February 2013

Experimenter is a magazine created by EAA for people who build airplanes. We will report on amateur-built aircraft as well as ultralights and other light aircraft.

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L i g h t P l a n e Wor l d ing revealed the truth behind manufacturers' claims, as some came back repeatedly with smaller wheels, thinner seat cushions, and fewer instruments until they could make weight. I still have a copy of the published weights from that event 30 years ago. The lightest was the Paraplane at 171 pounds, and a few weight-shift fixed wings were less than 200 pounds. But most pushed the upper limit. Some could only make the weight limit with clean tires and dry sails. A weigh-in was conducted at one other fly-in, but the idea was quickly abandoned. It was unpopular, fraught with technical challenges, and took a lot of volunteer manpower. The great ultralight weigh-in of 1983 was a turning point because it marked the beginning of a new era of N-numbered experimental light planes such as the Challenger and Avid types. Trike Accident Not Remembered Jeff Edwards, a 38-year-old pilot certificated in airplanes, was seriously injured August 31, 2011, in a crash during his first solo flight in a single-seat ultralight weight-shift trike at the Washington Court House (Ohio) airport. He contacted the EAA and wants to share his story in hopes others will learn from his experience. The precise details of the accident are sketchy because he suffered amnesia from a head injury and cannot remember the accident or any of the events leading up to it. Jeff is a recreational pilot and a member of the Air Force Reserve, and his dad holds a private pilot rating. Cantilevered wing of the plans-built Sky Pup viewed from below. Te Zenair Zipper by Chris Heinz had no ribs, and its wings could be folded in under two minutes. 36 Vol.2 No.2 / February 2 013

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