World Champion Cub Driver!
Local Pilot Mark Patey recently demonstrated his exceptional piloting skills by winning the world championship STOL Drag Race in his Carbon Cub at Dead Cow Lake Bed just North of Reno.
These two Air Tractors are bigger than they look. They each have a wingspan just short of 60 feet and can carry 800 gallons of fire retardant. Their turboprop engines put out 1350 horsepower which enables them to transport the heavy load to the fire.
After 12 years of hard work Mike Bond’s dreams of owning his own flying aircraft came to fruition today. A very successful first flight of Mike’s “Plans Built” Bearhawk. Thousands of hours of effort were rewarded in today’s first flight. A truly great accomplishment.