“The beast”

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QAM thanks Graham Schott & Family for the donation of this aircraft.

Graham Schott, who served for many years as President of the Caloundra Aero Club, commenced construction of the aircraft to the ABBA version 5 specification with optional nose wheel. The aircraft was built under Graham's house in Brisbane under the supervision of his wife Sue and the Sport Aircraft Association of Australia. The aircraft is built from wood and fibreglass. Installation of a Continental engine required input from noted aviation design engineer Bill Whitney. Originally there was no electrical system so the engine had to be hand-started. The radios were powered by a battery which was charged by a solar panel. Subsequently the aircraft was fitted with an electrical system.

Registered VH-XXS in the Experimental Category to Graham Schott, Shelly Beach, Qld. This registration was chosen by the builder as it represents Extra Extra Small.

The aircraft was flown for the first time (under a 101-28 permit to fly) in the hands of Barry Hempel. Test flying revealed that the brakes were inadequate for the nose wheel configuration.

Graham Schott did four circuits with Barry Hempel and then flew the aircraft solo.

The aircraft was a regular visitor to fly-ins and airshows in south-east Queensland. Graham and Sue flew the aircraft as far afield as Horn Island in the north, Melbourne in the south and west to Mount Isa. The aircraft was affectionately known as "The Beast" although this name was never painted on the aircraft.

Graham Schott took the aircraft to the Avalon Air Show.

Graham Schott flew the aircraft to meet Wirraway VH-WIR which was arriving on delivery to QAM. QAM member Stewart Myers flew as passenger/photographer.

Graham Schott offered to donate the aeroplane to QAM on the condition that it is not flown.

Graham Schott passed away.

The aircraft was handed over to QAM by Graham's family.

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly
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Compiled By Ron Cuskelly


Added a recent image thanks to Angelo Calleja.

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