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Pat Panzera

From the Editor

The Busy Time of Year

By Patrick Panzera, Editor – Experimenter, EAA 555743  

June, July, and August are the busiest time of the year for me. With my day job of designing homes for people who have the hope of moving in before Christmas, my commitment to attend various fly-ins (including EAA AirVenture) for various publications - including this one - as well as my normal writing and editing commitments, I certainly don't have time to fly much during flying season. But that's okay; getting out to the various shows and seeing new stuff, visiting with old and new friends, and potentially getting a little stick time is truly the reward I get for being immersed in aviation. I certainly look forward to meeting Experimenter subscribers each year, and with Arlington only a week away and AirVenture just two weeks after that, we might get to meet soon!

Arlington

Arlington Fly-In and Sport Aviation Convention
With Arlington, I won't be static; I'll be rummaging through the planes, looking for aircraft and the people who built them to write about. We'll be producing an image gallery right off the bat (most likely on EAA's Facebook page), with a full report on the event to follow in EAA's weekly electronic newsletter, e-Hotline. Any really cool stuff that I find will be published here in Experimenter. Click here for last year's report.

Brodhead
Next for me is the 36th Annual Pietenpol Fly-In and Hatz Fly-In (known simply as "Brodhead") held on July 22-24, 2011, the weekend before AirVenture.

This laid-back event is a great way to get things rolling for AirVenture. It's about 130 miles southwest of AirVenture and if low and slow is your thing, this is a must-attend event. Pay for dinner early, as they usually sell out.

AirVenture
At AirVenture I'll be located in the CONTACT! Magazine booth, located in Exhibit Hangar C (the one with the real bathrooms!), in Space 3107. I'll also be cruising the field looking for article fodder in the mornings and evenings, and for a few hours each day, I might get away to look at the other vendors.

On Saturday, July 30th, at 10 a.m., I'll be presenting a forum titled, "Converting Automobile Engines for Experimental Aviation" in Pavilion 5. I also plan to attend the Replica Fighter's Association dinner, as well as the Homebuilder's Dinner. Breakfast will usually start in the Ultralight area, where the Vintage Aircraft Association hosts a wonderful meal each day in the Tall Pines Café. They will be serving between 6:30 - 9:30 a.m., and it's a good excuse to visit the Ultralight area and watch the flights.

The balance of my time at AirVenture 2011 will be spent doing things as they come up, which they usually do! I normally get less than six hours of sleep each night before hitting the ground running, and I love it.

I hope to see you there!

For an interactive list of all events, and a great way to build your schedule, visit http://www.eaaapps.org/. 

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