I have helped work on a Super Rebel (with the flat engine) and talked with the owner (used to fly DeHavilland Beavers with me) after he flew it for a while. He said it is an excellent plane with very good handling and short field performance. Having worked on the plane I can tell you it is built as tough as the Beaver, just a little smaller. I have been to the Comp-Air factory and was not impressed with their planes, from an off-field standpoint. Leave it to the Canadians, not Floridians, to design a tough short field plane.
If anyone has any questions at all about the Murphy Moose, we are currently in the process of building one. We aren't doing the quick build aircraft. So, we are very intimately familiar with "Murph." It is an absolutely awesome kit. Everything lines up great, and the quality of all the parts is excellent. However, the instruction manual leaves a lot to be desired. Murph is working on a fix for it. The problem is that you get two manuals. One manual is to build a super rebel. The second manual tells you how to convert a COMPLETED Super Rebel to a Moose.
If you have any questions though, please feel free to ask. We highly recommend the kit, and Murphy Aircraft has bent over backwards to help us with any questions we have had. It is truly a class outfit.
No they have not yet come out with a new manual. However, I wouldn't let that discourage you from building. They are very willing to answer questions for you. And, in addition, there are enough people building that you could always ask the network of builders. If you do decide to do it, and have any questions, I'll be more than happy to help with any questions you might have!
My mom lived on Whidbey and I still travel there frequently.. Great place. Where are you on the Island? Where do you fly from?
I am headed to Kenmore air for my ses add-on in a couple of weeks.
Sorry about the hijack.
No, i'm not building a moose. I am just getting my ses, as my long term goal is to fly floats for a living.
Where is the field by langley?
Is it paved or grass?
My mom's house is up towards Freeland.
I'd like to see the field next time i'm up there.
Hello snowman, the field is w10. What is your moms last name/, we could be neighbors. I live on the border of Freeland and Langley. Newman rd. I have purchased the Engine for the Moose . Hopefully soon to order the kit. Billy
Billy, the house is on smugglers cove road, a mile or so north of bush point. On the other end of freeland from you. Mom's last name, Dealey.
What kind of engine did you get for the moose? Is this your first build of a plane?
rcsimpson, let me help you with your decision...I had a Compair 6 for three years. Let me first start by saying it is a horribly flying airplane. The guys who run the company started designing floats for ultralights, then they designed this airplane. What made me buy it? Lies, lies, lies. What they stated it would do and what it actually did were two totally different things... Poor climb performance, bad crosswind handling, inadequate elevator authority to name a few. The only way to get this airplane to operate the way they originally advertised was to put a turbine on it. $$$$$$$ Do yourself a favor and buy the Moose.