Dakota Hawk Testimonial from David Larsen

Hello Fisher Fans!!

I just received this testimonial from David Larsen about his Dakota Hawk. Thanks Dave for sharing this with the Fisher Community!

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I just passed the 100 hour mark on my Dakota Hawk.  I built it from plans since that was all that was available when I started in 2008.  I purchased the windshield, fuel tanks, motor mount, cowling, wheels/brakes and wing struts thru Fisher Flying Products and was very happy with the service I received from Paul and Dave.  Most of the building was done in my garage.  The plans were very complete and I did not make any major changes during construction.  Covering with the Stits process and final assembly were completed at Byker Aviation near my home. Dan Byker also did the painting.  I finished my project in the fall of 2013 and fly out of Canton, SD (7G9).  My Hawk has a C-85 without electrical system and the empty weight is 710#.  I usually see a cruise of 85 mph at 2200 rpm with a Warp Drive 72” prop.  My Hawk is very stable during flight and the 50 mph touchdown speed makes every landing easy to control.

David Larsen

DH#69 N369DH

AirVenture 2016 Booth Locations

From the “Nest”,
 
We have confirmed our booth locations at AirVenture for 2016. That’s right! You read it correctly! BOOTHS! We are moving the main display booth from the Main Aircraft Display Area booth #167 to the North Display Area booth #639. This booth was previously occupied by Zenith. They have moved slightly south to the corner booth. Our neighbor, in booth #640 is going to be Stuart Davis with his company Auto PSRUs.
 
Our second booth is going to be located in the Ultralight Display Area. The booth number there is 913. We are planning to have this booth dedicated to the display of a Dakota Hawk owned by Mike Makepeace. We are working hard at the goal of having this aircraft available for demonstration flights from the Ultralight grass strip. The planets have to align for this to happen but at the very least, we will have the aircraft on display there and Mike will be available to answer your questions.
 
We again, have a commitment from a Celebrity owner to have his aircraft on display for the week. This Celebrity is red and has a Rotec radial engine on the front of it. I imagine that grass around this aircraft is definitely not going to survive the week.
 
This is a shift in our marketing efforts. I felt that we needed to focus more on the people who bring us the majority of our business. Homebuilders! Being located on the main drag of “Homebuilt Alley” in a location that is very favorable will put our product in front of a more targeted audience.
 
By having an aircraft at the Ultralight Display Area is going to send the message to that audience that Fisher Flying Products is still around to supply quality wooden microlight aircraft to the Part 103 crowd.
 
We look forward to seeing you all there!
Dave

Mid-Winter Sale!!!

Hello from the Nest!!

We would like to announce our Mid-Winter sale!

It is this simple!! The next 3 kits ordered will receive a 20% discount. That saves you a BIG chunk of CASH!! Money that you can use for the engine and accessories!

Get on the phone and call us! This opportunity will not last long!

Dave

We’re Back At It

Thank you everyone for your kind words over the past week. We appreciate it. I want to let everyone know that we are back in the shop now. Please feel free to call us. We are taking orders and are here to answer your questions.

Dave

Slow Response from the Nest

Hello Fisher Followers,

A quick note to those who have contacted us in the last week or so and have not heard back from us. We have not been able to respond as quickly as usual because of a dear family member passing away. We have been taking time to grieve and support family members to whom the loss is closest. We hope that you understand and we will be getting back into the shop in a day or so.

Dave

Installment Plan Update

Hi again,

We have our first installment plan customer!! We are pleased that this plan has been well received and J.C. is the first customer to take advantage of the low cost to get started in the building process.

He will receive the components to build and cover the tail feathers within a month of ordering his R-80 Tiger Moth. At that time we will begin receiving monthly installments toward the balance of the kit price. Within months he will receive the balance of the fuselage kit and in time the wing and hardware kits.

This customer opted for the 36 month term but you have the option of a 48 month term as well which lowers the monthly payment even lower.

We are pleased to offer this plan interest free and look forward hearing from you if this low cost option is right for you.

Blue Skies,

Dave

The Carbon Fiber Classic

Hey there Fisher Aficionados,

Here is another beautiful example of the type of the workmanship that builders are putting into our kits. Jamil Diaz is from Puerto Rico and has built this wonderful Carbon Classic. It is called the Carbon Classic because of the beautiful carbon fiber cowl that surrounds the Verner Motor 2 cylinder engine that pulls this bird through the air.

Way to go Jamil!! You should be very proud of your Excellent Classic!!

