Posted: 5/29/2011 15:28:30
I am a new member from Texas and I have been doing a little looking around at some LSAs. Originally I was looking at a Tandem Airbike but I recently talked to a guy selling his L'il Breezy. I am having a hard time finding any information on them and was wondering if anyone here has/had any experience with them. I am looking for an experimental 2-place plane for under $10k. A go somewhere plane would be fun but I have enough land to have a small grass strip and something like the Lil Breezy or airbike seems more practical to fly from home. But if anyone knows of anything else that fits this I'm all ears.
I am 6'3" 250lbs and would still like to fly passengers around for local flights. Would the Breezy have any troubles with this? How are the handling characteristics?
I'm sure I'll have more questions but this should get it started.
Posted: 6/1/2011 13:44:15
I don't know much about the Lil Breezy, but for your height/weight a Challenger ll would definitely work. Check out Barnstormers.com for used ones. Lots of info at www.challenger.ca
Posted: 6/2/2011 12:34:10
The factory CGS Hawk is a great ship and available ready to fly. A great single seat LSA with fantastic performance. Could have a second seat added. Consider it a poor man's super cub.
Grant Smith CFI
Posted: 6/7/2011 17:17:24
Well some good deals popped up on Challenger IIs today on Barnstormers.
Can you change the wings on them? If I buy one with the long wings, are they easily changeable to the short ones? Are there plans for the short ones? The one I would be looking at has the 582, how are they? What is the cost to rebuild one? How would a Challenger be for XC trips? Are they comfortable enough to actually go somewhere in them?
Posted: 6/7/2011 21:04:29
There is a lot of good info on the FlyChallenger yahoo site. People have changed from long (31 ft) to clipped (26 ft), but they are not easily interchangeable. The strut mountings at the fuselage are at a different angle. I bought a used Challenger ll long wing with sailcloth covering. Am converting it with a kit from the factory consisting of ribs, Stits fabric and different wingtips that shorten the wings without changing the strut angles to 28 feet-"semi-clipped". There are a couple of 582 Challengers here in Colorado (5,000+ ft altitude) that are pretty impressive. They have flown from here to Oshkosh at least twice. There are several stories on the challenger.ca site of XC flights as well as some neat videos comparing 503 to 582 floatplanes. Cost can vary a lot, there are many options. The best flying ones are built light.
Posted: 6/8/2011 10:05:53
The CGS Hawk is a good alternative to the Challenger. Do not neglect to check it out before you buy. The factory Army Hawk has been restored and is for sale. It is a two seat airframe without the second seat for large baggage ability and is a poor man's super cub for performance. It is my favorite airplane in that catagory.
Grant Smith CFI