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2007 December 07

Seabee News Update

N6267K Photo: Dan StroeingJohn Greeff - Bernie L'Hirondelle recently wrote to Bruce Hinds of "Seabee Newsletter" to tell of the loss of his good friend John Richard Greeff (68).  He writes...  I'd like to advise you John passed away at home November 12 after a 6 month battle with cancer....if you'd like more information on John's passing you can reach me at and if you would please maybe post something in your next newsletter advising everyone to what's happened with John... Also the Bee (N6267K, s/n 477) will continue to live in a nice hanger in Victoria BC and fly the skies and lakes of BC as John wanted...

John was diagnosed with cancer in May and spent the summer and early fall undergoing some very severe chemo therapy, by the end of October it was obvious that all the treatments had failed and death was inevitable. I took him home on October 29 and we had an incredible week. I made him fly me in the 310 around the Yelm area and we went for drives and had the chance to talk at length about our lives and all the neat things we'd done individually as well as together. This is something that has made his passing a little more bearable, not many people have the chance to do that... At the end of about the 9th day he took a turn and went downhill very quickly being pretty much bed ridden and sleeping the majority of the time. On day 14 from the hospital he passed away quietly at 2 in the afternoon.

John was one of the driving forces behind Jack Daubenspeck's Lycoming GO-480 engine conversions during the 1970s, and he also owned the first Daubenspeck converted Seabee, N87586 (s/n 143). All Seabee enthusiasts are saddened by the loss of a dear friend and a devoted Seabee owner.  R.I.P.


Photo:Dan ScovilleLost Seabee Found After 50 Years!Lac Simon, Quebec - A Republic RC-3 Seabee has been found in the deep waters of Lac Simon, Quebec. The discovery ends the mystery of this lost aircraft that has endured for fifty years.  On November 21st, 1957 four men and a hunting dog disappeared with the airplane, when a Seabee flying the hunters crashed and disappeared in bad weather.  A substantial search and rescue operation was conducted to locate the aircraft which focused on Lac Simon, Quebec, Canada.  Even with the use of electronic search equipment, grappling hooks and SCUBA divers, the plane and its occupants could not be found. Over the past fifty years the mysterious disappearance of the Seabee aircraft turned to legend in the Lac Simon area. Now, 2007, Guy Morin and Chris Koberstein finally located the aircraft using modern sophisticated side scanning sonar equipment.  Read more...


ZS-ORX Sold From Africa to Canada - From South Africa Mark Becker reports that they finally sold the sole Seabee in Africa.  ZS-ORX (s/n 261) was operated from Cape Town, South Africa, for a few years and appeared in a number of TV commercials and even a cinema horror movie "The Breed" and TV film "Supernova" starring Peter Fonda.  S/n 261 was crated in the end of July and shipped by container vessel from South Africa to new owner in Canada.  Bill of Sale is dated 30 May 2007.  Last flight in South Africa was made on 31 March 2007.  The new owner is "2127840 Ontario Limited"... Anyone who knows who the persons behind this company is?

Mark Becker is now focusing his attention on his company "Marketing Media", a Cape Town based high definition TV (HD video) production company. They specialize in producing marketing movies for promotional use on television, trade shows, marketing presentations and on the web.  However, Mark is still an avid and adventurous aviation enthusiast!  Together with friends, he has produced two fantastic documentary style films about flying ultralights (trikes) in beautiful Africa.

Their first film 'Flying the fish' was a documentary style film soaring over the rarely seen geography and geology of Southern Africa and its vast wild areas. Testing the bonds of friendship as the team face the dangers associated with unpredictable weather, solving unanticipated mechanical problems, and sleeping and surviving in the great open spaces of Africa.

Visit  or click here to watch a preview of their latest production.  Three friends, two trikes and one vast African continent.  'Flying the falls' is a Hi-Definition adventure documentary that explores Southern Africa from the unique vantage point of open cockpit aircraft.