Dave

Diaz - Carbon Classic Top

Diaz - Carbon Classic Front Diaz - Carbon Classic Instrument Panel

Paul Adam’s Fisher Celebrity Story

Hey There! Fisher Followers!

Paul Adams is the latest person to send me his Fisher story. Paul has a beautiful Celebrity. We should all aspire to the level of quality that this aircraft was built.

Here is the story that Paul sent me:

Dave,

Below are some pictures of my Fisher Celebrity. I am the builder and present owner of the Celebrity. It has been flying for seven years. What a joy it is to fly. It can cruise at 90 mph but I tend to fly it at 75 mph and just enjoy the flight, especially at sunset! Take off is easy and occurs after about a 450 to 500 foot role. I first raise the tail at 25 mph then lower it at 50 mph with an ensuing climb out at 60 mph which gives me a 650 fpm ascent. Landing is straight forward with a nice cushion of air provided by the lower wing. Stalls are gentle and almost non existent at full power. The flight controls are nicely harmonized with handling characteristics similar to a cub. Yes, it is a rudder plane. I opted for the mechanical springs verses the bungee cords. Haven’t bounced one yet, nice gear. My Celebrity is powered by a Continental TMX O-200 which turns a Sensenich propeller. The building process was fun and straight forward. The drawings I found complete. I believe Fisher Flying has some original roots in the RC world. It shows because building the Celebrity was like building a large RC model. One thing I really liked about the project was I could build it with some personal touches. To name a few I have Bronson stream line flying wires, stream line fairings on the N and slave struts, some fiber glass fairings in various places, walnut instrument panels and my personally designed logo. As I said it was a fun project. Good luck and happy flying.

Regards
Paul Adams

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Tim Abke Liked His FP-101 Ultralight and Classic Biplane

Hi Everyone,

Tim Abke sent me a message the other day telling me about his experiences with Fisher Aircraft along with a couple of photos. I really enjoy hearing from people who have owned our aircraft. I hope that you are enjoying them too. Own a Fisher aircraft as these people have. It can make a big difference in your life!

Dave from the Nest

Here is his experience:

Hello Dave,

I am attaching photos of two of the Fisher products that I have owned.

I grew up flying with my older brother in an old Aeronca Champ. I had always enjoyed flying but never got around to getting my license or pursuing any flying until I was grown up and out of college. Then, I happened across a nice FP101 Koala for sale at the local airport and thought it would be fun and easy and cheap to fly. It had a 277 Rotax and flew very nicely even though I am 6 foot tall and 200 pounds. It was great to fly into all of the local grass strips. The only issue that I had with that plane was that it was so gentle that I would be tempted to try crosswind landings in too strong of winds. I did have a slow ground loop one time with a 20mph direct crosswind. My bad, but no wing contact and the only damage was my pride. I eventually wanted a 2 place airplane so I sold the Koala.

I moved on up to wanting a more exciting airplane. I really liked the biplanes, but they were either too expensive or too hard to fly. But then, I came across a nice Fisher Celebrity for sale with a O200 continental and the steel tube fuselage. I could not help but purchase this well built, beautiful airplane. It was a great flying plane with that neat open cockpit flying experience. It had a nice trim system and flew very well. It was a very forgiving airplane and gentle for even a low time pilot. Unfortunately my life priorities moved from flying to a growing family and I reluctantly had to sell the Celebrity. It still remains one of my favorite airplanes.

Tim

Tim Abke FP-101

Tim’s FP-101

Tim Abke Celebrity

Tim’s Celebrity

Jim Arbore Talks About His Classic

Jim Arbore was kind enough to send me his experiences with the Fisher Classic Biplane. I have put the photo of his aircraft as the new cover photo and have put both photos below his submission. Thanks Jim for taking the time to share this with us.

Dave,

I completed my Classic in 2003 with an on and off build time of about 4 1/2 years. The plans were easy to work with even for a first time builder.

Some of the custom touches that I installed were:
Hirth F30 FI 85hp engine.
Customized KitFox engine cowl.
Ballistic parachute between the upper wings.

It was a nice flying little plane, Great performance and very easy to land for a tail dragger. I sold it after flying it for about 25 hrs in order to finance another build of a Sonex Xenos motor glider. It ended up on the east coast somewhere when I finally lost track of it. I wish I knew if it was still flying.

Jim Arbore

Tuscon AZ
Jim Arbore Classic 2

Jim Arbore Classic 1