For years, many pilots have admired the Thunder Gull line of light aircraft from Earthstar Aircraft. However, obtaining one in a short time has been difficult because Earthstar remains a small company focused on groundbreaking developments by talented owner/designer, Mark Beierle. Avicom in Israel recently announced a venture to fully manufacture the Light-Sport Aircraft models Mark has elected to pursue. I know the fellows in Israel and this looks to be an excellent joining of aviation talents and enthusiasm. It should introduce more Earthstar aircraft to aviators in the U.S. and around the world.
Russ H says
Hi Dan. Love your info and professional approach and knowledge in producing these videos. I got my private back in the 70s in a 150. Haven’t flown in 30 years. I can’t seem to get ahold of Mark. I’m very interested in a Gull 2000. I do get a recorded message but never get a return call. Also have e mailed, too. Is Mark still in business? Any help very much appreciated! Thanks Russ H. 70-361-8688
Dan Johnson says
Mark Beierle is one of the most talented designers I’ve met, but he operates on his own schedule. I feel sure he is still doing what he’s long been doing but he has not been at airshows the last year or two …though I hasten to add that the same could be said of numerous other companies during this time of Covid. Much as I like the man, maybe you should take a message from the fact that you keep getting no response. Once you buy an aircraft, you’ll need that contact and if communications don’t happen, that’s not good.
Jesse Tucker says
Whatever happened to this venture? Is Avicom currently (2022) producing the Earthstar Gull 2000 and the Odyssey???
Dan Johnson says
Unfortunately, that story from some years ago never resulted in a production program. You’ll need to contact Earthstar Aircraft and ask.