Eric Newton's
"Miss'ippi Mudbug" Bearhawk Site



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This website is continually updated. Check below for the most recent updates to this website.

Last Updated 06/11/18

Eric Newton flys The Bearhawk LSA

How to Build a Bearhawk Slide Show:

Click the picture above for a slide show
of how to build a Bearhawk

Construction Section:

Start here if you are new to aircraft building:

Flying Section:

Engineering Changes/Reports

LSA Engineering

Material Suppliers

Bearhawk Flight Pireps:

180 Bearhawk

260 Bearhawk

Pat Fagan's Bearhawk

Hi-Res pic of Pat's Bearhawk

Same as above but 800 x 600 pixels

Northern Pilot

Take-off video. If anyone doubts the performance of a Bearhawk with an O-360 engine, here is a takeoff with 3 adults and
full fuel on-board.

Click here to see the video hi speed connection

Click here for low speed connections

Other Stuff:

Bearhawk Shirts and Hats 4-sale

R & B Aircraft

Bearhawk Hotel

How to bend your Spars

Bearhawk on Floats

YouTube Videos of N57EN

Hi-Res Wallpaper Images of N57EN

Really Cool Bearhawk Weight & Balance Program

Where are Bearhawk Builders?

Bearhawk FAQ's

My Spiel on Priming

Estimated Materials for Wings

Estimated Materials for Fuselage Steel

Mistakes I Made

Installing Platenuts

Mil Spec for rivets

Build Time Log

Download the POH for N57EN

Bearhawk Specs

Other Builders

Annual Condition Inspection

Builder's Manuals

My Patrol Construction Site

Donations Gratefully Accepted

The Miss'ippi Mudbug Bearhawk N57EN

This is my 3rd homebuilt aircraft project. The most recent was a Van's RV-6A that was completed in 18 months during 2000 and 2001. Click here to see my RV-6A

The RV is a nice fast airplane (about 158 knots) but the load carrying capabilities were limited with me weighing in at 240 lbs. I also got tired of looking at the top of the wing all of the time. I sold the plane the following year and built this Bearhawk, finishing it in May of 2008.

My dream is to explore the USA one 3 day weekend at a time, carrying baggage, camping gear and occasionally giving a 3rd or 4th person a ride. All of this can be done in the Bearhawk.

The Bearhawk is a 4 place, high wing plane with excellent utility and visibility. The cockpit is actually a little bigger than a Cessna 172, so there's lots of room. It is slower than the RV but will still get there at around 140 MPH and the view of the terrain is a lot better. I kind of feel like the RV was a sportscar and the Bearhawk is an SUV.

This web site shows some of the basics of how I built a Bearhawk aircraft, mostly in my garage, over a 4 1/2 year period.. If you are contemplating building your own, I have created a complete 3-volume set of detailed Bearhawk Builder's Manuals to walk you through the whole process. With a set of the plans, some basic hand tools and these manuals, you can build yourself a Bearhawk.

I view building a homebuilt aircraft as an adventure of discovery and excitement. Now that the bearhawk is done, I will be outlining my flying adventures and cool trips taken in this wonderful aircraft. So come along and join me for this adventure.

Here is a brief slide show on how I built this Bearhawk Airplane:

Click the picture above for a slide show of how to build a Bearhawk

If you are interested in starting your own Bearhawk airplane project you can purchase the plans from:

R & B Aircraft
Bob Barrows

2079 Breckinridge Rd.
Fincastle, VA 24090
R&B Aircraft website:

Bob also designed a two-place tandem seated version called the Patrol. Now that my Bearhawk is finished and flying, my shop felt too empty so I have decisded to take on a new project. I am building a Bearhawk Patrol. 

Just recently, Bob Barrows finished up his LSA Bearhawk. .I got to fly it and it was a blas (click here for my Pirep on th LSA).  He is now selling the plans for the new Bearhawk LSA. 

Get the Bearhawk Builder's Manuals here. (note: The Bearhawk Builder's Manuals are also beneficial for Patrol and LSA builders, as the plans and construction techniques are very similar.)

Avipro sells the Bearhawk kits. Go to their website by clicking on the airplane below to go to the official Avipro Bearhawk Aircraft web page.

Click on airplane above to go to the official Avipro Bearhawk Site


Questions?  Come join our group of Bearhawk Builders and Flyers here:

Email me with questions