Doug's Hummel Bird page.
This aircraft was built by a craftsman and completed in 2007. Due to the death of its principal, it remained in storage until the Fall of 2009 when it was taken to the airport and flown for its maiden two (2) hour test flight. The estate is now intending to sell it.
The Hummel Bird (a stock version powered by a 30hp VW motor) was capable of 145mph with a 200 mile range. This plane (the Hummel Bird being sold) has two additional (removable) wing tanks (~3gal capacity each) and a faster, lighter 45hp Compact Radial MZ-201 engine complete with the optional electric start.
This plane is currently registered in Canada under the tail number C-1HGX. The empty weight is 330lbs. The test flight was performed with a 165lb pilot. This produced a total weight of pilot + oil + gas of 534lbs. The registered maximum takeoff weight is 598lbs (for a stock Hummel Bird aircraft with VW engine). The wings can be removed for shipping.
As mentioned above, this plane has a total of two (2) hours flying time and should be considered brand new. The motor will have marginally more running time due to prop testing, tuneups, etc. and should be considered brand new as well.
- Capacity: 1
- Length: 13ft 4in (4064mm)
- Wingspan: 18ft (5486mm)
- Wing area: 57.2ft² (4.83m²)
- Airfoil: Clark Y (modified)
- Empty weight: ~300lbs
- Loaded weight: 598+lbs
- Useful load: 298+lbs
- Fuel Capacity: 6 gal (standard) and 6 gal (auxiliary)
- Maximum speed: 145 mph (233 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 100-115 mph (161-185 km/h)
- Stall speed: 38 mph (61 km/h)
- Range: ~200 mi (~320 km)
- Load Limit: 6.0 G's
- Takeoff Distance (over 50ft obstacle): 1000 ft
- Landing Roll: 800 ft
- Power/mass: .060-.084 hp/lb)
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Some additional photographs are available at this aircraft's Photobucket site. Click HERE to view them.
There is an excellent video clip of another Hummel Bird (with standard engine) starting/taking off/cruising/landing on YouTube at Ken Girty's New Hummel Bird. Please understand that the video is NOT this aircraft!
- Q: Is it still registered in canada? Where is it located?
- A: The aircraft is located at Chilliwack Airport (CYCW) in Chilliwack, BC. It was (and is currently) registered in Canada under the tail number C-1HGX.
- Q: It this "Bird" currently this very minute , save for fuel and oil, airworthy and ready to fly?
- A. Yes it is available for immediate flight (barring a wing assembly, oil/gas/water and obvious preflight). The wings are currently detached as are the auxiliary fuel tanks. The wings can be bolted on in ~20 minutes and the aux fuel tanks in another 10 minutes.
- Q. If I am reading this right, the standard Hummel Bird holds 6.6 gallons of fuel and you have additional 3 gallon tanks on each wing. So your Bird can carry a usable fuel load of 12.6 gallons?
- A: Yes you are correct in thinking that the plane can carry approximately 12.6 gals in fuel. The engine is lighter in weight than the half VW and this allows the plane to carry more weight. It is also much faster than the half VW opposed twin and should demonstrate a slightly lower stall speed than the 38mph listed for a stock power to weight configuration.
- Q. What size is the cockpit?
- A. The cockpit was designed for a 6ft-1in, 185lb man.
- Q. The engine is described as a 'radial', but it appears to be an inline twin. What gives?
- A. The engine is manufacturered by a company called 'Compact Radial Engines Inc'. They produce a number of crate engines in various sizes and cylinder configurations. This motor (MZ-201) is indeed a 45hp inline twin and the company manufacturers everything from true radials to single cylinder models. In addition, this motor comes with the optional electric start.
- Q. What documentation (if any) will be supplied with the aircraft?
- A. All original receipts, registration and other relevant documents complete with Hummel Aviation's original Hummel Bird blueprints and build video will be provided upon completion of sale.
- Q. What about a test flight?
- A. Test flights are available for anyone with adequate licensing, a strict flight plan and a deposit in the full amount of the plane's sale price (see 'Terms of Sale' below) paid in advance through acceptable methods.
Terms of Sale
This aircraft's price is $9750CAD. A deposit of $1000CAD is required if a potential buyer wishes to have it removed from the marketplace pending completion of their own sale. Electronic Funds Transfer or cash are the only forms of payment accepted.
The buyer will be responsible for any storage and/or shipping/handling fees accrued after completion of the sale. The plane will not be moved from its current location until full payment and registration transfer have been completed.
Additionally, there are two new 'half-VW' air-cooled opposed-twin aircraft motors available for sale. They are similar to the following pictures.
Use the contact information provided above if you are interested. More information on these engines will follow at a later date.
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