The Giles G-202

Chuck Firth

Originally published January 1997

Giles G-202

Dave Vanhoy and Howard Judd were our featured speakers for December. Dave and Howard are the proud owners of a new Giles G-202 kit. Dave got things started while Howard debriefed a KC-10 mission earlier in the day.

Dave explained the G-202 is a two place version of the Giles G-200 that has been available since 1992. The G-200 and G-202 are offered by AkroTech Aviation, located in Troutsdale, Oregon, a small community just outside Portland. Kit prices, according to my copy of the December KitPlanes magazine, are $45,500 for the G-200 and $56,500 for the G-202. The kits are complete with basic instruments, although no engine is provided.

Both Dave and Howard were looking for a design that would allow for a combination of competition-level aerobatics and cross-country flying (not necessarily at the same time) at an affordable operating cost. Dave is the owner of a Pitts Special, and at 150 hp. felt it was underpowered for the kind of flying he wanted to do. At first, the order of business was go places, then aerobatics. After getting a look at the G-202, it became aerobatic, then go places.

From the spec's, the G-202 looks like the right combination. The G-202 is an advanced composite (carbon fiber) monoplane that can compete as an unlimited aerobat. Top speed is 253 mph with a Lycoming IO-360 up front. Cruise is about 200 mph with a range of 900 sm. Performance is also good. Climb is 2500 fpm on a standard day, and from a Sun and Fun video of Wayne Handley flying the G-202 shown during the presentation, it's clear the aircraft is nimble and responsive. Crisp rolls and very quick loops were plentiful. As Dave put it, it's reckless abandon capable: a plane that doesn't limit the pilot in any way.

Howard arrived from his debrief and was able to narrate a short video about the kit's arrival at his house in Rosamond. One very large box on the back of a flatbed trailer delivered curb side. Now what? Small problem of getting from the curb to garage and inside. Think about it overnight. Hey, the Egyptians solved problems like this. Needless to say, it got up the drive and through the door, barely, and was uncrated. The only casualty was one clutch. Dave and Howard will offer the box as the Project Police guest house on future visits.

We were also able to get a look at the kit parts for the vertical stabilizer. The carbon fiber is a high temperature pre-preg composite and consequently very light. The fuselage is a pure monocoque without welded steel components of any kind. Factory work includes all key alignments and cures. The builder does structural bonds using Hysol adhesives that cure at ambient temperature.

According to the books, Dave and Howard have about 1200 hours of build time in front of them. What's your bet a few more hours will be required? The plane looks like a lot of fun and the project will be a good one. We'll give them a grace period and then schedule a visit to, you know, help.


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