See what's new on Version 5
See what's new on Version 4
See what's new on Version 3
See what's new on Version 2
Everything on the CD is in either HTML or PDF format. If you can view web sites, you can view this CD.
If it doesn't work, tell me and I'll send your money back.
Version 1 was about 70 MB of stuff. Version 2 weighs in at 120 MB. All for the same low price.
We've added Budd Davisson's second report on the Bearhawk, this time of the 260 HP Proto II, courtesy of http://www.airbum.com.
More prototype pictures of Proto II. Includes the Utility Door System (UDS), differences in door hinges, and Bob's homebuilt tailwheel.
Construction Photos: More from my project, including the assembly of the first wing up through the point where it was moved out of the workshop. Also all of Bill Johnson's excellent photos of his fuselage and tail construction.
Tool Reference: More neat stuff, including bender for the fuel bay hat sections, bench top rivet cutter, and installing Rivnuts.
Bear-Tracks: Now includes January 2000, April 2000, July 2000, and October 2000.
Also included are the archives of the e-mail traffic on the Bearhawk e-mail list. We've been a verbose group this year. In 2000 alone we've communicated about as much as we did from 1996-1999, so this section has approximately doubled in size.
Versions 2.01 through 2.03 made small additions of stuff also available on this site or the Bearhawk group site on Yahoo. Version 2.04 fixes the OS specific problem in AC43-13 and adds the January 2001 Bear-Tracks.
Version 1 was about 70 MB of stuff. Version 2 weighed in at 120 MB. Now Version 3 is just over 200 MB. All for the same low price.
Construction Photos: Previously my construction photos stopped when the first wing was complete. Now they cover tail construction, fuselage construction through and past finish welding, and front seat installation. You'll want the cool tips on how to bend all of those weird angles in the fuselage, cuz as budd davisson sez "tain't nuttin' straight in a Bearhawk!" Also Erbman's worm drive trim system and some preliminary stuff on fabric covering.
Bearhawk Color Schemes: So far it only contains details on my color scheme, but there's room for others as they come in.
Bear-Tracks: Now includes up through June 2002.
Bearhawkers! I've been collecting pictures of y'all and putting them here. Find out that, just like radio DJs, Bearhawkers look totally different than you pictured them based on their e-mails.
And of course, there are the updated archives of the e-mail traffic on the Bearhawk e-mail list. It's complete up through about mid-September 2002.
Version 4 is now 430 MB of stuff. Yes, I raised the price slightly because you're getting so much more stuff now and because so many satisfied buyers kept telling me that I was selling them way too cheap.
So what's new?
More magazine articles about the Bearhawk. Also a short video of the Bearhawk flying at AirVenture 2005.
Bearhawk Plans and Kit Information: Where to buy plans. All about AviPro and how to buy a kit (if desired). Bearhawk pieces parts vendors. How to get Builder's Manuals if you're not used to reading blueprints.
Greatly expanded Construction Photos: Since Version 3, I've fitted out the fuselage, put it on the landing gear, attached the wings, hung the engine, and built the cowling, complete with the first Bearhawk cowl flap. All of this has been added.
Bearhawk Sightings: Photos of Bearhawks at Fincastle and fly-ins around the world. Also check out the Bearhawk Pot Rack.
More Bearhawkers! Photos of more of your best friends you've never met.
Tool Reference: Now contains making your own extension drill bit and how to install BNC connectors.
Hawk Talk added to the Bear-Tracks archives.
Reference Material: Now includes Lycoming Engine Designation tables, Hartzell Aluminum Hub Propeller Model Identification, and info on Camlocs.
What Version 4 does not include: The archives of the Bearhawk e-mail list are unchanged from Version 3. Adding three very active years worth of stuff would have added several months to the release date. Chances are you've seen that stuff already, and it is available from other sources. Someday we'll catch up on that.
Once again, Version 5 contains everything that was on Version 4. You don't need to have Version 4 to enjoy Version 5. This is a complete replacement, not an addition.
So what's been added? Great question! To wit:
Covering and painting the fuselage and tail - not a trivial task
All the little details of installing all those accessories in the engine compartment, including installing a dual Lightspeed Engineering ignition system, custom exhaust with mufflers, and engine instrumentation. Loading up the firewall with accessories and thermal and acoustical insulation.
