Honey Bee H2
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Honey Bee H2 experimental
lightsport aircraft, amateur built aircraft.
Classic Aero Enterprises
343 Wrexham court #101D,
Hampton, VA 23669
The Honey Bee is a low-cost, easy-to-build biplane (and if
you could go just on looks, I'd still be sold?hop in this,
and you'll look like a barnstormer of old) with basic
The Honey Bee was first introduced in 1988. The H-2 model
designation is for an aircraft with one set of ailerons
while the H-2A designation is for the aircraft with two sets
of ailerons. Both aircraft are aerobatic but only the H-2A
is capable of flying in aerobatic competition.
The H-2 Honey Bee offers a cruise speed of 55 to 68 mph
(depending on the engine) and a top speed of 68 to 80 mph
(also depending upon engine choice). The aircraft was
designed around a Rotax 503 engine, but the company
recommends going with at least a 582 or Hirth 2605. The
95-hp Hirth F-30 is recommended for the H2-A if you have
competitive aerobatics in mind. VNE is 110 mph. It'll get
airborne in just 200' on grass at a rate of 400 to 850 fpm.
Landing distance on grass is 150 to 275'. The Honey Bee has
a standard fuel capacity of 7.5 gal with an option for 12.
This craft is 15.8' long, 6.1' high, and
hat a wingspan of 19'. Wing area is 140 sq ft and wing chord
is 4'. Wing loading is 3.9 lbs/sq ft. Gross weight on the
Honey Bee is 550 lbs and the empty weight ranges between 345
and 495 Ibs, depending on the model you build, and the
engine you put in it. Structural limits provided by the
manufacturer are +8 and
Go Stall speed is 28
mph. The cabin is 21" wide, with an open cockpit, and has
54" of legroom.
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.
Two or four aileron options are offered in
the plans. With the 4 aileron option, an engine of at least
65 hp, and an inverted fuel system, the H-2 is suitable for
competition aerobatics up to the IAC intermediate level. The
aircraft has been powered with engines from 40 to 95 hp.
Homebuilder plans consist of 40 engineering drawings and
designer construction notes.
Estimated build time is a
hours. The aircraft is
constructed from aluminum
tubing and fabric. Access to a
TIG welder is necessary to build this aircraft.
Builder assistance is
available and a newsletter is in the works.
While this is a plans-built design, Classic Aero Enterprises
is working on making partial kits available through
cooperating aircraft supply companies.
ZOOM REPORT: Worth consideration. Good
Honey Bee H2
experimental homebuilt lightsport aircraft
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