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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.

  The July 2023 issue of B-C Contact! has been delayed. We expect to mail o/a August 21. Sorry for the delay..   Not getting your copy?   We can help:   Join the Club Here

      The Complete Guide to Aeroncas, Citabrias and Decathlons   has arrived and ready to mail.
        This 246 page color, updated revision (3rd Edition) of Don & Julia Downie's original tome can be ordered
        as B-418 from our Gift Shop or call the office for your copy.

    Sun getting in your eyes? 7GCBC Check out our SunShield for the Citabria, Decathlon, Scout and Champ. "I love it. I wouldn’t fly without it!" says CFI Doug Bothel

7GCBC   Doug flies this 1976 Citabria 7GCBC

    Our Publication Catalog including B-C Contact! back issues, is now available online.

        We have received an Airworthiness Concern from the FAA regarding all carburetors. You can read / download it from Here. If you decide to respond, please send a copy of your letter to Us as well.

14-19-2 N9818B Lynn Ford is flying his newly restored Cruisemaster,
and it's a beauty!
Photo courtesy of

Citabria 7GCGC

        Ron Miller and his Citabria getting ready for a long winter...

  The Viking exhaust system and P-lead re-routing AD can be seen   Here
                    The referenced Service Bulletin B-110 is posted Here

    Sun getting in your eyes? Check out our SunShield for the Citabria, Decathlon, Scout and Champ.

    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.

14-19-3 at 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)

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, shown over the Bodger flower flag in Lompoc, CA.
Cmdr. Victor Mottarella, USN, Ret. (co-owner at the time with Bruce Fall) flew N9849B for the photo shoot.

'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.

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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