AirVenture Oshkosh is finally here!|
...in a couple of days anyhow.
Patrick Panzera, EAA 555743
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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