From:Dave M
Subject:RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: Heath Henderson Date:Mon Feb 18 09:01:57 2013
Response to:4575
We could build a twin engine parasol and then you could be co-pilot!

Hey Dave, I'll pack your parachute if you leave me your Henderson in your will!

The reason I asked...

For years now I have been involved in the Henderson community. I will love
those old bikes 'till they thro me in the hole. I have had all kinds of
experiences to reflect on. Some good some bad and of course some
catastrophic. The "good" part has always out-weighed all the bad by 100
times. If I ever have to sell my deluxe (first born), one of you guys please kill

Amazingly, sometimes I do think about other things. I have an ever increasing
interest in flying and getting my pilot's licence. I also have a stong interest in
building at least one small aircraft as my shop would be well suited.

I have a lot of confidence in my Henderson engine building technique and
combination that I have developed after all those miles. I do believe, done
right, with the right modifications, and a little modern magic that most of
todays Hendersons sport in those engine cases these days, the Henderson
engine could absolutely still be used for this purpose. No different than as it
was believed nearly a century ago.

WHAT IF...???

A death wish? perhaps...

There are probably only 1 or 2 air worthy Heath Parasols out there with
Henderson engines. With only 20 hp on tap, I don't think I would trust one in
the air. We had one in the AMA museum years ago when we did the 4 cylinder
exhibit. The best way of locating one would be to contact the EAA,
Experimental Aircraft Association. I remember a short article in Homebuilt
Aircraft magazine when I was into throwing money down the toilet in years

I have catalogs for both Heath and Sensenig.


Does anyone know of a Henderson powered aircraft that is actually servicable?
I believe there is one in San Diego, Dean Salmens was envolved with it. Maybe
20 years ago, they actually flew the thing. I think it's in a museum down there.