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Safety Notes


Every aircraft design has it's own issues that become apparent over time. For certified aircraft, the manufacturer and governing authority will issue Airworthiness Directives. For Amateur Built aircraft, where the builder is deemed to be the manufacturer, there are no such requirements. Companies such as Vans and Zlin publish their own Safety Bulletins publicly on their websites, however many of the kitset manufacturers may choose not to.

The website is the official list of Bearhawk safety notices. It contains engineering changes and remains the definitive "Official" list of Bearhawk Notices. However there a number of other occurrences that were not reflected in the aforementioned website.


In the absence of such information being publicly available for the benefit of Bearhawk builders, owners, and pilots, I've added a collection of articles below. It is not exhaustive, and not official. But it does contain information that may help future Bearhawk builders and pilots to avoid situations that others learned from the hard way. The outcomes from the issues discussed below have affected a number of aircraft, and in some cases have resulted in aircraft damage or injury to the occupants. Having an awareness of these issues through information sharing should greatly reduce the likelihood of a mishap.

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