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July 2010
 EAA Experimenter - EAA's Homebuilders e-Newsletter
Inside this Issue
Arlington Fly-In Has That Summer Feeling
Scott Carter's Xtra-EZ
An Introduction to Electric Airplanes
Paul's Pick
 
 
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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is finally here!
...in a couple of days anyhow.

By Patrick Panzera, EAA 555743
ppanzera@eaa.org

Pat PanzeraThe featured article in this issue of Experimenter epitomizes the homebuilding experience. The plane wasn't built from an overpriced Erector Set, work wasn't farmed out to hired guns, and it doesn't have tens of thousands of dollars stuffed into the panel. It was built lovingly and skillfully by the same two hands that pilot it. It was built from a set of plans and with careful contemplation; it was modified to suit the builder's needs and his vision of how his plane should be built. It wasn't built on an island or under the cover of darkness, but rather it came to life by way of social networking with other like-minded EAAers.

Last year, Scott Carter and his wife Lynn Canatella flew their newly hatched, one-off creation to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and displayed Xtra-EZ for all to see. Getting baked in the sun, Scott joyfully greeted those who stopped to ask questions while killing the grass on the ground surrounding its perimeter. Lynn contacted me, as I encourage all of you to do, to give me the heads-up that the plane was ready for its debut. We agreed to a time and a place for the photo session and interview; the article in this issue is the result of that collaborative effort. With that, I'll continue to urge you to do as Lynn did and let me know about your project. We'd love nothing more than to feature your plane in future issues of Experimenter and CONTACT! Magazine.

During AirVenture 2010, I'll be manning the CONTACT! Magazine booth in the freshly rearranged Exhibit Hangar C (booth 3107) with CONTACT! Magazine founding editor and publisher Mick Myal. You may remember his name from the "Ultimate Glue" article in last month's issue. Please stop by for a visit. If you've never seen a copy of CONTACT! Magazine, this would be a good opportunity to do so.

You can also find me at the Converting Auto Engines for Experimental Aviation forum in Pavilion 05 on Saturday at 10 a.m. I would love to see the building filled with Experimenter subscribers! The pancake breakfast in the Ultralight area is one of my early morning haunts, so if you see me there, feel free to sit down and have breakfast with me while you tell me about your project.

If you're attending AirVenture, I would encourage you to let me know if you find something that you're sure the readers of Experimenter will enjoy. When not in the booth, I'll be out and about searching for those fascinating planes and products I know you'll enjoy reading about, but I sure could use some help finding them. AirVenture is huge and continues to grow every year, but with enough help from Experimenter readers, hopefully those planes, like Scott Carter's, will not go unnoticed.

And please remember that there are people at the show who are trying to take photos. Try to not walk in-between a photographer and the plane while he or she is trying to get that perfect photo.

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Paul's Pick
Paul PobereznyAirVenture 2010 will be the 40th year that EAA has held its fly-in convention in Oshkosh. It has been an especially challenging endeavor the last couple of weeks, as several waves of heavy rains have never really given the grounds a chance to dry out. Yet the people keep coming, and that is the mark of an enduring organization that four decades ago was not sure how this "new" site in Oshkosh would work out; or even last. Paul Poberezny relates in the July 1970 edition of Sport Aviation about the challenges of converting plowed farmland next to the Oshkosh airport into eventually the world's largest fly-in. Read Paul's column
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Arlington Fly-In Has That Summer Feeling
A great show with something for everyone
ArlingtonIf the success of this year's annual Arlington Fly-In is any indication of what we might expect at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, all I can say is hold on to your socks! It should be one great show!

This is the first event I've ever attended where it seems that the aircraft outnumbered the pedestrian traffic, and the aircraft parking seemed to be at capacity! I'm sure the numbers will prove my estimation to be grossly inaccurate, but it just had that feeling. Maybe it's the infrastructure; maybe it's that there were so many cool and diverse planes to see that I didn't notice the people. The parking lot sure indicated good foot traffic. Read more

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Scott Carter's Xtra-EZ
A tribute to Burt Rutan

Extra-EZ EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 Reserve Grand Champion Plans Built - Silver Lindy award winner Scott Carter of Dallas, Texas, with his exquisitely crafted, one-of-a-kind Xtra-EZ appeared on the cover of CONTACT! Magazine shortly after AirVenture last year. With AirVenture 2010 only days away, we thought it fitting to honor Scott's accomplishment once again in Part I of a two-part series.
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An Introduction to Electric Airplanes
YuneecThis article is being written before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. There is promise of many developments during AirVenture, and this article along with its companion "The Electric-Powered Aircraft: Technical Challenges" (May 2010 Experimenter) will be followed up after reviewing the Oshkosh developments.

In the "Technical Challenges" article, I made some predictions about electric planes. In the next five years, before 2015, I predict:

1) An electrically powered airplane will stay aloft for two hours carrying two people.
2) An electrically powered airplane will be cost competitive for special-light-sport aircraft and trainers.
3) Electric airplanes will be powered by batteries with energy densities at least 50 percent better than those available today.
4) An electric airplane will land at an airport near you!

The state of the art is advancing so rapidly and that there are sure to be advancements yet this year that may make these predictions too conservative. Read more

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Hints for Homebuilders
Logging Inspections for Your Homebuilt Aircraft
Dick Koehler reviews the basic rules for logging maintenance and inspections of your homebuilt.
  Watch the video
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Homebuilder Gallery of the Month
Arlington Fly-In
Experimenter editor Pat Panzera traveled up the coast to the state of Washington earlier this month to take in the famed Pacific Northwest aviation gathering simply known as Arlington. Look for stories from his trip in future issues of Experimenter. In the meantime, Pat has chosen a few aircraft that caught his eye and may not be seen at EAA AirVenture. View the gallery
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Aviation Glossary
Confused by a strange aeronautical term? EAA's online Aviation Glossary can help.

DYNAFOCAL ENGINE MOUNT
An aircraft engine mount system in which straight lines projected through the mounting bolts intersect at the center of gravity (or the center of mass) of the engine and propeller assembly. Dynafocal is a registered trademark owned by Lord Corporation and is credited for a reduction of engine vibration over that of any other design.

More glossary terms

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Around the Web

Should we send an airplane to Mars? Joel Levine seems to think so and explains why in his video "Why we need to go back to Mars."

Congratulations to Jon Finley and his Subaru-powered Quickie Q2 "Subar-Sonic" as featured in the March 2009 issue of Experimenter. The plane just hit the 800-hour mark. Jon has maintained a very comprehensive website

Resource for experimental flying boats

For more links to interesting aircraft design and building topics to read about and explore on the Internet, visit our Around The Web page.

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