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Dedicated to the Bellanca Cruisair, Cruisemaster, Viking, American Champion Citabria, Decathlon, Scout, Champion and AviaBellanca Skyrocket lines of aircraft, their furtherance, history, preservation and maintenance. The Bellanca-Champion Club welcomes all owners, pilots and enthusiasts.



Dear Bellanca-Champion Club Members,
By now many of you have heard the news that Robert Szego, President of the B-C Club, has passed away. Robert had spent the past 26 years bringing together this network of Bellanca and Champion aircraft owners and loved every minute of it- from writing and editing the newsletters, to planning fly-ins, but most importantly connecting members worldwide and advocating to keep every plane possible flying.

Due to Roberts death, club activities have been temporarily suspended as a succession plan is put into place. Please bear with me as I work with members of this community to identify new leadership who will continue the club with minimal disruption as possible.

Sincerely, Dvora Szego (Robert's daughter)

Flight Line Sunset Our
West Coast Fly-In
was a huge success by any measure.
More of each type, the usual high quality airplanes, the enthusiasm, the camaraderie ...
Join us next year, June 6-8, 2008.
Details and award winners
in the July issue of B-C Contact!

    A great deal of confusion has been caused by the newly issued Control Cable AD. We try to make sense of it here.
    Updated with new information 4/13/2006.

First new Super Viking from Alexandria Aircraft!   Seen at AirVenture and Sun 'n Fun 2006!

One of only four Bellanca
Aries T-250 airplanes
ever built.

Sparky at Sun 'n Fun
14-19-3 at Sun 'n Fun A lonely Sparky awaits its mission home from Sun 'n Fun

Right: John Morrison and his 260, who won the Outstanding in Type award.

Important Announcement from Ron Alexander re: Randolph

AD 2004-05-24 is a "final rule" without NPRM and affects crankshaft gear retaining bolts on some IO-540 engines used by the Viking 17-31A.
IMPORTANT!   If you own or maintain a Straight-Tailed 260 or Viking, please read this Safety Alert from Alexandria Aircraft LLC (Bellanca Factory)

NEW! A searchable Index to articles in all issues of B-C Contact! is now available!

Cruisair 14-13-2

Dale Williams received the Midwest Antique Airplane Club's "Classic Project of the Year" in 2002 for his consummate restoration of his 1947 Cruisair. Scott Thomas (CFII, A&P/IA) was Technical Advisor for the project.

Tony Markl's excellent article on Wheel Landings is now available online

Triple-Tail 260 with Connie at Oshkosh

Bill Reeves (a Club volunteer) with his new 260 at Oshkosh. No, he doesn't own the "other" Triple-Tail.

  See the New Items just arrived in our Gift Shop!

Champion 402

Champion Lancer (Model 402) is the only post-WWII multi-engine airplane produced by either Bellanca or the Aeronca/Champion factories. The article in the October 2003 (13-4) issue of B-C Contact! provides some of the unique aspects and pictures, and prompted a letter from another member (issue 14-1) who had trained in one in the sixties.

New! You can now renew your membership (or Join) online
Click Here for Online Membership

Super Decathlon

Greg Koontz in action over his new digs. He'll teach you how to do this...

Bellanca Cruisair Jr. 1939

The 1940 issue of Popular Aviation shows the Bellanca (Cruisair) Junior. Unfortunately, no story within.

AOPA has a regular page in this magazine, this time by Gill Robb Wilson

Fly Market
Fly Market and Parts Bin can now be viewed on-line. A feature of B-C Contact! for over 16 years, these classifieds help our members sell and find their planes and parts.

Around the World in a 1949 Cruisair...     
More on Willi & Elisabeth's Long Trip    

Final installment of this travelogue appears in our January 2002 issue of B-C Contact!

A Very Disappointing Wing Spar Airworthiness Directive
was issued by the FAA, disregarding your comments and suggestions. Explanations, comments, documents, pictures of affected spars and more are available on our
Wing Spar AD Site

Bellanca C-27     We are pleased to host Leo Horishny's Bellanca website - a look at Bellancas back...
when they were

Carl White
(our Aeronca Editor) flying Yellowbird with friend Dru Fisher's Tarbaby (long story.) Picture taken from Doug Russell's Stearman, photo by Debbie. [How come the Stearman doesn't have a name? - ed.]


Jan Zatloukal's Cruisemaster was the last 14-19-2 built,
seen here with prior owner Bruce Fall flying over the Bodger flower flag in Lompoc, CA.

'Say Type Aircraft'..  A reference to the type designators that will identify your aircraft and its performance to the controller.

Cruisemaster 14-19-2

Drew Peterson's Award-Winning Cruisemaster
 (we flew it at the Fly-In!)

Citabria 7ECA

'Cuatro Vientos*' is a 1965 Citabria
belonging to Jorge & Elvira Suarez

* This is a reference to an ill-fated 1938 non-stop flight from Spain to Cuba.

Cruisemaster 260C & Viking 300 <- 260C (Cruisemaster) and the first Viking

Scout 8GCBC  Verl Scheibe's beautifully restored Scout
 ...with his new Vortex Generators installed.
 Call us for your 10% Discount Voucher (now STCd for all 7 & 8 series)

AviaBellanca Skyrocket III -> AviaBellanca Skyrocket III

We received this from the F.A.I., the international organization that verifies and awards official aviation world records:You may be interested to know that we have a number of Bellanca aircraft world records in our lists of world-class performances... A Skyrocket II still holds the 'speed over a closed circuit course of 100 / 500 / 1000 km' records in the concerned weight sub-class.

With Best regards,
Thierry Montigneaux
Fédération Aéronautique Internationale

  Aeronca Champ 7AC <- Aeronca Champ 7AC - low and slow..

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