EAA Chapter 966

Michigan City, Indiana

Pilot Mark: Challenger II

Pilot Mark, an EAA member, learned how to fly in a Piper Cherokee. After completing his training, he needed to keep flying to remain proficient. Each month he saved some money to use for airplane rental. After renting for a while, he decided to explore other options to fulfill his flying interest. One option was to build his own airplane. He considered several possibilities, including an RV, but finally settled on constructing the Challenger II.

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Pilot Mark and his Challenger II at a show

In early 2005, he began research and collected as much information on experimental aircraft construction as possible. He ordered all the materials needed to build his airplane. Construction began in June of 2005, and the airplane was completed in June of 2008.

Airplane Specs:
Challenger II Clipped Wing Special
26 ft Wing Span
30 mph Crosswind capability
200 ft takeoff roll
Engine: Rotax503 with Oil Injection

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Pilot Mark chose and arranged his cockpit instruments

Additional Information:

Every experimental aircraft undergoes rigorous inspection by an FAA designated aircraft inspector. Each experimental airplane builder is responsible for the high quality and the airworthiness of the airplane. The FAA designated aircraft inspector ensures that every part of the aircraft complies with standard safety and airworthiness requirements.

Pilot Mark was awarded an experimental aircraft certification after a rigorous inspection. He was also assigned to a designated area for a number of hours (approximately 40) to fly until he fully tested the aircraft. Tests include take off and landing handling, weight and balance handling, level flight, turns, stalls, fuel usage, instruments, and so on.

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A closer look at his engine: Rotax 503. Notice the oil canister for oil injection.

Pilot Mark enjoys flying his Challenger II, and gives rides to family members and others who are interested in experiencing the amazing open or closed cockpit of the Challenger II. Look for him at the Michigan City Airport: Phillip’s Field, KMGC.

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The Challenger II has its engine behind the cockpit. This is called a pusher configuration.
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