Here is an overview of our project.

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Earlier this year our club began a study of tow aircraft options with a view of lowering the running costs.
After comparing various types over a ten year service cycle our club decided to build a kit aircraft called the Hornet.
Designed by Ole Hartmann, principal of Australian Aircraft Kits based in Taree NSW. The basic Hornet STOL is designed for use on outback stations and mustering.
I first met Ole in Dec 09 and discussed the possibility of the Hornet being used as a glider towplane.
His positive response impressed me and I began work on a proposal to put the club.
We obtained a Tost CRG system (Cable Reel Guillotine) and asked Ole to alter the basic Hornet STOL design to fit this in.
Almost 10 months later we paid our money and collected our kit. Here is list of some of the changes Ole has implemented in the "GT" version:
  • Wings with no Slats; deemed not necessary for towing operations.
  • Fuselage strengthened by thicker skins and longerons.
  • Rugged trailing link undercarriage with large tyres and brakes.
  • Later design flaps and ailerons similar to a Super Cub (no flaperons like on the Hornet STOL ).
  • Fuselage modified to fit Tost CRG towing system.
The engine selected is the RAM Performance 2.3L liquid cooled engine at 160HP from the US. It is a Subaru engine which has been adapted for aircraft use.
We selected the FWF (fire wall forward) kit and includes all the engine accessories and engine mount.
The engine has a reduction drive unit which is a helical gear drive by AutoFlight in NZ. The Propeller is a Warp Drive 4 blade ground adjustable propeller.
The aim is have an aircraft that will weigh close to a Super Cub but climb much better as well as reduced fuel consumption running on premium unleaded.
The Hornet should climb happily at 55-65 knots and then descend quickly with the throttle set at idle. Our aircraft will closely resemble Tom Keats Hornet STOL.
Well this is the plan we have committed to so we will see how we go. Watch this space!!!
Regards Jack Hart
For further info check out these websites:
Australian Aircraft Kits
Ram Performance Engines
Hornet STOL
Tom Keats Hornet STOL
Other Hornrt builds Click on images for bigger view.
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Acknowledgements

Below are a list of names of people who have assisted us during the Hornet build project by with assistance during transport, providing tooling or their time:
  • Lou Carlini
  • Roger Druce
  • Dave Robbins
  • Gordon Pope
  • Alex Kreti
  • Rob Benton
  • Chris Trewern
  • Peter Champness
  • Malcolm Crampton
  • Steve Jinks
  • Jim Henkel
Build Team:
  • Gordon Pope
  • Peter Buskens
  • Jack Hart

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