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No-compromises SuperStol bush plane sells well [Just Aircraft scrambling to fill orders]
AOPA ^ | 30 July, 2013 | Dave Hirschman

Posted on 07/30/2013 6:03:44 PM PDT by Errant

Just Aircraft Founder Gary Schmitt wasn’t sure anyone else would be interested in the no-compromises bush airplane that he wanted to own and fly.

But in the year since the South Carolina firm introduced its SuperStol, the company has shipped 38 kits, added staff, and is backlogged until April of next year.

“It turns out there are quite a few people who want to do the same kind of backcountry flying that I like to do,” Schmitt said. “It’s come as sort of a surprise to us.”

The two-seat SuperStol has leading-edge slats that deploy automatically at high angles of attack and enable the two-seat, side-by-side, tube-and-fabric aircraft to make extremely short takeoffs and landings. Shock absorbers on the main landing gear and tailwheel allow steep approaches with high descent rates and virtually no flare without damaging the aircraft. (See "Fly the new Just Aircraft SuperStol.")

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Hobbies; Sports
KEYWORDS: aircraft; lsa; planes; stol
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Looks like a bunch of fun to fly!
1 posted on 07/30/2013 6:03:44 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2-HRDsVk5Y


2 posted on 07/30/2013 6:06:09 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Errant

In terms of design, it kinda reminds me of a stripped down Pilatus turbo porter.


3 posted on 07/30/2013 6:08:25 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Errant

With those tires, you could land just about anywhere.


4 posted on 07/30/2013 6:09:37 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Yep, gear wise. In one of the videos, one of the co-developers talks about its roots being Kitfox, IIRC.


5 posted on 07/30/2013 6:10:49 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Paladin2

Amazing what current generation STOL aircraft can do.


6 posted on 07/30/2013 6:11:51 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant

But then, His Arrogance will probably state “you didn’t build that”!


7 posted on 07/30/2013 6:14:57 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (The only growth industries left under Progressives are government and poverty.)
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To: Errant

I keep dreaming.


8 posted on 07/30/2013 6:16:00 PM PDT by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: Errant

I like it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uOgMFM-Muo&feature=youtube_gdata_player


9 posted on 07/30/2013 6:17:39 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (If global warming exists I hope it is strong enough to reverse the Big Government snowball)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

Yep, and don’t get it within 30 miles of his private 747 with several armed F-16s flying cover.


10 posted on 07/30/2013 6:20:17 PM PDT by Errant
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To: First_Salute

It ALL starts with a dream! ;)


11 posted on 07/30/2013 6:20:45 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant

I agree with you that it looks like it would be a helluva lot of fun to fly. It just seems to say, “Toss a backpack in here and let’s go!”


12 posted on 07/30/2013 6:20:47 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Errant

That could just about replace a helicopter.


13 posted on 07/30/2013 6:21:04 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Errant

I know someone who bird-dogged and did the 1st story on it and has a standing invite to visit and maybe snag a ride. Got to see it out of the corner of my eye last yr @ OSH. It is sick! LOL !!


14 posted on 07/30/2013 6:21:46 PM PDT by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks.....th)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Me too! It has really good numbers. He must think it’s a helicopter since he’s flying right seat all the time, or something about the way the controls are setup.


15 posted on 07/30/2013 6:22:56 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Army Air Corps
For sure! :) Looks like a much bigger airplane sitting up high on that extended gear.

He also mentioned that they had enlarged the stabilizer and elevators for more control with reduced power on landing.

16 posted on 07/30/2013 6:24:53 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Moonman62

And a whole lot of less moving parts that a helicopter!


17 posted on 07/30/2013 6:25:41 PM PDT by Errant
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To: RetiredTexasVet

“It can’t exist without the prairy fields government built for takeoffs and la... wait. what?”


