Try a bede 4c with an updated wing set like that built on the RV AIRCRAFT. you can play around with what you get to start with and add as you go along. by using The RV wings they are all flying and tested. just a thoughtIs there any truly roomy high wing experimental options that cruise around 150mph?
Ideally I’d like something 48”+ wide, cantilevered high wing for easy egress, good useful load to actually fill all the seats. Ideally a 4 seater. Cruise at 150mph to get places yet docile to fly slow.
The closest I can think of would be to scratch build a bearhawk and modify the fuselage to add more width. That still don’t make it a cantilevered wing. And most likely it won’t cruise that fast after widening it.
What about rebuilding a wore-out Cardinal with one of the aluminum V8 conversions? That would give you almost a new airplane, and you wouldn't have to worry about it being certified anymoreThe Cardinal really does everything I want yet I just don’t want a certificate plane. Even if building cost more I’d rather build it myself and actually have a new plane.
I recall giving you a hard time for recommending certified planes on HBA.com once upon a time, TFF. Now I see the wisdom of an off-the-shelf plane as a stopgap until you can build the plane you really want.I get making it yourself, but at 4 place or more, it is cheaper to buy certified.
Dang! I don't think I've ever seen that much leg room in the back seat of a small plane.The new, even bigger Bearhawk 5 has been mentioned, that one is 44.5 inches at the shoulders and you could easily bulge the doors and windows for a few more inches and no need to design from scratch. I know you said cantilever, but that single strut seems well out of the way to me.
It more than meets your performance needs if you want to fly a taildragger, the only down side I see is the need for a 250-300 hp IO-540 or 315 hp IO-580 or something similar. With that much airplane I'd be tempted to go with a big auto conversion.
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Plus I don’t think a 390 has a huge weight delta compared to a 360. FromIIRC there IS an STC for IO-390 for the Cardinal now. No, not same as having a 540 in there, but definitely would make more of a hot/high 4 place out of a 177.