Featured Bush Planes

Profiles of best-of-breed backcountry aircraft

By John Nielsen / April 05, 2016 12:00 am

A better than new Cessna 170

Of all the classic airplanes we wish were still newly manufactured, the Cessna 170B would be near the top of the list. John Nielsen turned wishing into reality when he rebuilt his 1955 model from the ground-up into an aircraft that is truly better than new.
By Zane Jacobson / October 06, 2015 12:00 am

The Prototype

It's been more than a year since the last update on the innovative prototype DoubleEnder. Ride along in the cockpit with designer Alec Wild as we're treated to a demo ride in this forward-thinking twin-engine bush plane.
By Taj Shoemaker / November 04, 2014 12:00 am

A Working Skywagon

Given the legend status of the Cessna 180, there's no shortage of good specimens to write about. In this case, it's the working Skywagon owned and operated by Taj Shoemaker of North River Air, based in Kodiak, Alaska.
By Zane Jacobson / June 30, 2014 12:00 am

The Beast

As an icon of STOL performance in the Experimental/Amateur-built world, the Zenith CH series have few rivals, but coupled with a NASCAR technology Ford V8, this particular CH801 truly becomes a beast of a flying machine.
By Zane Jacobson / April 26, 2014 12:00 am

Rejuvenation

In the spirit of Springtime, here are four accounts of loving owners who took their Cessnas from long-in-the-tooth and outdated to refreshed and modernized; at least in some regard, rejuvenated.
The Piper PA-18 has long been the standard for light STOL performance, but the new age of lightweight 180hp Cubs like the CubCrafters Carbon Cub are escalating performance expectations. Patrick Romano wanted to find out how much performance could be squeezed out of a stock 150hp Super Cub without dropping…
By Zane Jacobson / June 09, 2013 01:47 pm

Bearhawk 250

Many pilots, especially those looking for a capable Experimental Amateur-built 4-seat taildragger worthy of flying the backcountry, turn to the Bearhawk design. BCP member Mike Creek has built and flies a beautiful example.
By Zane Jacobson / February 05, 2013 02:53 pm

Cessna 180 Skywagon

With a new super-sized engine, a composite prop, bushwheels, and a wing cuff kit, Kevin Quinn takes his Skywagon into places that most Super Cubs would think twice about-- usually above 7,000 MSL. View the host of modifications that make this plane a standout.
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