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Hovey Beta Bird



The Beta Bird, designed in 1977 but not flown until April 1979 at Mojave, California, is a high wing monoplane version of the Whing Ding II, with which it shares a common fuselage. Like the biplane, the conventional tailplane is carried on a tubular boom and there is a tailwheel undercarriage. Wing profile Hovey BB-14. Brakes on main wheels. Engine mounted below wing. The Beta Bird was initially known as the Bushwacker.

Flight handling characteristics are very good, with an extremely docile stall. Rugged reliability was proven in off-airport operations in high desert country. Single-place, single-engine, strut-braced monoplane followup to Whing Ding II biplane, using drooperons. Stick-and-rudder 3-axis controls. Nose cowl and instrument panel included. Landing gear: Two mains with large 600x6 wheels & tires (from Cessna 150) for rough-field operation, using individually operated hydraulic toe brakes. Tail-wheel non-swiveling, steered with rudder cable linkage. Powerplant: Converted VW engine, pusher mounted, direct drive to 54x24 prop. It is powered by a 1,385-cc converted VW engine and offers the homebuilder simplified methods of construction. The wings fold for transport or storage. The fuselage pod is plywood and spruce construction with a stiffened aluminum tail boom to support the tail. The wings are spruce in a two-spar configuration, and the ribs are single-piece aluminum tubes. The tail group is fabricated from aluminum tubing, pop-riveted together with gussets and covered with Dacron. Only 250 feet are needed for takeoff and landing, and the 7 1/2-gallon fuel tank is good for 180 miles.

Engine: Volkswagen 1385cc, 45 hp.
Power per unit area 0.52 hp/sq.ft, 5.6 hp/sq.m.
Length overall 16.5 ft, 5.02 m.
Height overall 6.0ft, 1.83m.
Wing span 25.5ft, 7.77m.
Sweepback 0 deg.
Total wing area 87 sq.ft, 8.1 sq.m.
Wing aspect ratio. 7.3/1.
Empty weight 405 lb, 184kg.
Max take-off weight 650 lb, 295kg.
Payload 245 lb, 111kg.
Max wing loading 7.47 lb/sq.ft, 36.4kg/sq.m.
Max power loading 14.4 lb/hp, 6.6kg/hp.
Max level speed 85 mph, 137 kph.
Never exceed speed 95 mph, 153kph.
Cruising speed 70mph, 113kph.
Stalling speed 40 mph, 64 kph.
Max climb rate at sea level 400ft/min, 2.0m/s.
Take-off distance 250 ft, 75 m.
Range at average cruising speed 130 mile, 209 km.


Engine: VW 1800cc
hp Range: 50-85
Length: 16.5 ft
Wingspan: 26 ft
Wing area; 110 sq.ft
Empty weight; 405 lb
Gross weight: 650 lb
Fuel cap: 7.5 USG
Cruise: 80 mph
Stall: 45 mph
Rate of climb: 750 fpm
Takeoff dist: 250 ft
Landing dist: 150 ft
Seats: 1
Landing gear: tailwheel
LSA: yes







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