Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Andi Bourne

From the Ground Up A New Appreciation after 40 Years of Flying


Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Bob Thorne (back) and Erik Gullikson gluing patches to the fabric covering the right wing of their S-20 Raven two-seater airplane. They purchased the kit in December of 2014 and have put in more than 500 hours each since starting on it Feb. 2, 2015.

SEELEY LAKE - After more than 40 years of flying experience each, Seeley Lake residents Erik Gullikson and Bob Thorne are building their own two-seater plane, an S-20 Raven. During his career as an aircraft mechanic, Gullikson has done just about every step of the plane-building process, but never built one from start to finish. Thorne swore he would never fly anything he had worked on but that has changed working under Gullikson's guidance. While the average time to complete a home-built aircraft is 10 years, they hope to have the plane air-worthy by this summer.

After having his pilot's...

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