Our Aircraft: The NEW Found Bush Hawk FBA-2C1
What is a Bush Hawk? That is a common question that we are faced with on a daily basis, which we are more than happy to answer. It is a 5 place (pilot plus 4) aircraft that is being built NEW outside of Toronto Canada which is designed to meet the needs of the Alaska operator looking for a utility aicraft. We figure our payloads to be 850 pounds -- which is slightly more than the Cessna 206 or Cessna 185 aircraft that operate around Kodiak. It has the same cabin size as a Cessna 206, but we can legally carry more weight, load and unload from either side of the plane, and performs better at gross weights. It is not a replacement for the de Havilland Beaver, but if you have more than a Beaver load, it is typically more efficient to use 2 Bush Hawks than a Beaver & 206.
Our Bush Hawks were built new in 2000 and 2004. They feature a 300 horsepower Lycoming IO-540 engine, 84" Hartzell Roundtip Propellor, Aerocet Fiberglass/Composite Floats and 4 large easy entry doors with large bubble windows. It has a cantilever wing (no wing strut to impede movement on the float!) and a steel tube cage around the passenger compartment, which is skinned in aluminum. The Bush Hawk cruises at approximately 115 knots on floats. Having a new floatplane is very unique -- the newest Cessna floatplanes around Kodiak were built new in the mid 1980's and there are some planes flying that date back to the 1940's (like the Aeronca Sedan we owned prior to the Bush Hawk).
If you are interested in the Bush Hawk, please let us know and we are more than happy to provide information. You can find out more at www.foundair.com and we also have a website dedicated to the Bush Hawk called www.AlaskaBushHawk.com.