EAA Experimenter - EAA's Homebuilders e-Newsletter
   
 
January 2009
  EAA Experimenter - EAA's Homebuilders e-Newsletter
 
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WELCOME!

Welcome to the first issue of Experimenter, a new electronic newsletter dedicated to homebuilding. It is EAA's newest member benefit. To continue receiving it monthly, you must request continued delivery. Do so now and you'll also receive a free bonus e-Book, Custom Aircraft Building Tips!

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Experimenter will provide technical articles, videos and tips for new, prospective, and experienced builders alike. It is also about sharing knowledge, information and ideas throughout the entire homebuilt community. The spirit of community is what helped EAA grow and what continues to make EAA strong!

So please share your stories, ideas, questions, building or flight-testing experiences, videos, photos… any information you feel will help fellow homebuilders. Our email address is Experimenter@eaa.org.

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A Message from EAA's Founder
EAA Founder Paul PobereznyWelcome to the inaugural issue of Experimenter. I am pleased that EAA is creating an electronic newsletter expressly for aircraft homebuilders and other innovators - those who design and build an aircraft using their own imagination, determination, and skill. The name of the newsletter is very appropriate. It was the name we selected for our first EAA newsletter back in February 1953. Of course, it wasn't electronic back then. My wife, Audrey, typed it and made copies from a hand-cranked mimeograph machine. Things certainly have changed!
But one thing that hasn't changed is the spirit, imagination, and determination of those who design, build, and fly homebuilt aircraft. My hope is that this newsletter will help that spirit, imagination, and determination flourish!

Paul H. Poberezny
Founder
Experimental Aircraft Association

To learn more about Paul Poberezny, read his bio.

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What Our Members are Building
What Our Members are BuildingOscar Zuniga first saw Marvin Barnard’s Flying Squirrel design in Experimenter magazine in the late 1990’s. It looked like an airplane he could build easier than the KR-2S he’d been ogling. Learn about the design and Oscar’s building experiences as he details his progress on this project.
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Meet the Editor - Patrick Panzera
Pat PanzeraI'd love to introduce myself by writing that I have a bazillion hours, every rating possible, military and airline stick time, that I'm a designated airworthiness representative (DAR), a tech counselor, the winner of any number of prestigious EAA and military awards, and that I've designed, built, and flown my own experimental aircraft as well as several other types. But the truth is, none of that is even close to correct.  Read more
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John Steere’s Supercharged
Thunderbird Powered BD-4
BD-4John Steere has been flying his BD-4 since the year 2000. It’s powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 engine from a 1990 Thunderbird Super Coupe. Follow along as John details how he converted the engine, developed the cooling and exhaust systems, and modified the induction system for a grand total of $7,000 invested. As he says, “…a pretty good value for a new engine with 21st century controls rated at 210 hp.”  Read more
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Is There a Spark-Ignited
Heavy Fuel Engine in Your Future?
Spark-Ignited Heavey Fuel EngineWith today's fuel prices, imagine that you are able to pull your aircraft up to the Jet A pump to save a little on your expenses. The concept is tantalizing, although t is nothing new. To help the war effort during World War II, some farmers switched over to kerosene after getting their tractors' engines warmed up.  Read more
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How To . . .
Fuel Tank Bonding and Grounding for Composite AircraftFuel Tank Bonding and Grounding for Composite Aircraft
And some really good information for the rest of us
Most of what's written on the subject of fuel tank bonding is good information but doesn't address the issue from the viewpoint of the composite aircraft designer/builder. Here's some information to think about.  Read more
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Meet Joe Norris
Joe NorrisEAA's Homebuilders Community Manager
I grew up on a cranberry farm in central Wisconsin. Several neighbors had light aircraft, and a few had airstrips on their property, so it was always easy to be around airplanes and airplane people. Read more
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Homebuilder Gallery of the Month
The February issue of EAA Sport Aviation magazine features a story about building plans-built aircraft. View a photo gallery of various plans-built aircraft.
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From the Archives
Sport Aviation, August 1983
How to Bend Tubing Successfully,
by Tony Bingelis
Read the article
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Questions and AnswersQ&A
Got a question? Send them to us at Experimenter@eaa.org.
Whether your building, restoring, or just an enthusiast. we want to know what has you stumped.

Q: I can't find information on how much radius is permitted with a 1/8-inch cable for various diameters of pulleys. Do you know where I can look for this info? I want to have a 1/8-inch cable change direction by 90 degrees. How large should the diameter of the pulley be?

A: There seems to be very little specific info available on your question, so it took a bit of digging to find a published reference. But one has been found.  Read more

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Hints for Homebuilders
Nicropress Fittings - Fabrication
Joe Norris demonstrates the proper way to fabricate a nicropress fitting.
Watch the video
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Poll Poll
How will the current economy affect your homebuilding and flying activities?

Poll - Vote Now!

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Aviation Glossary
Confused by a strange aeronautical term? EAA's online Aviation Glossary can help.

DZUS FASTENER - ("Zoose") A generic term for any number of quick-acting, screw-type fasteners typically used for the securing of cowlings, inspection plates and other panels, requiring no special tool other than a slotted screwdriver or a coin, usually only requiring a quarter-turn to lock or unlock.

More glossary terms

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Around the Web
Here's a list of interesting and informative sources we've found on the internet. Have a favorite website or video? Share it with us at Experimenter@eaa.org.
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