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From the Editor

Join Me at Sun 'n Fun

 

By Patrick Panzera, Editor Experimenter, EAA 555743

Patrick Panzera

March 1, 2012. That's the day I wrote this. It's also the beginning of the 2012 flying season, especially in the Central California area where I live. The trees are blooming, the crops are being planted, the sky is clear and blue, spotted with bright-white cumulous clouds topping out at 5,000 feet. And Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo is just 26 days away (less when you read this), which means I have a lot of work to do!

For the past 10 years (up until last year) as editor of CONTACT! Magazine, I had a vendor's booth at Sun 'n Fun but also volunteered in the forums area where I maintain a tent reserved for nothing but Alternative Engine presentations. Last year I dropped the booth and started concentrating on just the engine forum presentations.

And last year was the first year that the forums were moved from the hot, humid, dusty, (or muddy, as it was sometimes) white vinyl tents to the beautiful, civilized, air-conditioned classrooms inside the (then) newly dedicated high school building, equipped with cold drinking fountains and real bathrooms!

Talk about comfort! The rooms are set up as any classroom would be, with adult-sized student desks and chalkboards, and in this case, it's all pre-wired for PowerPoint presentations. Merely plug in your laptop to the supplied VGA cable, and everything else is already installed. It makes for some very nice forum presentations.


Corvair Engine guru William Wynne presented his 2011 Alternative Engine forum in the new, civilized, air-conditioned classroom in a building with real bathrooms and drinking fountains.

The students who are enrolled there at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) will be on hand to assist anyone who might have trouble finding a forum, or a room, or anything else. These kids are great, on par with the Civil Air Patrol, ROTC, or even Boy Scouts. Just good kids who love aviation. They are there to assist the real heroes, the volunteers who work all year long to make sure the educational forums run smoothly.


The dedicated behind-the-scenes crew responsible for ensuring things go well at the forums during the show.

My point of all this is to make sure you feel welcomed to the Alternative Engines forums I'll be hosting all week long in Classroom #10. Even if you aren't interested in alternative engines, pop by and say hello. To those of you who are used to seeing me in Hangar C, where I had my booth for the past decade, I won't be there this year. I'll either be in the Alternative Engines Classroom #10 or scouting for articles for inclusion in Experimenter.

The new CFAA building (click for map) is immediately adjacent to where the forums have resided for the past 6 to 8 years, directly across Doolittle Road from the Florida Air Museum.

And speaking of articles, if you have an experimental aircraft - or know of an experimental aircraft that needs to be featured in Experimenter - and it will be at the show, please e-mail me so that we can make arrangements for an interview and photo shoot.

See ya there!

Sun 'n Fun 2012 Forums Schedule


Tuesday, March 27
 
9 a.m. Patrick Panzera, CONTACT! Magazine All auto conversions - what's new, what's old, what works

10 a.m. Robert Helms, ULPower ULPower, UL260i 95 hp at 164 pounds

11 a.m.   Viking 110 Honda Fit conversion

12 p.m. Frank Porter, HKS Engines HKS 700T, four-stroke turbocharged 709-cc 77 to 80 hp at 127 pounds

1 p.m.   Viking 110 Honda Fit conversion


Wednesday, March 28
 
9 a.m. Robert Helms, ULPower UL Power, UL260i 95 hp at 164 pounds

10 a.m. Patrick Panzera, CONTACT! Magazine Elippse Propellers

11 a.m. Jeron Smith, Raven RotorCraft & ReDrives Converting Geo/Suzuki auto engines 60 to 115 hp for aircraft

12 p.m. William Wynne, The Corvair Authority 100-hp six-cylinder air-cooled Corvair engine

1 p.m. Mick Myal, CONTACT! Magazine Designing and installing tip tanks for your experimental aircraft


Thursday, March 29
 
9 a.m. Frank Porter, HKS Engine HKS 700T, four-stroke turbocharged 709-cc 77 to 80 hp at 127 pounds

10 a.m. Patrick Panzera, CONTACT! Magazine Revmaster, 85-hp R-2300 and 110-hp R-3000

11 a.m. William Wynne, The Corvair Authority 100-hp six-cylinder air-cooled Corvair engine

12 p.m. Jeron Smith, Raven RotorCraft & ReDrives Converting Geo/Suzuki auto engines 60 to 115 hp for aircraft

1 p.m. Bill Koleno, Titan Aircraft Auto Flight PSRU and Whirl Wind Propellers


Friday, March 30
 
9 a.m. Patrick Panzera, CONTACT! Magazine Revmaster 85-hp R-2300 and 110-hp R-3000

10 a.m. Tracy Crook, Real World Solutions Installing Mazda rotary and other alternative engines

11 a.m. William Wynne, The Corvair Authority 100-hp six-cylinder air-cooled Corvair engine

12 p.m. Jeron Smith, Raven RotorCraft & ReDrives Converting Geo/Suzuki auto engines 60 to 115 hp for aircraft

1 p.m. Scott Casler, Hummel Engines Two- and four-cylinder VW conversions


Saturday, March 31
 
9 a.m. Patrick Panzera, CONTACT! Magazine All auto conversions - what's new, what's old, what works

10 a.m. Robert Helms, ULPower ULPower, UL260i 95 hp at 164 pounds

11 a.m. Tracy Crook, Real World Solutions Flying the Renesis and other Mazda rotary engines

12 p.m. Bill Koleno, Titan Aircraft Auto Flight PSRU and Whirl Wind Propellers

1 p.m. Mick Myal, CONTACT! Magazine Designing and installing tip tanks for your experimental aircraft

I pray that you and yours have a safe and blessed 2012 flying season!

Pat Panzera
ppanzera@eaa.org

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