a comparison on the more powerful engine and performance:
http://www.airbum.com/pireps/PirepBearhawk260.html

3rd report is about 1 of the first scratchbuilt aircraft. This is a 260hp version built by Pat Fagan and his wife. The became unofficial ambassadors for teh aircraft since it won a couple of awards and generated alot of the intial interest in the Bearhawk:
http://www.airbum.com/pireps/PirepPatFaganBH.html

As mentioned, all reports are from Bud Davissons website http://www.airbum.com - nice site actually with lots of similar flight reports on all sorts of aircraft.

Enjoy the read
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Re: What's a Bearhawk?

Unread post by regal » Fri Apr 08, 2011 1:42 pm

Uhumm now for pics of your one ............please
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Re: What's a Bearhawk?

Unread post by Jayson v Schalkwyk » Fri Apr 08, 2011 4:36 pm

Well, wish it was that easy. Umm, if you go back io the main BH index look at Bearhawk 1050 - that what mine looks like so far... Not much to see I know, but its still early days!

Hope you enjoyed the write ups though??

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