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Forum Review

Each month, Experimenter will highlight a popular forum from the more than 500 forums and presentations that occur each year during EAA’s annual convention.

  • Dick Van Grunsven, founder of Van's Aircraft and designer of the Van's RV line of homebuilts, was in Oshkosh this week as part of a forum convened by EAA Chairman/President Tom Poberezny on the aviation industry. He also gave an EAA Webinar presentation Wednesday evening about the RV-12 light-sport aircraft kit plane - which drew 501 attendees! Watch the Webinar

  • Listen to Craig Barnett, owner of Scheme Designers, which creates paint designs for many types of aircraft including airliners, talk about designing a paint scheme. His company mostly specializes in individual aircraft designs, and he told the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 forum audience that he prefers a design that starts on a napkin.

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  • Listen to two interviews with Barnaby Wainfan, aircraft engineer, researcher, author, and inventor of innovative airplanes, as he talks with EAA Radio during AirVenture 2009. Wainfan talks about designing aircraft efficiency, including the first principle of efficiency, “Don’t annoy any air you don’t have to.”  Wainfan also talks about the notable engineering and design feats of WhiteKnightTwo, such as its twin-boom design.

  • Listen to George Mesiarick of LP Aero Plastics, Inc., a manufacturer of aircraft windshields and windows, present information on the materials used on windshields, windows, and lenses including the new UV-blocking acrylic sheet. George discusses working with acrylic and polycarbonate as well as the pros and cons of each, and the tools needed. He also discusses designing a window for ease of manufacture and keeping it within budget.

  • Listen to Experimenter Editor Patrick Panzera (an approx. 6.8 MB mp3 download) host a forum on Automobile Engine Conversions from July, 2008. The talk features attendees talking about their own engine conversion adventures.

  • Listen to Budd Davission (an approx. 9 MB mp3 download) discuss the basics of welding your aircraft.  His presentation covers types of welding, equipment, and tips and techniques. With a special emphasis on gas welding, this audio seminar will provide you with good information to get started on the path to welding your aircraft structure successfully.  More information about Budd is available at www.airbum.com.

  • Listen to Budd Davission (an approx. 30 MB mp3 download) discuss Picking A Homebuilt Design: How Do They Fly, How Do They Build
    Budd Davisson has logged over 6,000 hours, has been an active CFI for over 35 years teaching Pitts landings, has flown 250 different types, type rated B-25, P-38. In this forum at AirVenture 2008 he discusses the things to consider before selecting a design, what goes into building a plane, and questions you want to ask before buying any kit. Budd has published 2,000 plus articles, and is Editor-in-Chief Flight Journal magazine. He regularly contributes to Sport Aviation and many other EAA publications. He is also an aeronautical engineer. View his EAA AirVenture 2009 forums schedule here. You can visit Budd's website at http://www.airbum.com

  • Listen to Dennis Wolter (an approx. 57 MB mp3 download), founder of Air Mod, discuss human factors, aesthetics, and safety considerations regarding the interiors of homebuilt aircraft. Included in the discussion are the design and fabrication of ergonomic seats, installation of passenger restraints, soundproofing, and safety enhancements. Also presented are design options for side panels, armrests, and headliners, as well as thorough explanations for the installation of wood, steel tubing, sheet metal, and composite cabin structures. Wolter founded Air Mod, known as a premier interior renovation shop, in 1973.

  • Listen to Mark Townsend (an approx. 52 MB mp3 download), owner of Can-Zac Aviation Ltd., the Canadian distributor for Zenith Aircraft kits. Can-Zac’s owners are not only distributors of Zenith kits, but also active builders, often building from plans for their own personal planes and in prototype work.

  • Listen to Ron Alexander (an approx. 71 MB mp3 download), in a Forum presentation made in 2008, explain the in's and outs of how to paint your aircraft. His presentation will help you understand the process and make an informed decision on whether or not to do it yourself. Ron recently authored the book "How To Paint Your Own Airplane" which is published by EAA (#21-07052 $19.95) and is available at our online store.

    Ron began restoring antique airplanes in the mid 70's. He founded Alexander Aeroplane Company in 1979 and in 1993 developed a workshop program which became EAA's SportAir Workshops. In 1996, Alexander Aeroplane Company was sold to Aircraft Spruce and Specialty allowing Ron to focus on aviation education. He has over 20,000 hours flying time. He flies a J-3 Cub, Stearman, and DC-3 and recently retired from Delta Air Lines.


  • Listen to Greg Richter (an approx. 55 MB mp3 download), of Blue Mountain Avionics, in a forum presented at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 and follow along by reading Aircraft Wiring For Smart People (a 1.6 MB PDF download), Greg's a step-by-step guide to wiring your airplane simply, effectively, and inexpensively.

    Greg Richter grew up in central Georgia and picked up electronics early. He is a graduate of Georgia Tech holding a bachelor of electrical engineering degree and is a Grumman Aerospace scholar and a member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers). Richter has been involved in software, systems engineering, RF, analog and digital electronic design for more than 20 years. After building his own Cozy with a Mazda 13B turbo engine, he developed the highest performing EFIS (electronic flight information system) for small planes with Blue Mountain Avionics.


  • Listen to Jon Goldenbaum of Poly Fiber Aircraft Coatings explain the intricacies of fabric covering in this forum recorded during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. (LARGE FILE: 43 mb mp3; may take a long time to download)
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