Tuesday 5 March 2013

Aerosport Woody Pusher(s) of New Zealand

The next type of 2 seat homebuilt aircraft to appear in New Zealand was the Aerosport Woody Pusher. The Woody Pusher was designed by Harris Woods in America and was first marketed for homebuilding in the early 1960's. Harris Woods also designed the Aerosport Scamp of which we have had several in New Zealand, and he formed Aerosport to market his homebuilt aircraft designs.

The Woody Pusher was based closely on the pre-WW 2 Curtiss Junior.  It is a 2 seat tandem design with a length of 6.2 metres (20 feet 5 inches) andf a wingspan of 8.8 metres (29 feet).  Its empty weight IS 290 Kg (630 pounds) and MAUW is 520 Kg (1,150 pounds).  With and engine of between 65 and 85 HP, it has a maximum speed of 100 mph and a stall speed of 45 mph.

Our only Woody Pusher is Alan Belworthy's ZK-DUA (c/n AACA/172/1), which he built at Masterton in the early 1970's.  I remember seeing it being built, and it was very different from the Jodels and Minicabs which were being built at the time. It featured a Continental A 75 engine which Alan imported from the US.   The above photo was taken at Masterton following its first flight on 5 February 1974.

Alan had a lot of fun in the Woody Pusher and flew it to most of the AACA flyins around New Zealand.  The above photo was taken at the 1982 AACA flyin at Taupo with Alan as pilot in command.

ZK-DUA has not changed at all over the years and is still current, having flown over 800 hours to date.  The above photo was taken at the 2009 SAANZ flyin at Ashburton.  It is based at Evan Belworthy's Cust airstrip along with the rest of the Belworthy's remarkable homebuilt aircraft stable.


1 comment:

  1. Allan Bellworthy did a superb job on his first Aircraft ,
    ZK DUA was test flown by Bryan Barret ,and was tottaly without problems ,Allan later decided to use a approved modd to increase the wing span and was very happy with the performance achieved