Eric Newton's Patrol Construction Site

Eric Newton's Patrol Construction Site 



These builder manuals can be used for  the 4-place, or the Patrol, or the LSA

Click the link below to purchase a tailwheel for your project:

Bearhawk and Patrol Tailwheels


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


Last Updated 06/03/16

Construction Section:

Start here if you are new to aircraft building:

Flying Section:

Engineering Changes and Notices

Material Suppliers

Patrol Articles &
Flight Pireps:

EAA Sport Aviation 2003

Jim Clevenger Pirep

Greg King Pirep

Eric gets to Fly the Patrol

Hi-Res air-to-air pictures of Do and Hatcher's Patrol

EAA Experimenter Article on the LSA

Other Stuff:

Bearhawk LSA

Bearhawk Tailwheels LLC

R & B Aircraft

Builder Time Log

Kit Arrives

Bearhawk Hotel

Patrol Specs

Cargo Door Option

Bearhawk Shirts and Hats 4-sale

Patrol FAQs

Known Flying Patrols

Hardware List

My Spiel on Priming

Installing Platenuts

Mil Spec for rivets

Other Builders

Builder's Manuals

Steve's Patrol Wheelpants

The Prototype Patrol

This is my 4th homebuilt aircraft project. The first one to be finished was a Van's RV-6A that was completed in 18 months during 2000 and 2001. Click here to see my RV-6A  Next was my 4-place Bearhawk, which was scratch built and was constructed over a 4 1/2 year period. Click here to see my Bearhawk website.

The RV was 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 the 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.

With the Bearhawk completed and flying, I really missed having a project.  The Bearhawk was so well done, that I decided to stick with the designer Bob Barrow's for my next project.  Bob designed a 2 place, tandem seated aircraft called the Bearhawk Patrol.  This a just-for-fun airplane that resembles a Super Cub but with better performance.

This web site will serve as my builder's log as I build the Patrol. This time it won't be a scratch built. I have decided to go with a quickbuild kit sold by Avipro aircraft.  As I build the Patrol, I will thoroughly document the process here in great detail and with lots of photos. This Patrol will be built mostly in my garage and I'm hoping to finish it in about 1 year.

I view building any homebuilt aircraft as an adventure of discovery and excitement. So come along and join me for this adventure.

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

R & B Aircraft
Bob Barrows

2079 Breckinridge Rd.
Fincastle, VA 24090

Click here to purchase the plans online

Just recently, Bob Barrows finished up his LSA Bearhawk. I recently got to fly Bob's Bearhawk LSA and it was a blast to fly (Click here for my Pirep on the LSA). He is now selling the plans for the new Bearhawk LSA and Avipro is selling the kits. 

 Click here to see the Patrol Website

Avipro sells the Patrol and 4-place 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 hang out with our group of Bearhawk Patrol Builders by joining our Forum here:

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