The following are just a few of our Aventura customers. We hope to have many more customers post their planes in the "Customer Corner" as time goes on. The "Customer Corner" is always being updated so check back from time to time to meet new owner/builders. If you are an Aventura owner we would encourage you to please send us a picture of your Aventura so that we can post you and your plane on our website, even if your plane is not finished.
BLUE GOOSE - FIRST TAKE-OFF
Congrats to Ed on first flight!
This is an Adventura II Experimental Sea Plane. My husband built the plane from a kit. This is his first take-off at the U.S. Coast Guard Base in Elizabeth City, NC. It flew just fine and should provide lots of excitement.
My plane has a 912S Rotax engine and a long list of extras (extra weight too, but hey, the 100 horsepower engine can take care of that!). I have 100 hours on it now and been to many fly-ins and air shows around Australia with it, trying to convince other pilots that water-flying is the way to go.
I keep the plane in a hangar, but often bring it to my home on Lake Macquarie near Sydney where I have a jetty for water operations from my back yard.
The fun-factor is even greater than I thought it would be! Can't get that grin off my face for a week everytime I come back from operating off the water.
Anyone from Australia interested in this amazing form of flying can contact me.
Contact: Dieter Stuempfl
Harry's Aventura II is outfitted with the 582, he has owned this aircraft for 3 years. It has over 185 hours and has flown to Oshkosh and back.
"I operate in the panhandle of Florida and it is a blast." - Harry
Friends David Curtis and Mike McKusick built Aventura UL's together in 1996. "We both had very little experience building and helped each other, and that made it a real fun project", said David. Mike has since moved on to an Aventura II rebuild and is now starting to fly it. The pictures shown to the left are of David Curtis's Aventura. The project was started the end of January 1996 and was in the air June 1996. The build time was 220 hours because of the custom features added to the aircraft.
The first picture is Dick Smothers (of the Smothers Brothers) going over my Aventura. Dick and Tommy Smothers showed up at our club fly in near Flint Michigan a couple of years ago. They were performing locally and they both have an aviation interest. Dick Smothers on the right and myself on the left.
My Aventura UL is #0008 with a 447 with an Ivo prop. Electric start is the latest addition... great for restarts on the water. Michigan has a lot of lakes, making the Aventura the perfect ultralight.
Contact: David Curtis
This 2001 Aventura 11 was a "new" factory demo purchased by Rick Dean just before Oshkosh in 2001. It now has almost 170 hours and is mostly flown all around the East and Central Florida area. Rick keeps it hangared near his home, at the Merritt Island Airport, conveniently located just 5 miles from the Rockledge factory.
The plane is loaded with all the options, including a 912ULS engine, doors, landing lights, Kevlar hull, 18 gallon fuel tank, BRS 1200 ballistic chute, Garmin 295 GPS, and Bendix-King radio and Garmin transponder with mode "C" encoding, to allow flights through most all airspaces. With it's neon orange and blue sunburst color scheme, it's easily seen by other traffic.
Rick previously had a Cessna 172, but got bored doing touch and gos at airports. As an ultralight flight instructor, he also had a 2-seat Quicksilver ultralight trainer on floats, which was a lot of fun, but limited in range and to more restricted wind conditions. He has found his Aventura II amphib. to be the best of all worlds. "You can land almost anywhere, yet still travel some distance. I love this plane. Everyone who flies with me, no matter what experience they may have in advanced aircraft is, without exception, amazed at how much fun this plane is. I always have a waiting list of regular pilots, flight instructors and airline pilots who want to go flying with me."
Contact: Rick Dean
This is a picture of Bill Suchner and his Aventura on Handy Lake, Michigan. Bill finished building his UL version this summer (2002) and says he is having a blast flying off the many lakes in his area. "Building her was a challenge but with the help of a few friends I managed to pull it off. Flying the plane has been wonderful. She cruises 55 to 60 mph and its nice to finally have a windshield." said Bill.
Contact: Bill Suchner
This Aventura II was built by Eduardo A. Volpe for his friend Chapete from Buenos Aires, Argentina. This Aventura was completed in 1997, and now has flown over 500 hours. The wings are a polyester cover, painted with urethane. The aircraft is powered by the Rotax 912 S.
Contact: Eduardo Volpe
Built in 1998 this single seat Aventura HP is powered with the Rotax 503 DCDI (factory maintained), with 253 total hours on both the engine and airframe. This aircraft includes features like:
Electric start, Oil injection, Ceramic coated exhaust, Electric flaps, Oversize wheels, BRS 750 parachute, Strobe, Front hatch, Bilge pump, Intake silencer and after muffler, IVO adjustable 3 blade prop, Electric and vacuum fuel pumps, ASI, VSI, Alt, dual CHT & EGT, fuel, compass, Hobbs, dual tachs, Removable doors - fly all winter, Rear storage compartment, Always hangered or covered.
Built by Larry Kent of Gaylord Michigan. Larry & his son Josh both enjoy flying their Aventura II off local area lakes. Their Aventura II was completed in the summer of 2000. This Aventura II is powered with the Rotax 582.
This Aventura II is loaded with options like: electric start, electric flaps, BRS, strobes and nav lights, custom decaling, sunburst wing design, A full body paint job done to match the wings, complete instrumentation, removable doors, front hatch, 18 gallon fuel tank, and a horn for buzzing the beach!
"This plane is a must have for anyone that likes the water!"
This is Sal Capra's Aventura II. Sal built his Aventura in his garage over a three month period, taking a total of 234 hours to complete. It is powered by a Rotax 912-UL 4 cylinder 4 stroke engine and uses auto fuel and oil.
Some of the upgrades were, baggage trays, rear side windows, VSI, upgraded tires, 912 w/engine cowling, IVO magnum prop, fuel gauge, and front hatch.
Contact: Sal Capra
Built by Steve Bensinger of the Ann Arbor Michigan area. Steve Completed his Aventura II in the summer of 1996.
Steve has a fairly full VFR panel including: Compass, Airspeed Indicator, Vertical Speed Indicator, Altimeter, Airband VHF Radio , CB Radio, Engine Information System that reads out 9 different readings, Various Switches, Fuses, and Indicator Lights.
Owner Dan Schmidt (Florida) finished building this Aventura II in late 2005. This plane has been featured on the cover of the July, '06 issue of Kit Plane magazine. With custom striping and a wood veneer dash and lathe turned wooden knobs, this plane always turns heads.
"Owning and flying my own plane has been a life-long dream. Thanks to Jim Ratte of Recreational Mobility and Bob Boswell of Aero Adventure for helping me realize that dream, and to my wife, Ellen, for putting up with my obsession. Water flying in N511DS can best be described by one word: Fun!"
My single place Aventura hp with Hirth 2704, I have owned for about 6 years and live in Winter Haven Fl.
Ron Gardner and his wife Nancy built their AV II at home in Merritt Island FL (just a few miles south of Kennedy Space Center) in about a year of weekends. N824RG first took to the air in December 2006 powered by a Rotax 912 ULS, and now has over 500 hours on it. The aircraft has picked up many of the options that became available over the years, including hydraulic differential disc brakes and electric gear actuation. The plane now "lives" at Arthur Dunn Airpark in Titusville, FL, just a few miles from the St Johns River and countless lakes and ponds that serve as the world's best Aventura playground. Ron sometimes takes his inflatable kayak along to do a little quiet paddling in some of the out of the way places only available to a small amphib like the Aventura.
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