'Flying the Falls' currently in post production and due for release shortly. This remarkable adventure filmed in the new High Definition format tells the tale of their trip through the contrasting wetlands of Northern Namibia. From the Etosha Pan, along the Caprivi strip to the Victoria Falls in Zambia. Here the wildlife roams free and is captured from both the air and from the water.


Seabee N335G for sale!N335G For Sale On eBay - Seabee N335G (s/n 808) is currently listed on eBay auctions for sale.

1947 Republic RC-3 water and land... All original B9F Franklin 215 HP engine... 2 ft wing tip extensions... Wide spray rails... Big Cleveland brakes... Quick change landing gear... Tailwheel update... New propeller pitch cables... Quick change oil plug... Rubber tank... Rear sump... 3..500 gal bilge pumps... Strobe in tail... Gascolator... Carb heat box rebuilt... Recent fuel pumps... 2 propellers reversing... Rebuilt starter and generator... Trim tail rod new... Plane is complete... Needs TLC... Hydraulic pump rebuilt... Flaps/gear... 2380 TT... Great to restore /and fly...  Great investment... Owner motivated... 847-529-7002 (John)... 847-542-2346 (Kelly)... also NO CORROSION!

"Buy Now" price is USD 41,000,-.  The seller is also accepting reasonable offers... The auction is ending on December 12, 2007 17:50:14 PST.

2007 February 02

Seabee and Air Car Accidents

Photo: Ron Judy N6248K - Several correspondents have reported that Seabee N6248K (s/n 455) made an emergency landing near Julian, California, after the propeller separated from the aircraft on Friday, February 02.

According to the reports, the Seabee lost the propeller about half an hour after it took off from a public airfield 10 miles east of San Diego, CA. The plane was en route to Lake Mead, NV, and made a hard landing in rural field in Julian, San Diego County, about 60 miles northeast of San Diego.

Neither of the two men on board was injured, although the passenger was taken to a hospital for a precautionary evaluation.  The damage to the Seabee was substantial according to early FAA reports.

According to FAA Registry, N6248K is owned by Mr. Richard L. Essery of El Cajon, California, and has a unidentified Lycoming engine conversion.

NTSB Preliminary Report LAX07LA078:

On February 2, 2007, about 1135 Pacific standard time, a Republic RC-3, N6248K, made a forced landing following the separation of the hub and propeller assembly from the crankshaft flange near Julian, California. The owner/pilot was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 91. The commercial pilot and one passenger were not injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage. The cross-country personal flight departed Gillespie Field Airport (SEE), El Cajon, California, about 1100, with a planned destination of Lake Mead, Nevada. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The approximate global positioning system (GPS) coordinates of the primary wreckage were 33 degrees 04 minutes north latitude and 116 degrees 38 minutes west longitude.

The pilot reported that during cruise flight the hub assembly and propeller departed from the crankshaft flange, and fell from the airplane. The pilot made a forced landing to an open field about 2 miles west of Julian, during which the airplane's landing gear collapsed.

An examination of the crankshaft flange revealed no apparent damage. All of the propeller attachment bolts had fractured. The hub assembly and propeller were recovered from private property for follow-up examinations.

Any additional information and photos from the visitors to this website are most welcome.  Please contact webmaster. [Photo: Julien Moerenhout]


Air Car N41RH N41RH - It is with great sadness reports have reached us that both people aboard were killed when experimental amphibian Spencer S-12D Air Car (s/n 109) N41RH crashed Friday afternoon, February 02.

Iowa City resident Blane Anderson, 34, 1019 Second Ave., was piloting the plane when it crashed about 2:40 p.m. Friday south of Grinnell Regional Airport. A passenger, identified by the Poweshiek Sheriff's Office as Joshua James Reynolds, 35, of Iowa City, also was killed in the crash.

No further information is currently available on the cause of the crash, which occurred about 20 minutes away from Iowa City. William Owen, the Grinnell Airport's manager, said Friday the airport handles about 12 flights a day and said conditions were cold and clear. However, he did not know if weather contributed to the crash.

