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Bear Creek Aero Club Restoring Stits Skycoupe

Bear Creek Coupe

A group of builders and pilots in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area led by EAA Chapter 1114 President Kent Misegades have formed the Bear Creek Aero Club. Their aim is to restore forgotten hangar queens and orphaned homebuilts with a focus on sport pilot eligible aircraft. They’re making good progress on their first project, a Stits Skycoupe (aka Stits SA-7D). The club is in contact with Ray Stits, now 90 years of age, who currently flies a Cessna Skycatcher.

Follow the progress of the club’s Bear Creek Skunk Works at EAA1114.blogspot.com. The posts began on May 19 with the acquisition and transport of the airframe to Eagles Landing Airport, Pittsboro, North Carolina. The airframe, which began life in 1961, was found in the back of a hangar as part of a collection of derelict projects and was donated to Chapter 1114. The welded tube airframe and wood wings have been stripped of fabric and are being cleaned up and refinished. There are lots of pictures of the work posted on the blog along with background information and some comments from Ray Stits.

Kent seeks tips and leads on other airplanes that would be suitable candidates for restoration with a focus on the sport pilot. Contact Kent at kmisegades@bellsouth.net or call 919-303-8230. Kent’s other passion is the effort to make clean alcohol-free fuel available to aviators and others who need it. Check out the Aviation Fuel Club and www.Ufuel.com to learn more about alternative fuels.


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