I am posting this for my husband, Jim Maxwell. He purchased Norm Brocklesby's finished but never-flown Airbike in July, 2008. The plane is in Concordia, KS (KCNK) where we spend the summers. We went back home to California right after we bought it.
Last summer, Jim began getting it ready to be inspected by registering it with the FAA and getting an N number. Jim soon discovered (he's a retired A & P) that there was a problem with one of the wings. It appears the fabric shrank and pulled some of the underlying wood askew. (I think Kevin may have had a similar problem with his Mini Max wing.)
Not being very interested in being an experimental airplane BUILDER, Jim's gotten pretty discouraged. Yeah, everyone says it's an "easy fix," but he's 76 years old and now has TWO planes in the hangar, and neither of them are ready to be flown.
(By the way, he's finished the airframe on a Dream Classic, in case anyone's interested in it! We'd love to sell it CHEAP to someone willing to finish it. The workmanship on both planes is wonderful.)
Here's the deal: We got an INCREDIBLE price ($6,000) on the Airbike since we bought it from a fellow club member. We'd really like another HUC member to have the chance to get this plane flying. If someone would like to finish getting it ready for the airworthiness inspection and will come get it in Kansas, we'll sell it for half of what we paid. So our firm, non-negotiable price is $3,000. It's got a 40 horsepower Mosler (which is a half VW) engine. It also comes with snow skis that Norm made.
I'd like to clean out both hangars as soon as possible and get a used Part 103 legal (preferred) or licensed LSA that is being flown right now and needs NO repairs.
More photos are here:
Click on "Dream Classic and TEAM Airbike"
If anyone's interested, send an email or give us a call no later than the end of July. We'll also be at the July 24th HUC meeting in Aurora.
You can reach Jim at (785) 614-1861.
My cell is (785) 534-0621.
The house is (760) 592-6345.
Sioux Stoeckle (pronounced Sue)
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