Featured Bush Planes

Profiles of best-of-breed backcountry aircraft

By Zane Jacobson / 06 October 2015

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 / 04 November 2014

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 / 30 June 2014

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 / 26 April 2014


In the spirit of Springtime, here are four accounts of loving owners who took their Cessnas from long-in-the-tooth and outdated to refreshed and modernized; at least in some regard, rejuvenated.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 / 09 June 2013

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 / 05 February 2013

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.
CubCrafters - Every gram has a purpose

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