According to a statement from Anderson's family, the Spencer Air Car had experienced mechanical difficulties on its way from  Seattle.  Anderson, the chief pilot for Iowa City-based Jet Air, Inc., and a courier for the Organ Donor Network, and Reynolds had flown there January 23 to pick up the plane for Reynold's father, Jim Reynolds, who recently had purchased it from the estate of James W. Osborne, Federal Way, WA.  They had mechanical difficulties along the way, and were forced to wait in Twin Falls, Idaho, for five days while they waited for parts, said Morelli, who is a Press-Citizen reporter.

They stopped in Rawlins, Wyoming, Thursday night, and continued flying Friday, stopping for fuel in North Platte, Nebraska, before continuing their flight, Morelli said. Anderson had called his wife, Heidi, about 2:30 p.m. to let her know he would be in Iowa City at 3 p.m.

"He called here in the afternoon, and said could I go (to the Iowa City Airport) with the kids to pick him up," Heidi Anderson said in the family statement. "But he didn't show up. I thought maybe he was running behind."

Later the new owner has informed that the annual was completed immediately before the flight, with a new prop installed. The plane flew almost 2,000 miles before it crashed. The only difficulty was a generator that was replaced, along with a mechanical fuel pump in Idaho. The plane left Rawlins, Wyoming after a 20 + below night at 6,000 + feet, and started and flew without incident until less than a 1/2 hour from home.

Carson Blane Anderson is survived by his, wife Heidi, 6-year-old twins Ruby Jo and Eli and daughter, 14-month-old daughter RosaMae and his parents, Gene and Joy Anderson; a sister, Kiki Anderson(Coy) Chanders and two nieces of Lafayette, Colorado; his maternal grandparents, Robert and Harriette Rayman of Elberon; his paternal grandparents Winifred and Fred Harris of Burlington; three uncles and aunts, seven cousins and Lincoln, his faithful dog.

Joshua J. Reynolds is survived by his loving wife Monica and their pets Tommy, Io, Juno, Wig and Ficus; sister, Liz Reynolds of Minneapolis; brother, John Reynolds & his wife Christina and their children,Lilly and Eva, all of Iowa City; brother David Horan & his wife Michelle and their children Maggie and John, all of Edina, Minnesota; his father James Reynolds and his wife Judie of Naples, Florida; brother in law Bruce Dalton and his wife Diane and their children Maggie, Isabelle and Josie, all of Cedar Rapids; his father & mother in law, Ed & Sandra Dalton of Burlington, Iowa; numerous close aunts, uncles and cousins.


The Air Car was announced for sale December 2006. According to original advert: Airframe TT 2418 hrs; Continental 205hp, E-185-9 w/ Hartzell HC-82U20-3, TT 225 hrs; hangared in Renton, Washington; 2005 annual; radios and instruments in excellent condition. Annuals performed by local A&P/AI with intimate knowledge of the airplane.  Estate sale, as is asking $39,500 or best offer.  

Additional Information: Built by R. V. Hallburg, completed in 1975 and sold to Jim Osborne in 1988. Empty weight is 2300 lbs, useful load 950 lbs, four place, intercom, stainless control cables; Cessna main gear; 205hp @ TO, 185 hp continuous; electric flaps 35 deg full; fiberglass 30 gal aux tank wing floats, Narco 11A and Narco T50A w/mode C; droop tips; estimated fuel flow 10 gph at 75% power; polyurethane paint; EAA service manual, engine ops manual; full set of blueprints. Has a propeller AD outstanding, needs annual.


NTSB Preliminary Report CHI07LA062:

On February 2, 2007, about 1444 central standard time, an experimental amateur-built Amphibian S21D, N41RH, received substantial damage on impact with terrain during landing following a loss of engine power near Grinnell, Iowa. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The 14 CFR Part ferry flight was not operating on a flight plan. The pilot and passenger sustained fatal injuries. The flight last departed from North Platte, Nebraska, about 1030, en route to Iowa City, Iowa.


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