for $6,500, this homebuilt evokes the classic bushplane traits
of planes like the Cub and Husky,
but at a fraction of the costs. Photo by Dave Higdon
scrounging skills, some "hand-me-downs" from friends, and
patience combined to see Tim Buttles (EAA 1839821) of Ogdensburg,
Wisconsin, complete this Husky Chaser II for about $6,500. Featured on
the August cover of EAA Sport Aviation (free copies are available
in the Affordable Flying Center and in the red boxes around the
AirVenture grounds), Timís Husky Chaser II is proof that flying is
more attainable than one may have previously thought.
a breakdown on how Tim kept his airplane low-cost: The fuselage of the
airplane was built with spare tubing bought from a friend for $200. Jim
Stark of Wild Rose, Wisconsin, donated the 100-horse crankshaft.
Cylinders were bought for $50 a piece, which were then sent to a friend
in Arkansas who made them look new again for $100 apiece. The landing
gear was constructed from old valve springs from a 350 V-8 engine, a
boogie wheel from a snowmobile, and some spare steel. Wing ribs were
bought for $150 from a gentleman who had no use for them anymore. Metal
spars were chosen over more expensive wood spars. Struts were made out
of round tubing with plastic tube covering the outside, and the
Tailwind-style windshield was homemade for $40. Like Tim says, "Itís
all about living within your means."
does the Husky Chaser II fly? "I think it flies more like a Piper
PA-11 than anything else," Tim said. "It only takes about 100
feet to get airborne as my airspeed approaches 40 mph. I climb-out at 50
mph and burn around 4.5 gph with a 2100 rpm setting."
Timís Husky Chaser II
is parked in front of the Affordable Flying Center, located in the
former NASA Pavilion adjacent to AirVentureís Honda Forums Plaza and
the workshops area. To watch the video of Timís airplane,
"Built for less than $6,500", click play below.