18 posted on 07/30/2013 6:26:54 PM PDT by Eddie01 (Liberals lie about everything all the time.)
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To: taildragger

Osh is one of the items in my bucket list. ;)


19 posted on 07/30/2013 6:27:12 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Paladin2

Wow, amazing! Price is pretty amazing too.


20 posted on 07/30/2013 6:27:18 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Errant
For those of you who know what a BearHawk is...

4 Place Stol Simple...

I'd like to Propose the "The FrankenHawk"

The Highlander Folks ought to get together With Bearhawk's Bill Barrows and graft their Landing Gear Technology and Ribblet-Airfoil-Wing with Slats and Flaps on the BearHawk.

Oh My what a Monster it would be with a souped up IO-540...

21 posted on 07/30/2013 6:28:39 PM PDT by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks.....th)
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To: LibWhacker

Not a bad price for the kit. Not sure what the Rotax engine would cost. I’m guessing around 10K? Those 29” tires are expensive as heck. Don’t know if they’re included in the kit?


22 posted on 07/30/2013 6:29:19 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant

The Rotax engines are between 23k and 39k depending how much HP you want.


23 posted on 07/30/2013 6:31:46 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Errant

I have my wife, 5 kids and the dog. Can I get one for 8?


24 posted on 07/30/2013 6:32:54 PM PDT by foundedonpurpose (It's time for a fundamental restoration, of our country's principles!)
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To: Errant

Neat little plane. Would this be considered an “ultralight” type aircraft, or would it be classified as a conventional/standard type? (I don’t know a whole lot about these things, so apologies if I just asked a really dumb question).


25 posted on 07/30/2013 6:35:58 PM PDT by DemforBush (Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia!)
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To: foundedonpurpose
It's called the Sherpa, got 600 to 800k handy?


26 posted on 07/30/2013 6:37:21 PM PDT by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks.....th)
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To: taildragger
I like 'em (Bearhawks). I'm also fond of the wag-aero 2+2 Piper PA-14 replica.


27 posted on 07/30/2013 6:38:02 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Moonman62

You can get a rebuilt Lycoming for that!


28 posted on 07/30/2013 6:38:43 PM PDT by Errant
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To: DemforBush

Not a dumb question. Would make a lot of difference in licensing.


29 posted on 07/30/2013 6:39:24 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (If global warming exists I hope it is strong enough to reverse the Big Government snowball)
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To: Errant

You have good taste sir, they are a Favorite I hear in Alaska, replica and the real deal. The Bearhawk is easy to get in an out of, that is the 1st thing that struck me.


30 posted on 07/30/2013 6:39:54 PM PDT by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks.....th)
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To: taildragger

Yep! LOL, that’s the one I was going to recommend to him as well... ;)


31 posted on 07/30/2013 6:39:56 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Moonman62; Errant

Oh, didn’t realize the engines were extra (and maybe the tires too). Still, I’m impressed as can be. It’s going to be interesting to see how it does when they start turning up in Alaska. Also, wonder if they have any plans for a four-seater?


32 posted on 07/30/2013 6:40:13 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: taildragger

So do you, I must say!


33 posted on 07/30/2013 6:40:41 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Paladin2

thats an ubelievable vid. i cant believ that hting takes off and lands in like nothing.

i have landed in a piper on a stream bed in alaska and it was a lot scacier than that.


34 posted on 07/30/2013 6:41:09 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: SkyDancer

Have you heard of this?


35 posted on 07/30/2013 6:41:32 PM PDT by wastedyears (One nation, under wub. Saints Row IV)
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To: Paladin2
oh hell yes...
36 posted on 07/30/2013 6:42:09 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: DemforBush

It would be Certificated in the Experimental Category. I don’t think it is light enough to fall under the Light Sport Aircraft rules which is < 1320 lbs...


37 posted on 07/30/2013 6:42:25 PM PDT by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: taildragger
Bearhawk is a great performer. The PA-14/Sportsman has a number of mods that really improve performance, plus lots of aftermarket bolt add-ons like floats, skis, and etc.

