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September 2009
  EAA Experimenter - EAA's Homebuilders e-Newsletter
Inside this Issue
Paul's Pick
Sherwood Ranger
Lancair 235
RANS S-10 Sakota
One-Wire Alternator Conversion
 
 
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WELCOME!
Joe NorrisPeople are Flying!
At event after event in the aviation community this year, the attendance has been strong. Record-setting in some cases! It’s quite evident that people have made a conscious decision to exercise their privilege to fly for fun. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been approached by event organizers, sponsors, vendors as well as participants who have indicated that the events they’ve attended were at least as strong if not stronger than past years. This is a great thing for the sport aviation community in general, and for homebuilders in particular, because this type of participation is what will drive development for products and designs in the future as well as protect our “turf” in the greater aviation community. Read more
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Paul's Pick
Paul PobereznyOn September 14 I entered my 88th year. One doesn't realize how fast a birthday arrives, but as children, they couldn't come fast enough as there was always a present or gift coming. I can get my driver's license and hopefully a new car or at least an old one. Read more
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'Encouraging' ARC report now available; Still waiting for the policy
The FAA on Wednesday, September 16, published the comprehensive findings of its Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) on amateur-built aircraft in the Federal Register. But it's not the comprehensive final policy that we expected to see by now. The FAA will deal that out in piecemeal fashion in the coming weeks. In the mean time, you can read the ARC report, which EAA's Earl Lawrence says would "uphold the major principles that EAA and the aviation community have sought to defend" if adopted. FAA's final policy positions often mirror ARC recommendations, so everyone's pretty optimistic.
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Paul Lipps' Lancair 235
Paul Lipps' Lancair 235We’ve already read about Paul’s revolutionary propeller in the pages of the February issue of Experimenter, so now we’d like to showcase the balance of his plane. He started with the wings and left almost no area of the plane untouched; making some very interesting and thoughtful modifications.  Read more
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The Sherwood Ranger
Sherwood RangerThe Sherwood Ranger was designed by Russ Light during the late 1980s and early 1990s and was the second aircraft design from his pen. Unfortunately Russ did not see the fruits of his labor as he passed away soon after his demonstrator first flew. Following Russ’ passing, the business changed hands but met with little success. Two years ago (2007) The Light Aircraft Company Ltd. (TLAC), based at Little Snoring Airfield in North Norfolk, United Kingdom, took ownership and completely overhauled the drawings, converting them into a usable computer aided design format while revising the part numbering system. Read more
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What Our Members are Building
Rans S-10 SakotaNicholas Wood is a sport pilot who proudly carries the moniker, "The Seven Day Wonder." The title was given to him by his instructors Bud Cushing and Andrew Kellogg, just after he completed a challenge to go from zero to sport pilot in seven days. But long before he earned that distinction, he bought into a fractional ownership of a RANS S-10 Sakota; and embarked on an aircraft restoration that would eventually lead to marriage? Read more
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How To ...
One-Wire Alternator Conversion

How ToThe voltage regulator is essential for providing consistent and safe power to the aircraft electrical system. If your aircraft has an internal regulator and it fails, there is no way of isolating a likely overvoltage condition without turning off the battery, too. In this month's How To, we look at how to convert your internally regulated alternator to an externally regulated system that has protections you can control. Read more
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From the EAA Homebuilding Community
Oshkosh 365The Homebuilders Corner message forum at Oshkosh365 is as active as ever. Have a look at the list below and follow the links to read the actual questions and discussion topics.

Can You Help?
 : J3 Kitten owners and fabric experts wanted!
 : Polishing polyurethane?
 : Anyone out there built a Kitfox IV with a VW engine?

Interesting Discussions
 : What are you building?
 : Homebuilt partnerships - an impossible dream?
 : Which airplane do I want?

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From the Editor
Patrick Panzera, EAA 555743
ppanzera@eaa.org

Pat PanzeraAs Joe Norris said in his welcome column, people are in fact flying - and there's more flying still to do! Two of my favorite fly-in events are just around the corner; the first is only days away from the release of this newsletter, EAA Chapter 1's open house. This one-day event takes place on Saturday, September 26, and is located at the historical Flabob Airport (RIR) in Riverside, California (or Rubidoux if you prefer). There is no fee to attend, plenty to do and see, and lots of parking space. Although it's located in what some would consider the greater Los Angles area, it's easy to fly in and out without a transponder or talking to anyone.

The other fly-in event, about a month away, is considered to be the fourth largest fly-in in the United States and goes by the simple name COPPERSTATE. But it's just as low-keyed and friendly as Flabob. Located just south of Phoenix and a bit north of Tucson, this time of year the weather can be very nice for an arid desert. Last year organizers tried something new: no air show. This means that there is no airport closure - you can come and go as you please, and you can actually hear the forums presenters. Casa Grande Municipal Airport (CGZ), Casa Grande, Arizona, is a nontowered field, but from Thursday, October 22, to Saturday, October 24, airspace within 4 nautical miles, up to and including 2,500 feet above ground level, will be controlled by a temporary FAA control tower. Another first for the event is not having a Sunday show. Saturday evening ends with the awards dinner, and then it's over until next year.

If you are attending either of these events, look me up!  - Pat

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Hints for Homebuilders
Make Your Own Deburring Tool
Jim Martin shows how to construct a deburring tool from an old knife sharpener. Jim is a AirVenture Workshop instructor from Chapter 93 in Madison, WI.

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From the Archives
Sport Aviation, August 1983
Eagle 1
The Ultimate Airfoil for Sport Aircraft
By Michael C. Myal

Is yesterday's "ultimate airfoil" still relevant today? Read the article

You can also search the archives by subject for a multitude of technical and how-to articles.

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Questions and AnswersQ&A
Got a question? Send it to us at Experimenter@eaa.org.
Whether you're building, restoring, or just an enthusiast. we want to know what has you stumped.

Q: I’ve seen some homebuilts with N numbers that start with “NX” and some vintage aircraft with N numbers that start with “NC.” How does one go about getting an NX or NC number?  Read the answer

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Homebuilder Gallery of the Month
The Gilmore Marquart Charger
The grand champion plans-built aircraft at AirVenture 2009 was Mark Gilmore's Marquart Charger. This stunning aircraft is featured in the October issue of EAA Sport Aviation magazine. Here are some additional photos of Mark's beautiful aircraft.

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Poll Poll
Q. Every year we talk to people attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for the first time. Often their comment is, "I'll be back"! Many of you have been coming to the convention for many years. No doubt many things draw you back, but what is your number 1 reason for attending?

Poll - Vote Now!

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

HALL EFFECT - Generation of an electric potential perpendicular to both an electric current flowing along a conducting material and an external magnetic field applied at right angles to the current upon application of the magnetic field.

More glossary terms

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Forum Review
Auto Conversions
Experimenter Editor Patrick Panzera hosts a forum on Automobile Engine Conversions from July, 2008. The talk features attendees talking about their own engine conversion adventures.
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Around the Web
Check out these interesting and informative videos and websites. Have a favorite technical site? Share it with us at Experimenter@eaa.org.

This month's featured link:
A short list of available alternative engines/auto conversions

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