October 28, 2005

Bush Plane

One of the advantages of being newsletter editor is the opportunity to visit other chapter members' projects, like Dave Bridgham's shop where he is working a bush plane comparable to the Murphy line of bushplanes... Sort of an affordable version of a Beaver.

From the looks of the welded steel fusalage it will be as strong as an ox! Some of the features include use of spades rather than a conventional aerodynamic counter balance on the elevator to avoid the possibility of getting a jammed up elevator condition from twigs etc. in the rough terrain bush planes inhabit.

The floor tube structure of the fusalage is even trussed so this brute can handle some real loads... Dressed bull moose? Anyhow, Dave has a beutiful shop this looks to be a very interesting project to follow for the newsletter.