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Has anyone built a Just Aircraft Highlander?

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Carl Belt
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#1 Posted: 11/23/2010 16:13:59

I was wondering if anyone out there has built or is building a Just Aircraft Highlander? Their factory is only about sixty miles from my home and I am considering building that aircraft in the future. I would like to connect with someone who has completed one or is in the process of building. I'd like to discuss any problems with the kit or design. I've viewed the videos on their website, and in the near future, will make a trip to the factory.  



Charles Reinert
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#2 Posted: 11/24/2010 18:52:33

HI, I built one for a friend about 2 years ago. Give me a call and I will help as much as I can.

Chuck Reinert 803-426-1356



Lynn Dingfelder
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#3 Posted: 11/24/2010 19:06:10

I built a Just Aircraft Escapade about 5 years ago. This model is 95% the same as the Highlander.  I used the quickbuild option, which insures perfect wing shape and symmetry. Overall, it was an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Troy and Gary are great people, and promptly addressed any questions I had. The finished aircraft flies well, a very nice ship.                    

                                                                                                                                 Lynn Dingfelder    Corry, PA

    



Tom Cucarese
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#4 Posted: 11/24/2010 19:27:47

Carl,

 I am presently building an Escapade, which is essentually the same as the Highlander. I will admit that my devotion to the project has been very lax, but things like a job, motorcycle, a Cherokee 160, just to name a few, have taken a bite out of my time.

 Have you visited the factory and flown their demonstrator? That should be your first step. Just Aircraft has a very impressive operation and they always welcome guests. The Highlander is not a fast a/c but it excels in STOL /low and slow flying, and does a beautifull job of it.  If you're into high speed cross country flying consider an RV. Fly a Highlander  and see for yourself what a nice flying a/c it is, and you will be hooked.

The build manual is somewhat vague in a few areas, but the great customer service more than makes up for it.  Jak, the customer service guy,and owner Troy have been a great help and always answered all questions to my satisfaction. These guys are more than willing to help.  Your proximity to J.A. is also a big plus. It would be no big deal to drive over to see any specific areas that need clairification.

All of the materials and workmanship in the kit are first rate so go over to Walhalla and and take a look.

 

Tom Cucarese

tomc4263@yahoo.com

 

 

 



Joel Kesler
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#5 Posted: 11/24/2010 19:50:30

Hi Carl I'm Jak as Frank put it customer support at the factory. Actually I do a little bit of everything. I live just across the river in Ga  and when I flew in one I sold my half of an Rv and a 172 so I could buy one of these. Low and slow was just my thing and this fit just like a glove.   I went to work for the factory so I could be envolved with this plane on all levels. There are several in our area so getting you a ride will be very simple, give us a call and we'll get you in the air for a demo.   Jak



Allan Fisher
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#6 Posted: 11/25/2010 01:17:05

There are three Highlanders flying in our area. I own a beautiful one (Arlington Grand Champion 2008) that was built by Steve Dentz. Steve is now building another Highlander. Call me and I can give you his contact information



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Robert Waldhaus
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#7 Posted: 11/25/2010 11:05:35

hi carl

  I live just outside DUE WEST SC,have built several just aircraft models, an ex employee and still help out when needed.

and have a flying a escapade/ highlander give me a call  864-379-2082  Bob Waldhaus



Miguel Azevedo
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#8 Posted: 11/25/2010 14:02:59


happy Carl: I remember reading an article in KITPLANES Magazine some time ago. The builder was a she-builder and she reported to be in awe with her plane. Give it a try. The Highlander ranks in the top 3 of my kitbuild list. Only problem is $. It is a costly kit. 

Cheers,

Miguel Azevedo

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Piper PA22/20-150

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Miguel Azevedo
Carl Belt
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#9 Posted: 11/28/2010 12:24:51

Thanks for the responses, guys and gal. I appreciate everyone of them. For those of you that are in SC, you might get a call from me soon. I am in my first semester in the A&P program at Greenville Tech and getting ready for finals so it might be a while. My son and I are planning to build something together. His is in the aviation program at Bob Jones. In his flight training there he is flying a Diamond A20. Both he and his instructor are tall, 6'4" or so and they have to bend their head sideways to fly. We want to sit in a plane before we decide to build it to make sure we will fit comfortly. By the way, I am 6'3".                                                                                              Thanks, Carl 



John Logan
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#10 Posted: 12/18/2010 05:47:23

 

Joel and Robert:

How does the buider assist program work?  Is it just for critical component work, or are builders completing their kits there?  What is the typical amount of time it takes for builders in the assist program to complete their kits?

tks, John