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Web Site: www.thundergull.com
eMail: thundergul@aol.com
Address: 1615 Parkhill Rd
City: Santa Margarita, CA 93453 USA
Phone: (805) 438-5235
Fax: (805) 438-4938

  Earthstar -- eGull (electric power)
Mark Bierle is one of the most talented designers I have ever met. The modest, soft-spoken Californian makes a line of the best-flying and genuinely light aircraft in the USA. He's also worked in powerplant design and has now turned his agile mind toward electric power. We talk with him at some length about the advantages of electric-powered light aircraft and what Mark expects for the future.

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  $4.95 Earthstar's Odyssey
"Earthstar's Odyssey Continues" by Dan Johnson. Published in EAA Sport Pilot & Light Sport Aircraft Magazine, January, 2006.
 
Pilot Report begins: After flying many ultralight and light-sport aircraft, I've found the handling and performance characteristics of Earthstar Aircraft's machines suit me as well as or better than any others. With that said, let me tell you about some significant changes that may thrust this small California company into the mainstream of light-sport aviation. Mark Beierle created the Thunder Gull series of ultralights after working in the aerospace industry ... and being discouraged with the ultralights available
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  Sidebar Manufacturing Earthstar Aircraft in Israel, 01/01/2006
 
Sidebar begins: Avicom, Earthstar's new partner in building Odysseys and Gull 2000s, has been an importer and distributor of American-made aircraft in Israel for several years, but taking on the manufacturing of an aircraft is a different enterprise. Still, Avicom principles
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ThunderGull    Add to favorites list
Gull    Add to favorites list
  Earthstar -- eGull (electric power)
Mark Bierle is one of the most talented designers I have ever met. The modest, soft-spoken Californian makes a line of the best-flying and genuinely light aircraft in the USA. He's also worked in powerplant design and has now turned his agile mind toward electric power. We talk with him at some length about the advantages of electric-powered light aircraft and what Mark expects for the future.
  $8.95 Gull 2000
"Single-Seat Gull 2000" by Dan Johnson. Published in Light Sport and Ultralight Flying, January, 2001.
 
Pilot Report begins: In a flying world that seems to think a 2-seater is mandatory, Mark Beierle has released another single-place ultralight. And what a sweet ultralight it is. I love the Thunder Gull series of ultralights. When people ask me what I personally like of the hundreds of ultralights evaluated, the Thunder Gull always springs to mind (among a few other designs). My interests may not be your interests, but I'll bet most pilots would love to fly the Gull 2000. Offered for sale here in the new millennium, the
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  SPLOG Green Power -- Earthstar's All-Electric eGull, 03/02/2009
 
SPLOG begins: The hum of interest in electric-powered aircraft continues, a parallel to development of electric automobiles. Despite their woes all over the news, the auto industry is spending millions on electric power. In sharp contrast, electric airplane developments
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  SPLOG HKS Four-Stroke Engine is Back on the Market, 06/11/2014
 
SPLOG begins: A majority of pilots express a preference for four-stroke engines due to their lower noise signature, reduced fuel consumption, ease of fueling and other reasons. For larger aircraft, engines from Rotax, Continental, and Jabiru may be preferred choices
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  SPLOG Electricity In The Air!, 06/09/2010
 
SPLOG begins: All-electric airplane fans, this'll stand your hair on end! Next month's 2010 EAA Airventure at Oshkosh, WI - easily the biggest air show in America every year - will feature activities focusing on the most exciting developments in electric flight all
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