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Howland Aero Design H-2 Honey-Bee

Classic Aero H-2 Honey-Bee

 

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The H-2 Honey Bee is a lightweight aerobatic biplane first flown in 1986. With the H-2, designer Bert Howland introduced the technique of TIG-welding the fuselage from square 6061-T6 aluminum tubing, yielding a strong and rugged fuselage frame that weighs only 24 pounds. The airfoil on the 4 equal span wings is 6-1/2” thick and features 7 aluminum-capped foam ribs per panel with a D-cell leading edge spar and a C-section rear spar. Design load factor is +8g to -6g.


The prototype and early versions used engines in the 40-46 horsepower range, but the designer later moved up to an engine of 65 horsepower as standard. The plans provide a two or four aileron option for those who wish a more responsive roll rate. When that option is selected, together with an engine in the 85 horsepower range or better (such as the Hirth F-30), and with an inverted fuel system, the H-2A is suitable for use in competition aerobatics up to the International Aerobatic Club's "intermediate level."


In 1992, an H-2A Honey Bee was named "Best" in the combined Ultralight/Lightplane category during the EAA East Coast Fly-In at Wilmington, Delaware.


The aircraft has been powered with engines from 40 to 95 hp. Homebuilder plans cost $250 in 2009 and consist of 40 engineering drawings and designer construction notes.

 

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Classic Aero H-2A Honey Bee

 

Speed max: 68-80 mph.
Cruise: 55-68 mph.
Stall: 25-35 mph.
ROC: 400-850 fpm.
Take-off dist: 125-200 ft.
Landing dist: 150-275 ft.
Service ceiling: 8,000 ft.
Engine: Hirth 2705, 65 hp.
HP range: 40-95
Prop: 60-69in.
Fuel cap: 7.5-12 USG.
Weight empty: 335-496 lbs.
Gross: 550-725 lbs.
Length: 15.75 ft.
Wing span: 19 ft.
Wing area: 140 sq.ft.
Seats: 1.
Landing gear: tail wheel.
Design load at 550 lbs: +8,-6g.

 

Classic Aero H-2A Honey Bee
Engine: Hirth 2706, 65 hp
Wing span: 5.8 m
Wing area: 13 sq.m
Empty weight: 150 kg
MAUW: 270 kg
Fuel capacity: 40 lt
Max speed: 130 kph
Cruise speed: 108 kph
Minimum speed: 48 kph
Climb rate: 6 m/s
Fuel consumption: 12 lt/hr
Seats: 1
Plan price (1998): US$250
 

 

 

 

 


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