Cherokee Paint Job Week 1

Prepping for paint on Piper Cherokee.
HAWK's Cherokee being prepped for paint.
HAWK’s Cherokee being prepped for paint.

Early in the week prep work began on Hawks Piper Cherokee. West Star Aviation stripped the aircraft of its original paint and disassembled it for painting. Later in the week all of the composite pieces for the aircraft were primed and made ready for painting.

West Star Aviation's paint hanger can service aircraft up to a 100 foot wing span.
West Star Aviation’s paint hanger can service aircraft up to a 100 foot wing span.

On Saturday Braden and Jaden went to West Star Aviation and helped them strip what was left painted on the airplane.

Apr. 29, HAWK Work Session

The Cherokee before its flight to West Star Aviation
The Cherokee before its flight to West Star Aviation.
HAWK met today.

After completing cosmetic work on the Cherokie last week, Sterling and Jerry flew it to West Star Avation where it will be stripped and repainted.

Ryan and Trysten built toolboxes.

Braden authoring his first WordPress post
Braden authoring his first WordPress post

Braden learned how to be a web author using WordPress.

HAWK Ramblings feb-march 2017

HAWK Update for February and March:

 

HAWK continues to grow. And there is lots going on! Three new kids, Delaney, William, and Julian, have visited recently and are considering joining HAWK.  All in the 13-15 year old range.

 

HAWK’s website is now set up to receive donations through Pay Pal. Just go to the “Donate” tab, and then on that page scroll down to the “Donate” button.  With all the things HAWK has happening and 3 hangers to pay for any donation is appreciated. REMEMBER THE KIDS! Without outside financial help the programs could not exist. Any donations are good for a tax write off as HAWK is a 501C3 educational non profit.

 

Michelle Hobbs  passed her 1st FAA teaching test ( with a really good score) on the way to obtaining her Certified Ground Instructor certificate. She plans to get her Lighter than air With airborne heater balloon rating and eventually wants to be HAWK’s balloon instructor.

 

N9606W  Michelle’s son Braden has been busy with Dave B , Jay Sheveel and several of HAWK’s youth getting the Cherokee N9606W ready for paint. The cracked wing skin is changed, the fiberglass parts repaired (The kids are tired of sanding) and the new bottom cowl is about finished and waiting for the PowerFlow exhaust. (For every exhaust sold and installed at the MACK airport  Powerflow has agreed to donate $100.00 to HAWK- 3 so far). The new exhaust ($2,900.00 donation from Dr. Don Coleman) is on the way. Once HAWK receives it the bottom cowl can be modified and installed and then the airplane moved to WESTSTAR for the strip and paint.  Jay has been really good working with the kids on the fiberglass parts. HAWK really appreciates Jay taking time away from his Quickie Q2  build ( its close to finished)  to work with the kids.  Annie Brogan with Micro AeroDynamics Donated a full set of Micro VG’s to the Cherokee project. Once the airplane is primed they will be installed. The Cherokee restore is not happening fast enough for Braden- he wants to start building time toward his Private.  N9606W is going to be one nice Cherokee!

 

N173BG is HAWK’s newest addition. It is a Velocity 173FG donated by Stephen Stypinski and his wife Jamie. Stephen is a flight instructor in Yucca Valley, CA. and had an unfortunate off field landing in the Velocity when he lost oil pressure and the engine froze. Stephen does not have the time to repair the airplane so he donated it to HAWK. He kept the remains of the engine, cooling system and engine mount because someday he wants to rebuild the engine and get another Velocity. Thanks Stephen! The airplane has 413 hrs on it. The damage is limited to the belly and main landing gear mounts. Greg Lilly Made the trip to California to retrieve it and is working on the funds to buy it from HAWK and put it back together again. (using HAWK youth) Greg is moving to Trinidad Colorado but likes working with the kids so well he cannot stay away from HAWK. He regularly drives back and forth- now that’s dedication. He was the main reason the wing skin replacement on N9606W got finished quickly. I still cannot believe he could reach the back corner of the skin to buck the rivets. THANKS GREG!

