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    Fun Aircraft?

    So... I am thinking about building a "fun" aircraft - I want one that is:

    [ ] at least two seats
    [ ] open cockpit or doors come off
    [ ] comfortable for two adults ~6ft 200+ lbs.
    [ ] could add floats someday
    [ ] preferably plans built w/builder support

    I have a few ideas:

    Breezy
    Woody Pusher
    Wag Aero Sport Trainer
    Volmer VJ 22


    Any others?

    PS. Anyone with one of these planes within 500 miles of Charlotte, NC - I'd love to come see yours.
    -Jim

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    Bakeng Deuce, maybe?

    http://www.bakengdeuce.com/

    Or Bearhawk Patrol?

    http://www.bearhawkaircraft.com/

    Both available from plans. Bearhawk support is stellar. Bakeng Deuce, not entirely sure, but they do have a forum at their web site.

    ~Chris
    Christopher Owens
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    Hatz.

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    Pober Junior Ace

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    Wag-Aero (various Piper clones)

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    Where can I find more info for the Pober Junior Ace and Hatz? Cockpit sizes?
    -Jim

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    For the Junior Ace...

    http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalo...oberCorben.php
    http://www.eaa.org/experimenter/arti...10-05_jaks.asp
    http://www.rotecradialengines.com/customers/TimG.htm
    http://aircraftproducts.wicksaircraf...e-aircraft-kit

    There are also many Junior Ace articles (and related articles on building the single-seat Baby Ace) available in the back issues of SPORT AVIATION. These include articles by EAA founder Paul Poberezny who "modernized" the original 1930s Corben plans in the 1950s. If you are an EAA member you can access them for free at www.oshkosh365.org. I have attached a recent article from the same magazine on an award-winning Rotec radial-powered example completed just a few years ago.

    Cheers,

    Matthew

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    Where can I find more info for the Pober Junior Ace and Hatz? Cockpit sizes?
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    I like the Pober - how wide is the cockpit?
    -Jim

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    Here's a stupid question... (And Paul, please don't rag on me for asking. I have a reason.) Has anyone ever built a Junoir Ace with tricycle landing gear?

    The reason I ask is because I've always liked the JA. However, I'm crippled and none of the insunace compaines (I can think of anyway. And I think I hit 'em all.) will cover me in a taildragger.

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    I have never seen a tricycle Junior Ace, but there are other designs that might work. If you don't mind my asking, what sort limitations does your handicap put on you?
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    Hi Fred,

    I had polio as kid back in '57. Then later (late 70's) was diagnosed with Post Polio. Over the next 25, or so years, I gradually lost the ability to walk. I have movement in my legs. Just very little strength, and pratically zero endurance. Meaning I can stand for about 2 seconds before the knees kick out and I drop to the ground. So I've been full time chair now, since about '06.

    I passed the Sport Pilot check-ride in June of 2011... in a rented Ercoupe. Which is a great airplane. And I've enjoyed flying it. But I've always like an open cockpit. And while you can fly the 'coupe windows down... it isn't quite the same thing.

    The insurance weenies are scared of the idea of hand rudder controls in a taildragger.

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