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Thread: Bearhawk vs Bushmaster

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    Default Bearhawk vs Bushmaster

    First, I really don't know too much about either one. Just curious what you Guys/Girls with experience flying/maintaining them thought. How do y'all think they compare? Pros - Cons, differences?

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    Default Re: Bearhawk vs Bushmaster

    One uses lots of Piper/aftermarket parts,
    The other has limited sources. Bearhawk seems to have a lot
    of interest, just none from me.
    Dave

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    Default Re: Bearhawk vs Bushmaster

    We have a io540 bearhawk at our airport with an MT prop =tons of AMU's. I'm fairly confident I could bet Sunday dinner you could build a producer/bushmaster style plane for a lot less... and I don't ever miss Sunday dinner. BTW if you want a big motor hauler you could build a super Stinson with the 540 motor.

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    Default Bearhawk vs Bushmaster

    Bearhawk....Two I've flown. Subaru powered and one O540. Hands down the O540 was the biggest kick in the pants.....frigg'n hot rod! The wings are more time consuming to build. The remainder not much different than my Pacer fuselage. Performance wise...the O540 Bearhawk is my favorite adrenalin rush of any aircraft I've flown in. I'm building one of-em. Quick build wings...the rest from scratch. IO520 permold 300 hp, Mooney Acclaim cowl...


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    Default Re: Bearhawk vs Bushmaster

    Quote Originally Posted by rsrguy3 View Post
    We have a io540 bearhawk at our airport with an MT prop =tons of AMU's. I'm fairly confident I could bet Sunday dinner you could build a producer/bushmaster style plane for a lot less... and I don't ever miss Sunday dinner. BTW if you want a big motor hauler you could build a super Stinson with the 540 motor.
    So who in the US has an STC to install a Lycoming O-540 in a 108-3 Stinson??I know of one in Canada. I was thinking about doing that when the Pacer is finished.
    Thanks,
    Jim

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    Default Re: Bearhawk vs Bushmaster

    There's a guy on the port building one, I'll find out this week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsrguy3 View Post
    There's a guy on the port building one, I'll find out this week.
    Thanks a bunch

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    Default Re: Bearhawk vs Bushmaster

    Quote Originally Posted by wyandot jim View Post
    So who in the US has an STC to install a Lycoming O-540 in a 108-3 Stinson??I know of one in Canada. I was thinking about doing that when the Pacer is finished.
    Thanks,
    Jim
    That would be an awesome airplane.

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    Default Re: Bearhawk vs Bushmaster

    Awesome plane Mark I've always loved them, I'm just thinking in terms of my fundableness....

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    Default Re: Bearhawk vs Bushmaster

    Yeah, I've been doing pay-as-you-go. The biggest expense was the wings. VR3 kit....first one....got it cheap. Bought two engines to build one. One cracked case with 339 hours. Ni ceramic ECi cylinders. One TSIO520WB first run. Replaced bearings, pistons, rings and gaskets. Did the machine work myself. If I stick with simple electronics should be less than $40k all in.


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