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Bygate Tiger Hawk


Of all-wood construction and covered with ceconite, the Tiger Hawk is finished with an Imron 700 paint system. All the design, fabricate and construction was carried out by Tim Bygate. This is no mean feat when you have to design each component before con-structing it. The airframe contains a number of different timbers. Spruce was used for the spars, wing ribs, etc along with some Douglas Fir. The plywood covering found on the wings, turtle deck and seat was Birch and Hoop Pine. Tim found one of the trickier pieces to build was the Perspex canopy.

The Tiger Hawk was powered by an EA81 Subaru with a 2: 1 belt drive reduction system made by Cannings Engineering in Christchurch, New Zealand. The engine was stripped by Tim and measured for wear and tear and when reassembled it produced approx. 80 hp at 5400 rpm.

All construction was carried out in a small shed at the Hanmer Springs Forestry Camp in New Zealand by Tim Bygate, the designer. This shed kept expanding as the aircraft grew until finally on the completion the whole front of the shed had to be removed to enable the plane to be removed for its first flight on September 7, 2001.


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