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Welcome to the June 2009 Issue of Experimenter

Weather and First Flights

Joe Norris

I’m frustrated. We are well into the month of June, and in the upper Midwest we’ve been suffering through weather that would be better suited to March or October. Good weather for working in the shop or hangar (if it’s heated), but not so good for flying.

And some folks around here are really looking forward to getting in the air! I have issued several airworthiness certificates to new homebuilts in the area, and the pilots of those aircraft are all chomping at the bit to get on with their Phase I flight testing. This is one of those times when cooler heads must prevail, though; builder/pilots can’t let their emotions drive their decision about making a first flight. It’s easy to convince yourself that it’s okay to go flying even though the weather is just “a little bit” worse than optimal. But if you think about what could happen if something doesn’t go as planned, I’m sure you’ll make the right decision to wait for a better day. Remember, Murphy does indeed exist, and he will show up for your flight testing!

On a happier note, we’re only a few weeks away from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and I think we’re going to have another great turnout of homebuilt aircraft. I hope you’re planning to bring yours!

See you in July!

Enjoy this month's issue!
- Joe Norris, EAA's Homebuilders Community Manager

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