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Well, after finally realizing that I wasn't going to rebuild my Starduster any time soon due to life's other priorities-- a year after the crash I had only gotten as far as stripping the wing fabric to inspect for damage-- I reluctantly put it up for sale and looked for something needing less work. The end result is this is now in my hangar:

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It's a Hatz CB-1, beautiful condition, the first two seater I've owned in 30 years.
 

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Love it. Always wanted a Hatz. You have good taste.
Have fun.
 

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Congratulations! That looks like a superb fun machine. We expect a full pirep, with pics! ;)
 

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Congratulations! That looks like a superb fun machine. We expect a full pirep, with pics! ;)
It is indeed a fun machine! A lot less stressful to fly than the Starduster. Don't get me wrong, I loved flying the 'duster, but even after 20 hours in it I was barely starting to see that I might get comfortable landing it eventually... most pilots report it took 50-100 hours. The Hatz, OTOH, is a pussycat. I hadn't flown for a year since the crash except for one hour in a J-3 for my BFR last week, and after the first solo landing in the plane I was thinking "no problem," even knowing my home field is narrow, paved, and almost always crosswind.

People say it flies like a Cub, well maybe a Cub with much better handling (roll rate in particular), and I'm finding it even easier to land than a Cub... probably because it flies like a biplane (i.e. draggy) and that's what I'm used to after two previous biplanes and ultralights, i.e. steep approaches and no float. Surprisingly, forward visibility is much better from the back cockpit, because the cowl is wider at the top, but of course you still can't see anything directly forward once you start your flare. Assuming the airspeed indicator is accurate, climb at 60 knots, cruise at 70, approach at 60, stall at 45. I have to check the ASI calibration because the indicated 45 knot stall speed is definitely a lot slower than the indicated 50 mph my Starduster stalled at, and flying it home the GPS said 99 mph (86 knots) and while there was a tailwind I don't think it was 16 knots. It should be slower than other Hatzes, though, as the plane has cables instead of streamline wires. I haven't done any acro yet other than some steepish wingovers, but that's coming. I'm also very happy to have a plane with proper heel brakes again, the Starduster had toe brakes and I was always nervous about applying too much pressure at the wrong time.

I do have to put some more bend in the tailwheel spring, the angle is all wrong and it shimmys horribly on pavement. I'm hoping I can do it on a hydraulic press at work, if not I'll have to take it to a shop that bends auto leaf springs and hope they're willing to do it. There are a number of other things on the "to do" list, but they're all minor and mostly related to personal preference.

Today I took my first passenger (first in 30+ years since it's the first two seater I've owned in that long); he's a pilot too though he doesn't have his ticket yet. Of course I made a horrible landing or should I say "landings", plural. Oh well.
 

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Thanks for the brief write up! I hope you find material for another magazine article or two. It would be great to see some more biplane coverage. Best wishes for a lot of (mis)adventures in your future!
 

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It should be slower than other Hatzes, though, as the plane has cables instead of streamline wires.
I saw a nice O-200 powered example down here at a fly-in. On his prop card, it said, "Cruise Speed: SLOW!"

What engine? (Looks like some flavor of Lycoming?) Empty weight?
 

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It's an O-290-D, 975# empty, 1550# gross. I looked (not in person) at an O-200 powered one that weighed a good bit less somewhat farther away, but the engine had over 2100 SMOH and it hadn't flown for a long time, and there were cracks in the polyurethane paint, a real PITA to repair.

I took the tailwheel off today and removed and cleaned the springs, we'll see how the rebending goes tomorrow. It needs to be bent 17° to get the pivot line back to vertical.
 
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