Loading up the instrument panel with enough stuff to make Bob Barrows pass out. Clues as to how to make a very complex avionics installation go easily and smoothly (other than paying someone else to do it).
Increasing your empty weight by running miles of wiring here, there, and everywhere in an organized and serviceable fashion.
Autopilot servo installation.
Moving the Fuselage to the airport, with a little visit from California's finest...
Erbman's sample Pilot Operating Handbook (about as complete as it can be without flight testing).
Tips on building a Paint Booth and Painting by someone who hates to do it but seems to be getting excellent results.
How to build a rotisserie for your fuselage, wings, and miscellaneous parts.
Fabricating hoses and firesleeves.
Georg Himmeröder's Bearhawk Video from Oshkosh 2005. Not exactly a feature film, but it shows you some exciting takeoffs and landings complete with impressive sounds. Just right for those hooked on YouTube, without the long download times.
More Bearhawk Sightings and Bearhawkers.
No, we still haven't added to the archives from the e-mail list. That's a project for after "Three Sigma" is flying.
Here's what the contents page looks like. (Note: None of the links on the contents page shown here will work--it's just a demo)
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Simply send to me by snail mail the following items:
1) A check or money order for $30 US made out to "Russ Erb". (Bearhawkers outside the U.S. please see below)
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(Bearhawkers outside the U.S.: Preferred payment is an "International Money Order" or a check drawn on a U.S. bank. Secondary choices from Canada are Canadian Postal Money Orders or a "US Dollar World Money Order" from the Royal Bank of Canada (I found a place that will cash these, but it isn't as convenient))
Russ has done it again with his CD reference. It is packed with every imaginable thing you could want as far as Bearhawk information, as well as a superb compilation of photos of various components and assemblies, all in a very easy to access format. Even I was able to find my way around. I would highly recommend it to everyone. I don't know how he manages to get any work done on his plane when he puts in this kind of effort on other projects.
Pat Fagan #232 Pearblossom CA
I have just finished reviewing the "beta" version of Russ Erb's Bearhawk Reference CD and offer the following comments:
1) Russ is STARK RAVING CRAZY. Anybody who would put this much effort into a CD for other Bearhawk builders should probably be locked up somewhere. Specifically, in his workshop, to channel his energy into a more appropriate direction.
2) This mental illness has resulted in an outstanding resource for the rest of us. Anybody who calls him or herself a Bearhawk builder should have the CD. There is a HUGE amount of information on it which I do not have time to even attempt to describe here.
3) His timing could hardly have been worse. I am now energized to head into the shop to transform raw metal into Bearhawk parts, and I have to get on a plane to Ketchikan in the morning. What a rotten thing to do to a fellow homebuilder.
Del Rawlins-- #316 Cordova, AK
Just got my copy of Erbman’s Bearhawk CD version 4.0. First thing I did was put it to the test. My latest mental block has been the construction of the Landing Gear Shock Strut. I haven’t been able to satisfy my need for more detail – until now! Russ detailed it to the point that the mental block I have had is now clear. That alone made the purchase of the latest version well worth it!
Although I have not had time yet to explore it completely – I can tell that this is not just a new version with a little more info added. It is clearly a lot more information and added features. I highly recommend it to anyone building or considering building a Bearhawk – even if you have an earlier CD version. This is a "must have" - you won't be disapointed.
Thanks Russ – your assistance is greatly appreciated. I’m looking forward to exploring more of this latest version of the Bearhawk CD.
I just got the new CD today and Russ is KrAy-ZEE for selling these things for a paltry thirty bucks. If the money scares you, just don't buy that next case of barley-pop, you will have enough for the CD. Or, skip just a half rack and three packs of smokes and you'll have enough. Or, better yet, stop smoking (MUCH better for you) and buy a CD and eventually have enough for a set of plans, etc, etc.
For those that don't smoke and/or drink, look in the couch for change, skip eight lattes, skip your next contribution to the DNC (RNC excluded :)), sell your organs, do WHATEVER is necessary...you won't regret it!
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Revised -- 25 August 2008