 

N90555 HAWK’s hot air balloon project  just got a major boost! Keith at FIREFLY BALLOONS donated a really nice  4.0 basket and the envelope recoat coating to the project. This was a major donation to the project. The basket has all the updates including Quick refuel attachments and hose, Updated fuel hose’s, tether Harness, burner bag. Envelope Temperature gauge, Drop line, and a glove box. The balloon will be teaching kids to fly this summer! HAWK still needs to find fuel tanks and flight instruments. A full set of tether ropes would be nice to teach the kids to fly it on tether. Everything will come in time! Michelle and her young daughter (Braden’s sister) are going to take on the recoating project. Michelle and her daughter are really excited about the possibility of a balloon rating. Kids can solo it at 14.

N838CP HAWK’s  Zenith 701. The new extended Flaperons are almost finished. Thanks Pat, William, Roweena, Logan and the rest of the kids who helped build the new Flaperons. Pega Daedalus wings are slightly longer than stock 701 wings so the original factory Flaperons do not fit. Also Pega Daedalus designed a 2 inch wider inboard Flaperon. This has been a project because Pega is no longer in business and all the HAWK kids and mentors have to go on to build the new Flaperons are the Pega instructions. Pat W made a jig for the new Flaperons  and is overseeing the kids work. They are very nice. Randy Owen has the Rotax 912 inspected for sudden stoppage and it is OK! Now all we need is an engine mount and it can be installed on N838CP.  The airplane is coming together. Again Thanks Kurt for donating it to the kids.

 

N13245 HAWK’s  172 project  is currently parked, once the Cherokee is back flying the 172 firewall replacement will again commence. The engine is almost off. Thanks Russell Frank for the donation of the airplane, engine and prop.

 

HAWK’s Zenith 601 project. Once the 701 is finished the work will start on the 601. The Continental engine currently installed on the 701 will be moved to the 601. This project is a long way from being finished.

 

N280DH HAWK’s Dakota Hawk. Flies with HAWK kids and EAA chapter 800 young eagles regularly weather permitting. The airplane has worked hard (it is really building hours)  Pat W has had to re-arch the tailwheel springs to keep the tail wheel from Shimmying.  Sterling is getting checked out in it and will be able fly and instruct kids in it. Unfortunately kids cannot solo it due to insurance requirements. Insurance requires 240 tail wheel hrs to fly it solo. The original intent when the airplane was rebuilt was to use it to train tail wheel pilots. The airplane has dual brakes and dual controls but unfortunately cannot secure Dual insurance. Lonnie Prince with PAC sent the donated repaired and re- pitched prop back (it looks new again). It has really improved the performance of N280DH over its loaner prop. Thanks Lonnie!

 

HAWK and EAA Chapter 800 are working together to get the kids to Oshkosh 2017 it’s exciting to see kids at the EAA 800 meetings, HAWK excitement has had a major impact on EAA chapter 800. The HAWK excitement is really helping EAA chapter membership. On the 3rd Saturday of each month HAWK shuts down for the morning and its members attend the EAA chapter 800 meeting. I know it is interest on the kids part  and not the good free lunch( provided by Ken Hurt and his wife) as HAWK provides lunch every Saturday for the kids anyway.

One thing HAWK has accomplished is getting EAA membership involved in flying, even rusty members are again flying. (Me included). Since HAWK has pilots and flying airplanes it is now not a problem to fly EAA 800’s young eagles.

 

Blu Grey (Yep That’s his name) has been bringing his Carbon Cub to Mack on Saturdays, and regularly flies HAWK kids and Mentors. Blu is taking over Ladds Spot at Oshkosh for the Valdez Demo’s so he has been practicing at Mack. Sterling and Shay both got a demo by Blu on how to water ski an airplane onto a gravel bar. Sterling has been around airplanes a long time and is one of  HAWK’s CFII’s. Both Shay and Sterling were blown away with how Blu handles his cub. He wears it.  Watch for him at Oshkosh 2017.

