Experimenter Sports New Look, Continues Mission
Guest Editorial by EAA Manager of Electronic Publications, Fareed Guyot, EAA 388642, firstname.lastname@example.org
It is clear from member response that Sport Aviation is EAA’s most popular publication. While dedication to our banner print publication is strong, members have also embraced EAA’s newest electronic publications, or e-newsletters. We’re pleased that you, as a reader of Experimenter, like this new format. As the cost of print publications continues to rise, electronic publications serve as an effective vehicle for deep and focused coverage of EAA’s various interest groups that the broad-based Sport Aviation cannot.
Go Wide - Go Deep
A year ago, EAA hired me to manage its cadre of electronic publications, now numbering eight distinct titles including the weekly e-Hotline and, of course, Experimenter. Experimenter Editor Pat Panzera asked me to briefly introduce some of the staff that brings you EAA’s online news content. I work with a dedicated group of editors, each focusing solely on a particular newsletter, such as Harold Cannon for EAA Warbirds of America’s Briefing , or Dan Grunloh for EAA’s Light Plane World.
In addition to our online periodicals, News Editor Ric Reynolds and I produce content for EAA’s two main websites, EAA.org and AirVenture.org. All newsletter and website news content are maintained by Web Content Administrator, Suzanne Delrow. A complete list of all EAA newsletters can be found here, where you can subscribe for free. (The weekly e-Hotline is free benefit available only to EAA members.)
In terms of reader engagement, Experimenter is EAA’s strongest monthly newsletter. Twenty months ago EAA launched Experimenter to focus on its core: builders, designers, and flyers of homebuilt aircraft. Readers have grown to appreciate Experimenter’s detailed insights, information, and ideas. Credit for the heart and soul of the newsletter goes to Editor Pat Panzera, a devoted builder/enthusiast who revels in the details of projects, innovations, and designs. Also editor of his own homebuilding print periodical, CONTACT! Magazine, Pat is uniquely connected with the community.
The Depth and Breadth of EAA Publications
Experimenter’s success has provided an opportunity to generate additional support. Currently a free publication sustained solely by the support of the EAA Membership, we changed from a two-column to a one-column format this month to accommodate paid advertisements. (You may have noticed a new look.) The format change will eventually migrate to most of our other titles; however, advertisements will be designed to blend as smoothly as possible with the newsletter content without compromising editorial integrity. We invite you to let us know your thoughts about the new format of Experimenter. Please take a moment to complete a survey.
Submitting to EAA Publications
Pat can’t possibly find all the stories by himself from his home base in California. In Oshkosh we’re similarly challenged by not always being able to see just how great your project or that of a fellow builder is coming along. We need your stories, ideas, and builder-related news so that we can share your local triumphs with the world. Whether it is a finished project, one in progress, or an interesting modification, Experimenter is the place to tell everyone about it. We’ll cheer the loudest for you.
The best voice is your own voice. Write like you talk – as though you were having a conversation with someone or writing an e-mail. Do not try to guess what the reader would like to read, just say what is on your mind. To the reader it will be much more authentic. Let us decide if your article is “fit to print.” An article may not be right for Experimenter but may work in one of our other publications - electronic or print.
E-mail submissions are preferred. Do not send .pdfs unless they are a reference for an article. Also, please send photos or images as attachments in separate e-mails - do not “embed” them in an e-mail document. E-mail your submissions to email@example.com
Fareed Guyot is EAA’s manager of electronic publications. He oversees one weekly and eight monthly electronic newsletters that serve the various interests of EAA members. Fareed also directs news content for EAA’s websites and oversees EAA Radio, which began year-round operations in 2009.
Fareed began volunteering at EAA AirVenture parking homebuilt airplanes in 1994, then started EAA Radio in 1996 to serve attendees and the wider membership and enthusiasts around the world. While working as a general aviation professional pilot, Fareed has been very active in EAA circles serving as newsletter editor for EAA chapters 18 and 22 – he was once president of Chapter 22. Fareed joined the EAA staff in September 2009.
Fareed Guyot has a BS in Aviation/Professional Flight from St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, and has been professional pilot since 1997. He is type rated in the CJ3, Gulfstream II, King Air 350, and Hawker 800XP. Fareed (aka “Afterburner Al”) has been a public radio journalist since 1994, including two years as regional host of NPR’s All Things Considered on Northwest Public Radio in Pullman, Washington. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.