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Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

Flying and Airplanes

Bearhawk 5 first impressions

August 28, 2021
Emilie Phillips

We test flew the prototype Bearhawk 5 at Bowman this past weekend. There were a number of build choices that I found odd. two throttles? a constant speed propeller governor that wouldn’t adjust below 1,800 rpm miniscule avionics 4 widely spaced seats instead of 6 or 4 and lots of baggage drafty doors that let […]

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Return from WV

June 25, 2021
Emilie Phillips

Tyson and I worked during our second week in West Virginia. Isaac built a walking trail with my parents and a few other homeowners. They put in a zig-zag around short drop. It took them four mornings of work to decide where the trail should go cut and dig up the bushes dig a level […]

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Separate flights to West Virginia

June 16, 2021
Emilie Phillips

Tyson flew direct from New Hampshire down to Canaan Valley to meet my parents. He and Isaac stuffed the Bearhawk full of luggage and fuel. The Bearhawk should take an hour longer to fly the route then me in the RV4. But I had a significant detour first. I had to be in northern NH […]

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Dover Foxcroft NE STOL

June 12, 2021
Emilie Phillips

After a hiatus last year, the NE STOL series is back this summer with more events than before. There is one event per month, May through September, in the Northeast. Each short field takeoff and landing competition at a different field. This month, the field was Dover-Foxcroft in Maine. Tyson stayed home and worked while […]

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Keene, Sterling, and Potanipo

June 6, 2021
Emilie Phillips

No great adventures to report from this past week. Saturday, Tyson and Isaac flew to Keene for a Bearhawk fly-in. A couple dozen people came. Five-ish people were building Bearhawks. Many of the others were from the local EAA chapter. Tyson was the only one who brought a Bearhawk. Sunday, Tyson and Emilie flew down […]

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Smoke in the cockpit

May 18, 2021
Emilie Phillips

I had my first in-flight emergency Tuesday. It happened on the way back from the mechanic’s with my RV-4. I always do an extra diligent preflight after my plane gets serviced in case they forgot to put something back together. When I first powered on the RV-4, I smelled something like burnt oil. It usually […]

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Ski Plane Skiing

February 28, 2021
Emilie Phillips

Tyson loves using our planes to get to an adventure. Ever since mounting the skis on the Bearhawk this winter, he’s been eyeing the unplowed Gorham airport and the adjacent Bill Hill skiing glade. The upside of flying to the Whites is we don’t have to get up at 5:30AM. The downside is the weather […]

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We have two small airplanes, an RV-4 and a Bearhawk, and we have fun flying them to local small airports, and off field landings with other local pilots.

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