Every weekend at Mack (10CO0 is busy. This is just a brief look (brief?) at what transpires every Saturday in the HAWK hanger.

Greg and the velocity- Greg did an awesome job packing it.

Damage to the belly. not to bad considering!

 

Greg, Sterling, Delaney, Braden, and Julian unloading the velocity

        

 

HAWK’s new Balloon Basket Donated by the Firefly Factory! (firefly Balloons is one of the oldest balloon manufacturers started in the 1960’s). The basket will be used for School demonstrations and other events as it is easy to move and represents aviation not to mention it is beautiful.

On the floor by the basket is a stack of old growth spruce and plywood Donated to HAWK by Sam Vasicko. There is a lot of future airplane parts stacked on the floor. Thanks  SAM!

The 701 N838CP is behind N280DH sporting the re-pitched PAC prop.

Blu and his Carbon Cub doing his typical off airport Landing – watch for him at Oshkosh!

Braden Finishing the Wing Skin replacement with Dave B watching in the background!

Braden, Julian, and Ryan jacking the airplane to start the repairs under Michelle’s supervision.

I tried to be brief but there is so much going on at HAWK it is hard to condense it!

– Eddie

 

HAWK ramblings December 2016-January 2017

Things at Mack are all good. Things are changing and moving fast!

Cessna 172 packed for the trip to Mack from Rifle
Cessna 172 packed for the trip to Mack from Rifle

At the end of November, 5 of the older HAWK kids and mentors made the trek to Rifle and disassembled, loaded, and trucked their new-well used-Donated 1973 Cessna 172 N13245 to Mack. (Thank you Russell Frank). The N number should be a mouthful except for people with dyslexia. The reversed 2 and 3 should play tricks with air traffic controllers. But they can relax for a while as the reconditioning of the airplane by the kids is going to be an extended project taking several years one Saturday at a time. The airplane was unloaded moved into its hangar and work started on it the first weekend in December.

Cessna 172 moving crew: Russel frank (Donor) Don C, Anthony, Braden, Jake, Logan, eli, Ken, Brian, Shay and Bobby, not pictured are the photographer and John C.
Cessna 172 moving crew: Russel frank (Donor) Don C, Anthony, Braden, Jake, Logan, eli, Ken, Brian, Shay and Bobby, not pictured are the photographer and John C.

The EAA Chapter 800 Christmas Party at the El Tapatio restaurant in Fruita ate up the 2nd Saturday. Anyone that missed the get together missed a really good meal and the election of the EAA Chapter 800 directors. Since a lot of the members of EAA chapter 800 are also members of HAWK it was decided to forgo any work on the airplanes to avoid conflicts. The next 2 December Saturdays were Christmas eve and New Year’s Eve so HAWK decided to forgo any official work with the Kids. The hanger was open and a few kids did show up for a short time but both weekends were mostly uneventful.

The push was on in December to get the Cherokee annualed so Braden Hobbs could do his Solo flight on his 16th birthday January 9th. Jerry F did his usual outstanding job and got the annual done in time for Sterling HAWK’s CFI to prep Braden for his big day. Unfortunately the weather Gods decided to introduce Mack and Happy Valley to an unheard of Ice storm on the 9th. Even the airlines were grounded at GJT. Jerry F had airline tickets the 9th to start his vacation in Florida and spent the day at the main airport trying to get out. He finally gave up and skated home. Jerry rescheduled and made it out on Thursday. You could ice skate on the runways at both GJT and Mack (10CO). No one remembers an Ice storm in the Grand Valley- they happen east of the Rockies. Braden finally made his solo flight on Saturday the 14th of January.

