BD-6 Updates, Bede Family Foundation, and a New Website!
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The Latest and Greatest form Bedecorp!

Over the years Bedecorp has evolved with the aviation industry, but we never lost sight of what made us who we are today. As we wrap up 2015 we have undergone some big updates to the face of Bedecorp in the form of new media and a shiny new website, but we still offer the same great airplane designs you know and love from the brilliant team of designers and engineers inspired by Mr. Jim Bede himself.

We love cool pictures of cool airplanes! That being said we have added some great new shots of the BD-4C and the BD-17L to our new website, Keep an eye on our social media pages as well to get live updates on new material being added to the website.
New BD-4C at sunset.

From the Desk of Eric Ingraham;

With the recent unfortunate passing of Jim Bede my position with the company has undergone change. We have created the Bede Family Foundation; a 501c3 non-profit of which I am Vice-President.  My job is two- fold. The first part is searching out aircraft that can be obtained by the foundation. These aircraft can be donated, derelict, abandoned or otherwise non-airworthy aircraft that will be salvaged with the proceeds going toward the creation of educational opportunities for the youth of our communities.  The second part of my job entails finding schools or other non-profit organizations interested in taking on kit aircraft projects as teaching tools in their communities.

(The students and teacher taking delivery of their fuselage kit)

We recently donated our first kit to the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, PA. This STEM school is one of the top in the country and applied to the foundation in hopes of introducing an aviation component to their curriculum.

 We are also in discussions with the St Lucie County School district to find a suitable classroom for their kit.  

If you would like to make a donation to this worthy cause (money or aircraft), or wish to apply for a kit,  check us out at or give me a call at 772-284-4227.

The BD-17L is a fun and affordable option for first time builders! This single seat aircraft qualifies for the LSA category and is a perfect option for weekend fun and great for time builders!
 The BD-6 is a single seat, high wing aircraft, designed for cruise speeds of 150-170 mph with no more than 80 HP. The original BD-6 cruised at 150 mph with just 50 HP.  It was featured in Sport Aviation magazine in an article written by Paul Poberezny from his flight in the plane on April 22, 1974.  The prototype, N6BD, is undergoing restoration after having been caught in a flood in St. Louis in the 90’s.  Since the resurrection of the BD-6 project that began in early 2013, numerous plans have been sold and several planes are being crafted.  By the end of 2016, there should be at least 4 BD-6 aircraft flying. Kits for the 6 are currently available as well as builder assistance.  Please check the website for more information.

-Tim Becker
Lead Engineer
From Camera's to Airplanes: New Bedecorp Team Member Dan Harriger

It seems like a stretch, but over the past few years I've gone from filming television commercials and independent films to flying airplanes and now offering both of those skill sets to the legendary Bedecorp. Growing up I always had an interest in making movies, but I was also always surrounded by aviation.  Born on Homestead Airforce Base, I soon moved with my family to Atlanta, Georgia where my father worked for Delta Airlines. I got into media production 10 years ago and I love it, but I grew up with airplanes and finally decided to change careers to my first love several years ago and get my pilot license. Now I spend my work days promoting the great aircraft kits manufactured by Bedecorp, and I'm even lucky enough to fly them weekly all over the country. Going from Cessna 172's to the BD-4C was quite a change, and I'd be lying if I said it didn't catch me off guard at first. The BD-4C is substantially faster, and feels much more precise while moving through the air. The speed and maneuverability were something completely new to me for the first few hours, but quickly became second nature. After flying the BD-4 for 30 hours, getting back in the 172 feels like going from a Camaro to a Malibu. Its an amazing aircraft and I'm looking forward to flying it more and more.

That being said, going forward I'm going to be bringing flying stories, pictures and video of the Bede line-up to you through our website and social media pages, so keep an eye on plenty of updates from Bedecorp.
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