High Sierra Flight Instruction / Backcountry Flight Training LLC.

Call me crazy – I just bought a Highlander

Every now and then a smokin deal comes up. This one for example I could just not let pass. Going to pick it up next week!

500 hour TT on engine and airframe. She weighs just over 700lbs. It was a no brainer….Have a look. I have wanted one for sometime now ad even more so when watching my buddy Steve Henry fly around.

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SQ update

Getting very close. Engine is getting hung shortly. First runs will be in about 2-3 weeks we are thinking. Have not posted for a bit. Just an update here with some photos

Covered and painted with Super Flight 7

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Initial cowling plug. Catto is producing the new cowlings for the BCSC but we did not want to wait on the completed product so we made our own.

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Getting ready here for final assembly. Love my new tires! She will be fast!

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Wing painted and ready for trim in this one. Trim is now done but dont have a good photo yet

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Getting ready for final assembly

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Put the Aero Fab stick control in. Set me back $3300. Hope it pays off. This means I can land anywhere now correct? I mean it is all about the stick

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Wiring for the Garmin G3 going in

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TK Tail shock. Will see how this holds up. May end up with Dan’s system

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Parts painted

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Big side door. This is one of the concerns. Will be anxious to see how the big door holds up and flies

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Tail chevron. Its growing on me. Did not like it at first. Now I think its pretty cool. As me next month I may have a different answer

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We were hoping to be done by now but we had a significant problem with the paint wicking. Needless to say we had to wet sand the entire thing and have a do-over. The paint is now beautiful!

She is in for final assembly and looking to be flying in 3-4 weeks. 35″ AKBW’s will be on her soon and hoping she comes in under 1250…Fingers are crossed



SQ Update

This is me flying my buddies older SQ from the back seat. That always creates some excitement! Flying from back there with zero visibility creates quite a challenge but it sure is fun!

My bird is in for cover officially! Wings should be back in a week or so and the airframe is now on deck. All cables are rigged and engine is hung. It won’t be long now! The engine came back from Barrett Performance and put out a true 202HP! Total weight on the scale came in at 262lbs. Here are a couple photos from the past few weeks. My next update should have wings and airframe covered and my panel installed!¬†SQ flying back seat

Superior Engine built by Barrett Performance

SQ engine

Carbon floor boards

Carbon Floor boards

TK 1 Shocks for the cabane

TK 1 Cabane shocks

Side baggage door prep, ailerons and tail section covered and wings prior to going for cover

SQ Fabric sq wing pre cover

SQ Airframe Door

High Sierra Fly-in 2015

We have just completed the 6th annual High Sierra Fly-in! We had over 150 planes come on over the course of the weekend with 120 plus camping on Saturday night. Honestly we lost count on the actual numbers but fun was certainly had by all. Saturdays dinner played host to just over 275 people as they were fed, order entertained by a large firework display and of course the big white mans fire until the we hours of the morning.

1 pilot came all the way from Australia to visit us, cheapest another flew his 185 from Maine and many others came from all parts of the country including Canada. Mu entire year dreams about this fly in we have created in the desert and now its already over and I am already looking forward to next years event.

The STOL Drag event was a huge success. More on that in my next post but you will certainly enjoy these photos from the many various photographers that came to our event. Please also make certain to see the High Sierra Fly-in group on Facebook, the thread on Backcountrypilot.org and Supercub.org.



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Air Race week

Well it’s that time of year again when airplanes going 500mph low and fast! This year it was about the 3 heavies doing there thing. RareBear, Strega and Voodo. 6 time race champion Steve Hinton Jr., was looking for his 7th tittle but the Voodo engine had other plans giving second place to the vimage image image imageery fast RareBear. Stregas pilot Hoot Gibson earned his first championship as Strega pretty much smoked the field. Always a good time to see and hear these beautiful aircraft flying.


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