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!
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.
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.
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
Most Recent Site Updates
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.
I have decided to sell the Challenger in order to make room for the RV-6 I am building.
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.
This picture shows how much I had to cut off in order to clear the reduction drive in the rear.