RON SMITH COLLECTION
No. 12860. Bartoe Skyotė (N106DC c/n 23)
Photographed at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA, 1980, by Ron Smith

Bartoe Skyotė

09/30/2015. Remarks by Walter van Tilborg and Johan Visschedijk: "The Skyotė fully aerobatic single-seater was a design of Otto E. 'Pete' Bartoe of Clark, Colorado, USA, and the first example was built by Brad Davenport with an 85 hp Continental C85 engine. Registered NX8XX, this aircraft first flew on April 23, 1976 and later received a more powerful 118 hp Lycoming O-235-K2A emgine. The Skyotė had a metal construction, covered with fabric and was stressed for +8G and -6G.

The Skyotė was marketed for amateur construction (in plans form, although also wing kits were available) by Skyotė Aeromarine Ltd. and by early 1986 a total of sixty sets of plans were sold, and five additional aircraft had flown. Although the designer planned certification of the Skyotė, this was never completed. The design was withdrawn from the market temporarily in March 1986, due to the product liability situation in the USA. Later the Skyotė was marketed again, before being finally withdrawn from the market in October 2011. By mid-2015 fifteen aircraft had been completed (including one built in France, registered F-PRUQ), and these fitted with a variety of engines, such as an 85 hp Continental C85, 90-95 hp Continental C90, 100 hp Continental O-200-A, 118 hp Lycoming O-235, 125 hp Lycoming O-290.

The pictured aircraft was built by Donald R. Casper. After a total of 51 flying hours the aircraft was lost when the pilot could not recover it from a spiral shortly after takeoff from Creve Coeur Airport, Maryland Heights, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, on March 31, 1986. Donald Casper was killed, the aircraft destroyed."

Created September 30, 2015