16-year-old takes first solo flight Photo Courtesy KKCO
16-year-old takes first solo flight Photo Courtesy KKCO

To promote HAWK, Braden requested the news media at his solo. Now that’s confidence! He did two flawless touch and go’s and a full stop landing with the media and about 75 people from HAWK, EAA chapter 800, and the Miata car club watching. The good part was the airplane was reusable. The Miata Car club provided lunch for everyone. Anyone that missed the Solo party missed a really good get together. Thanks Miata club for the lunch- it was very good. Sterling cut Braden’s shirt tail off and it will be framed as HAWKs first official kid solo. As a side note – Braden paid about $69.00 for his airplane time to solo. He traded Flying time for work in the shop. $69.00 was not a bad price for nearly 20 hours of flying time in a Cherokee. That figures out to about $3.50 per hour. Fuel and instruction was outside of HAWK and additional but still inexpensive (with enough donations someday HAWK will be able to cover these costs. Kind of like an internal scholarship). This is what HAWK is all about- introducing Kids to aviation so they can afford it. Heck last year Braden could not even spell Pilot now he are one! Below is the link to the news media on his flight. AOPA’s E-brief also mentioned his flight. Notice his Oshkosh 2016 hat
http://www.nbc11news.com/content/news/410746445.html

HAWK has been responsible for many rusty pilots getting back into aviation. Shay B has not flown in years but thanks to her involvement with HAWK, she purchased a 172 and plans to let HAWK use it while the Cherokee is in the paint shop. Franklin Insurance company has been very helpful is working with HAWK to keep the airplanes insured. THANKS BOB MACKEY WITH FRANKLIN! Shays 15 year old son Logan is working on his pilot’s license and hopefully will be able to solo both the Cherokee and their 172 on his 16th birthday. HAWK has several kids working on their pilot’s licenses at this time.

Caroline Ann, the channel 11 reporter who covered Braden’s flight, went for a ride in HAWK’s Dakota Hawk and also now wants to become a pilot. Pat W gave her a really nice fight in HAWK’s experimental 100% size wood model airplane.

The HAWK Build-s

Ryan with completed toolbox
Ryan with completed toolbox

Logan B has his tool box almost finished thanks to the help of Greg L. Greg has been traveling the world and shows up occasionally. He is an A/P and has been very instrumental in helping the kids. He was one of the people that really helped get the Dakota Hawk finished for Oshkosh 2016. Greg just purchased a 6 plex apartment on the east side of the Rockies where is family resides so he will only drop in and out occasionally. You will be missed Greg! So far 6 kids have completed tool box’s. 11 year old Ryan is Greg’s tool box instructor replacement. Ryan built his box in two Saturdays and it is one of the best box’s to date. Only problem is he wants to work on the airplanes. His Mom Sonja known as whirlygirl is a helicopter pilot. Humm! There has to be a helicopter just looking to be donated to a new home- Sonja would love to finish her instructor rating and do instruction.

The Dalt G family donated a nice Grizzly mill to the program. Dalt is the person instrumental in getting the tool box program up and running. And also contributes regularly to HAWK to keep the kids working and flying. Dalt owned a sheet metal shop in his younger years and his knowledge is invaluable. Thanks Dalt!

Cherokee at Grand Junction Regional Airport before donation to HAWK
Cherokee at Grand Junction Regional Airport before donation to HAWK

The Cherokee is going to be taken off line and all the cosmetic problems fixed before its new jet glow epoxy paint job. Thanks Pat Trim of Hightower Paint for donating the paint for the 701 the 172 and the Cherokee. At $400.00 per gallon it was a very nice donation. (7 gallons total for the 3 airplanes). The hardener makes it equal to 14 gallons. This is the paint WestStar spray’s on Jets. WestStar’s paint crew has volunteered their time to strip and paint the Cherokee. Two of HAWK’s lucky kids will be involved in the paint project with them. The Cherokee is an exceptional airplane and with a new paint job will look exceptional. Herman and Jean A, the family that donated the Cherokee, came for Braden’s solo and I think they were more excited than Braden. They are both retired teachers and are excited to see their old airplane teaching kids. As a side note-Sterling was Herman’s flight instructor years ago in the Cherokee. Herman was also my instructor in College and he remembered me- I never would have guessed I was that bad. It is a small world.

