CGS Hawk is one of the most-beloved of all light aircraft in America. More than 2,000 are flying all across the USA and around the world. Originally created by Chuck Slusarczyk, the operation is headed today by Joseph Shirley and once again based in Ohio where Chuck founded the company. Terry Short runs a manufacturing operation in Central Florida as well.
A Hawk kit is available brand new in either tricycle gear or taildragger. Using bolt-and-rivet aluminum-tube construction Hawk is built around a uniquely curved main boom tube.
A fast-build kit requires only 150 hours to complete even for first time builder and can be built in as little as a single car garage, using common hand tools. Once the airframe and wings are completed they are covered in sewn envelopes of Dacron sail cloth, meaning no painting is involved saving both work effort and weight.
A fully-built and FAA-accepted Special Light-Sport Aircraft model is available so if you aren't a kit builder, no worries. For those who want the greatest freedom in aviation, a Hawk Part 103 model is available that can also be built ready-to-fly or in kit form.
Hawk features standard stick and rudder controls, with a flap handle located just above and to the left of the pilot’s head. Cruise is typically around 55 miles per hour. It has an honest climb rate of between 600 and 750 feet per minute, and stall with flaps can be as low as 22 miles per hour.
The Hawk's wide landing gear serves two functions. First, it allows for greater crosswind capabilities (20 knots, 90 degrees, tested). The wider gear also lets stones or gravel (which can be kicked up by the tires and thrown backwards) not hit the propeller. The large vertical stabilizer and rudder also provide exceptional yaw stability. The Hawk maintains positive elevator control right through a stall.The curved boom tube serves many useful purposes. It allows the horizontal stabilizer to be mounted above the downwash of the wings and flaps, allowing you to slip the Hawk with the flaps down.
The structure around the occupants of Hawk has proven protective in case of mishaps, however, this quality has rarely been proven as the design enjoys a good safety record.
Standard Equipment (varies by model):
- Dual controls
- 3-Position wing flaps (not flaperons)
- Heavy-duty wings with 3” dia. forward spar and 2” dia. aft spar
- Shoulder harnesses and seat belts
- Curved overhead carry through increases headroom by 3”
- Heavy-duty fiberglass landing gear legs (guaranteed against breakage for five years)
- Your choice of tail-dragger with steerable tail wheel or tricycle gear with steerable nosewheel
- Rough terrain wheels - 16 inch x 6.5 inch x 6 inch
- Hydraulic brakes
- Streamlined extruded aluminum wing struts
- Streamlined landing gear fairings
- Two five-gallon wing tanks providing 10 gallons of fuel capacity
- Anodized tubing throughout
- Folding tail
- Dacron sailcloth covering
- Rotax 582 liquid cooled engine (Rotax 912 is also available on some models)
- Electric Start
Phone: 513-205-1650Loveland, OH 45140
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