AUSTIN, TEXAS, APRIL 28, 2014 – Bearhawk Aircraft announced its Bearhawk 4-place aircraft scored a first place finish at the Texas STOL Roundup held April 11-13th in Llano, Texas (KAQO). The winning aircraft, a kit-built Bearhawk 4-place manufactured by AviPro of Austin, Texas, competed in the heavy touring class (gross weight from 2,500 to 3,600 lbs.).
The 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 over 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 take off and landing distance was 445 feet. The Bearhawk 4-place continually delivers impressive performance numbers, particularly for a heavy-hauler airplane with cruise speeds of 140-150 MPH.
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.” Goldberg continued, “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 at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9JmduGTIEc
Bearhawk Aircraft manufactures aircraft kits for utility and recreational use. The product line consists of three models: the Bearhawk 4-place, Patrol (2-place) and LSA (tandem). Designed by engineer Bob Barrows, the Bearhawk designs have in common excellent performance and superb flying characteristics. Bearhawks are known for their short field capability, higher than expected cruise speeds, and very gentle slow speed manners.