The Zenith 701 N838CP is proceeding nicely. The RH Pega Daedalus wing is temporarily on and the Flaperons are being fabricated and fit. Pega Wings are longer than the stock 701 wings and therefore the factory 701 flaperons are short. New Flaperons are being fabricated per Pega plans to make them fit properly. this has turned into a real project and is being overseen by Pat W.
Randy O has the Rotax 912 engine prop drive apart for sudden stoppage inspection- the engine has about 30-40 hours total and was partially donated to HAWK by Jim D. Randy has been a valuable asset to HAWK as he has been through Rotax classes and has built a 701 with a Rotax 912 he currently flies.

Cessna 172 packed for the trip to Mack from Rifle
Cessna 172 packed for the trip to Mack from Rifle

The new old 172 N13245 is in process of having everything firewall forward removed to change the lower firewall due to hard landing wrinkles. This has been Anthony and John C’s project.

The HAWK firefly balloon N90555 sn F7-624- Braden dismantled the burner donated by Dominic Chemello to install a new Blast valve and fix numerous other problems. Keith with the Firefly Balloons factory has offered to donate to HAWK a very nice 4.0 basket with in date fuel lines plus the re-coat for the envelope.
The balloon will get the younger kids flying and soloed at 14. Rob Shantz insurance “may” donate a year of insurance for the balloon. This has not jelled yet as the balloon is not together. Thanks Keith and Rob for your considerations.

Steve with 1st choice roofing donated a nice running 1993 1500 Chevy Pickup to HAWK to fix up and sell.
Steve with 1st choice roofing donated a nice running 1993 1500 Chevy Pickup to HAWK to fix up and sell.

Steve with 1st choice roofing donated a nice running 1993 1500 Chevy Pickup to HAWK to fix up and sell. It needs a windshield, the driver’s door hinges repaired, and the seat reupholstered. Plus general clean up. It has new tires and Aluminum wheels. Rich Bishop the Guy that did the Dakota Hawk and Cherokee seats has offered to reupholster the seat for $150.00- this covers materials. And Like the airplane seats will be very nice. The truck will be the mentors project as the kids will be working on learning aviation, not automotive. If the kids want to work on the truck they can. If anyone out there needs a truck it will be available shortly. Mitch the general manager owner of NAPA auto Grand Junction has offered to donate any parts needed. Thanks Mitch!

Lyle B the website administrator brought his balloon over from Utah for an annual and worked with the kids and the HAWK directors to make the website better. Watch for the website to be updated. The website is how the truck came about. Lyle is going to set the HAWK website up with a place for HAWK to accept donations. Most likely to be in conjunction with pay pal for cash donations for security.
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There is a lot more exciting things happening with HAWK – time will tell. The kids interested in aviation keep coming, and HAWK keeps growing. HAWK now has 3 hangers at Mack so donations become even more important to keep the kids flying. Someday in the future HAWK would like to be able to do aviation related scholarships (like fuel and instruction). but that is yet to be determined. I do not know of anywhere kids can fly cheaper than HAWK. – not bad for an idea that has taken root. All the members of EAA chapter 800 should be really proud of what they have developed. HAWK is going into its third year shortly. If you include the time EAA chapter 800 was involved before the split, due to flying airplanes, it is actually over 4 years.
YOUNG EAGLES HAS A START now with HAWK-kids have a place to follow up on their interest in aviation. With the Young Eagles program, the kids get an awesome intro to aviation. But after the flights, the kids have no way of connecting to aviation due to cost and lack of availability. HAWK solves this dilemma. HAWK is also a way for old aviators and techs to pass on their aviation knowledge to kids in all forms of aviation. I might add everyone involved with HAWK donates their time-no one is paid by HAWK. Payment is the satisfaction of watching the kids grow and develop their aviation interests.

If the Last few years are any indication 2017 should be another banner year!

THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT HAS MADE HAWK A SUCCESS TO DATE.
And the build-flying continues.