For the third year in a row, Bearhawk pilot Jonathan Battson won the annual Healthy Bastards Bush Pilot Champs STOL (Short Take Off and Landing) competition. The event is held in Blenheim, New Zealand, home to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre — a “living” museum commemorating the two World Wars. The main objective in the STOL component of the competition is to get airborne in the shortest distance, and then touch down safely bringing the aircraft to a stop also in the shortest distance. Battson took top spot in the Heavy Touring Category (>2,550 lb) in his Bearhawk 4-Place aircraft. As has become customary for Battson in the Bearhawk, his winning score was by a wide margin. Battson completed the trifecta of wins in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Whether flying for sport and recreation, to make the best use of one’s time, or out of basic necessity, there is no equal to the Bearhawk. A triphibious Bearhawk with its array of landing options, carrying capacity and superior strength is prepared, all around, to ensure each challenge is met with reliability and strength. The combination of wheel, ski and float options on the Bearhawk, along with three successive competition victories, exemplify trifectas of achievement—that involving three successful outcomes.
Bearhawk aircraft are available in kit or plan form. Models range from 2-, 4- and 6-Place configurations. All Bearhawk aircraft excel at accessing remote airstrips and are renown for their rugged construction and carrying capacity. Avipro/ Bearhawk Aircraft manufactures high quality Quick Build kits for the Bearhawk 4-Place Model B, Bearhawk Patrol, Bearhawk Companion, and Bearhawk LSA, and Bearhawk Model 5.
SULPHUR SPRINGS, TEXAS, JUNE 23, 2021 – American Legend Aircraft Company announced today successive deliveries of MOAC, LSA, and Legend Cub Kit aircraft, and a restored Super Cub. A recent visit to a National STOL Series event saw Legend Cubs take the top four positions in a single category.
The Texas-based manufacturer has been in operation since 2005, earning its reputation as the preeminent builder of the classic high-wing, tandem seater. The array of offerings at Legend today highlights the best practices of Cub construction. According to Darin Hart, company president, “Sales have boomed since September 2020.” Here’s a sampling of what has been produced.
MOAC / Super Legend XP
MOAC, the Mother Of All Cubs and a Legend original, is an experimental certified Legend Cub with a gross weight of 2,000 lb plus the ability to accommodate three persons. Recent MOAC builder/customers include Brian Steck of Mineola, Texas. Steck flies often for business in a pressurized Piper turbine, but for fun he chose MOAC. Its seats tell the story with “Scooter” embroidered on the front position and “Along for the Ride” at the aft place. Steck spent hours at American Legend Aircraft Company hands-on in the construction of his customized MOAC. It first flew in March 2020.
Greg Kirk of Livingston, Texas, was doing some training during the Steck build. In July his Super Legend XP, duly scribed on the cowl, along with MOAC on its wingtip, departed KSLR with an electronic triggered Continental IOX-370 195-hp fuel injected engine.
Also in the recent release lineup of Super Legend customers was repeat owner Greg Rodriguez of Franklin, Louisiana. Rodriquez’ new AL18, with its carbureted Continental OX-370 engine, was coincidentally inspector Mel Asberry’s 1,000th aircraft certification occurring in December 2020. Rodriguez previously flew an AL3 on floats. His flying companion in Louisiana took delivery of a new Legend FloatCub, on PK straight floats, in April 2021.
A Sun ’n Fun 2021 delivery, Mike Lemons of Conway, Arkansas received “The Punisher,” his black/orange/silver tricked out MOAC. It’s tempered by a screaming fuel-injected Titan IOX-370 engine beneath the searing circle/star/skull emblem on its cowl.
Bill Wirth of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, took delivery of his dream Super Legend with its go-fast checkered rudder in May 2021. Wirth first inquired about doing a demo flight at Oshkosh in 2018. His brand new Legend features slats, Shock Monster struts, tundra tires, and a Titan OX-340 engine.
Legend Cub S-LSA
The S-LSA Legend Cub is ASTM certified at 1,320-lb gross weight. It’s the paradigm of the popular Legend fleet and has been in production since 2005. The aforementioned Legend FloatCub is also an ASTM certified S-LSA with a 1,430-lb gross weight allowance.
With pre-owned Legend Cubs in high demand these days, the factory has three of its AL3 versions scheduled for delivery this year, one of which is headed to Australia shortly. In addition, the first-built Tweety is back, having been completely restored with a few updates.
Legend Cub Kit
While MOAC is a builder-assist aircraft produced at the factory to satisfy higher gross weight certification, kit versions of the AL3, AL11 and AL18 models, on the other hand, are shipped for assembly outside the factory.
Kit-built Legend Cubs are completed by their builders then certified under the FAA 51-percent rule for amateur-built aircraft. Construction is straightforward and well-documented. A Legend Cub kit eliminates the need for specialized tools and fixtures. Each airframe is fully welded and sealed from corrosion, and the all-aluminum wings are fully riveted at the factory. Assembly is all that’s required of the nuts, bolts, cables, pulleys, fuel lines, fittings, etc.
Every Cub has a story. What makes this one remarkable are its two new owner/caretakers who operate other aircraft for a multitude of reasons, yet fly this one solely for the fun of it. Celebrating this Super Cub restoration only begins with its paint scheme. Extra equipment on board reveals a covetous pick list of STCs and so-called Alaska mods: Power-saving and brighter LED lighting; Shock absorbing polymer suspension by AOSS with safety cables and giant tundra tires; Dual cargo doors for stowage both behind the rear seat and in the turtle deck; An advanced panel just in case your eyes wander inside the windscreen.
Lastly, and firstly, at the national SwampSTOL competition held in Louisiana recently, Legend Cubs took first, second, third and fourth places in the Bush Experimental Class while a fifth Legend pilot also placed third in the Light Sport Class. For details visit nationalstol.com.
The Legend Refined
American Legend Aircraft Company continues to be one of the most successful manufacturers of personal aircraft, and is renown for its exceptional product support. The Legend Cub is sensibly modern, a joy to fly, and built-to-last.