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Welcome to my website about my Challenger II airplane. I purchased N244RJ in April of 2014. It was in flying condition but I wanted to update the airplane and add my own special touches. What originally started out as a small project quickly turned into a complete rebuild from the ground up!

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Structurally, the plane was in great shape. But after 800 hours and training many students it was looking a little tired. Here is what it looked like when I first got it. I flew about 60 hours on it the first summer before I decided to recover the plane and make some updates.

Before :

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After :

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About my Challenger

Challengers are manufactured as quick-build kits by Quad City Aircraft Corp in Moline, Illinois. The Challenger airframe is pre-built at the factory but the rest of the airplane must be assembled. There are over 4,000 Challenger aircraft flying worldwide according to their website.

Quick Specs

N244RJ is a TWO-SEAT LONG WING Challenger and is registered with the FAA as an E-LSA aircraft.

  • 31.5 ft wingspan
  • Great on floats and for soaring
  • 500 lb payload
  • 700/1,200 fpm climb (dual/solo)
  • 20 mph cross-wind capability
  • 65-85 mph cruise speed
  • Rotax 503UL DCDI 50HP Engine
  • available in a 51% kit for Experimental Amateur-Built

 

I belong to two clubs, EAA Chapter 103 and Top Fun Flyers. The members in those clubs have provided a lot of assistance along the way. They are a great bunch of people!

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Most Recent Site Updates

WUFI 2015

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I participated in the World Ultralite Fly In today. This was an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for the worlds largest synchronized flying event.

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N244RJ is for sale!

I have decided to sell the Challenger in order to make room for the RV-6 I am building.

3 Piece Gap Cover Installation

My original Challenger had a simple aluminum gap cover. I liked the looks of the molded three piece fiberglass version so I decided to upgrade this part during the rebuild. The part comes in three pieces and is gel coated black. I built some aluminum angle pieces for the cover to screw to.

 

Fitting the gap cover in place. Lot’s of trial and error.

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This picture shows how much I had to cut off in order to clear the reduction drive in the rear.

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