Last I saw, the Bearhawk still doesn't have a float option?

38 posted on 07/30/2013 6:43:27 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant

Errant, They have been put on floats, I am not sure if it is supported by Bud Daviddson and his team that do the kits.


39 posted on 07/30/2013 6:44:32 PM PDT by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: taildragger

I’m sure someone has since I’ve last looked into owning a Bearhawk. Too good of a design not too, even if the original fuselage design requires a little beefing.


40 posted on 07/30/2013 6:46:35 PM PDT by Errant
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To: taildragger; All
They've made awesome improvements to the old workhorse supercub as well.

http://www.supercub.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=HVimgxRVM08

41 posted on 07/30/2013 6:50:33 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant

Pretty neat!

Thanks for posting!!

PS: I could use the shock absorbers occasionally :)


42 posted on 07/30/2013 6:52:19 PM PDT by WomBom ("I read Free Republic for the pictures")
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To: wastedyears

No but thanks for sharing. Looks like a fun plane though.


43 posted on 07/30/2013 6:55:46 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Paladin2

Damn! I want one. That’s almost a helicopter!


44 posted on 07/30/2013 7:18:08 PM PDT by cll (Serviam!)
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To: Errant

Sounds like a modern version of the Fieseler Storch.


45 posted on 07/30/2013 7:32:25 PM PDT by MCF
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To: DemforBush
The two categories it will fit in are experimental and light sport. The advantage of experimental is a relief of some regulations for maintenance over other civil aircraft. Compared to the light sport, experimental allows more useable weight. The downside to experimental would be more training required for a private license, if you don't already possess one.

The advantage of light sport is mostly with regard to pilot qualifications. Less training to get a sport license. If you are older and worried about your medical you can use your driver's license as proof of medical qualification. I have a friend who had some significant heart surgery so he let his FAA medical lapse. He keeps talking about getting a light sport because he won't need a medical.

Regardless, the concept of operating off short unimproved strips and flying taildraggers should not be taken lightly. Even if you wanted to operate in the sport class it would be smart to get some high end training focussing on STOVL operations. I do have an affinity for aerodynamic slats. I flew TA-4s in flight training and thought they were pretty awesome.

46 posted on 07/30/2013 7:59:03 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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And a whole lot of less moving parts that a helicopter!

Helicopter - "An assembly of aeronautical spare parts flying together in loose formation."

47 posted on 07/30/2013 8:26:58 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: Errant

Looks like we both missed it again, this year...

Been to Sun-N-Fun several times, though.

Privileged to have spent 45 minutes one-on-one with Burt Rutan back in 1976, Dean Wilson for an hour and a half in 1998 and about a half an hour with Jay Carter back in the late 90’s, picking his brain on rotor performance issues.

I was then and am still amazed that these world renowned aeronautical geniuses would take that much time to talk with and mentor a nobody who also loves the “out of the box” aspects of aviation design.

Great memories!

Back to the subject at hand, Gary Schmidt brought a Highlander and an Escapade to our local Jackson County fly-in not long after they moved operations to Walhalla.

It is good to see that they are still around and doing so well.


48 posted on 07/30/2013 8:45:54 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: Errant

I used to lease an abandoned B-52 air base for testing automobiles, and so I was familiar with the dimensions. This airplane would only use up half the runway if taking off SIDEWAYS on it.


49 posted on 07/31/2013 3:50:53 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: BwanaNdege
Airshows are excellent events to meet and view some of the best humanity has ever produced. Looking at your bio proves that. ;) I'm going to try and make it next year. You better do the same. Who knows how much longer something like that can be held under the reign of Obama.

I had an opportunity to consult with one of Rutan's former engineers about a personal project I was engaged with. Seems he had left under less than amicable circumstances, but confirmed my belief that Rutan is committed to advancing aeronautical knowledge. I'm sure that must have been some interesting discussion you had with him!

50 posted on 07/31/2013 4:43:43 AM PDT by Errant
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