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From the Editor

Golden West Regional Fly-In

Alternative Engine Round-Up

By Patrick Panzera, Editor Experimenter, EAA 555743

Patrick Panzera

The fly-in season is in full swing. There are hundreds of events listed on the EAA Calendar of Events, and even more that aren't listed. With EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 a couple months away, there is still much to do before and after The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, and one of those events I'd like to personally invite you to is the Golden West Regional Fly-In at Marysville, California, especially if you're a fan of alternative engines and grassroots experimental aviation.

In the May 2011 issue of Experimenter, we announced the new addition of the Alternative Engine Round-Up to the list of events taking place at the Golden West Regional Fly-In. It was the first year for this change, as all previous Round-Ups were either held at Jean, Nevada, or the Laughlin-Bullhead International Airport across the Colorado River from Laughlin, Nevada. There were mixed emotions over the change, but all in all, it was a successful move.

For those not familiar with the Round-Up, it's a gathering of experimenters interested in exploring engine options for powering homebuilt aircraft. Throughout the day there are various forum presentations on a variety of subjects pertaining to alternative engines, and those who have "been there, done that" will be on hand to answer your questions. You'll get to see and hear these engines run, and with a little luck, could get some stick time to help you make up your mind. It's a very informal event that takes place in a roomy and well-shaded hangar, equipped with plenty of chairs and a quality sound system.

Joe Horvath
Joe Horvath of Revmaster Aviation
Joe Horvath
Revmaster Aviation’s race vehicle
Joe Horvath
The Revmaster R-2300 engine on display outside the Alternative Engine Round-Up
Lee Apaka’s RV-7
Lee Apaka’s RV-7, Subaru with Bud Warren’s propeller speed reduction unit

So for 2012, the Alternative Engine Round-Up will again be held during the Golden West Regional Fly-In, on Saturday, June 9. And as with last year, if you're willing to fly in with an aircraft that uses an "alternative engine" and are willing to put your airplane on display with the others powered by noncertified engines, you and the occupants of the plane will be allowed to attend the fly-in free of charge.

If you're flying in with an aircraft powered by a Subaru, Corvair, Rotary, Viking, or any other auto conversion and would like to display your aircraft or present a forum (or even if you're currently building an aircraft and can only bring it on a trailer), please click here for the details, including flying and driving directions.

Dave Gall
David Gall with his Corby Starlet prepares to depart by calling the tower
Pat Panzera
EAA Experimenter Editor and CONTACT! Magazine Publisher Pat Panzera

This offer is also extended to those who have an experimental (data plate removed) hot-rod Lycoming, Continental, or any number of noncertified, non-auto conversion engines (UL, Jabiru, Hirth, HKS, DeltaHawk, etc.). We consider these as "alternative engines," too.

The catch? Absolutely none. This is how we give back to the alternative engine and homebuilt community and say thank you to the pioneers of alternative engines and auto conversions. Unfortunately, if you don't fly in with a qualifying aircraft, you'll have to pay the normal rate to attend the Golden West event, but there won't be any additional fee to attend the Round-Up.

And if you aren't familiar with the Golden West event in general, here's last year's report.

We really hope to see you there! And I pray that you and yours have a blessed fly-in season.


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