December 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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The Maverick Light-Sport Aircraft A roadable powered parachute By Bruce Moore Forget any preconceived notions you may have about powered parachutes. The Maverick is a fully roadable, two-person "dune buggy" that flies! Other powered parachutes I have seen were cumbersome and needed large clear spaces and smooth ground to launch and recover, and the cart was a minimal structure only sufficient to hold the engine and people. With the Maverick, you can travel any paved road at highway speeds, negotiate a backcountry trail like a Jeep, then in ten minutes rig your wing and jump over jungle and rivers to the next clearing. All the restrictions and inconveniences of a traditional powered parachute have been carefully analyzed and eliminated. "Ingenious" is the word I keep wanting to use while describing the Maverick and the engineering and problem solving that went into its design. The mast and boom system for the wing is ingenious. The use of electric servos controlled by the steering wheel for operating the wing brakes is ingenious. The switchable drive shaft coupler that routes the engine power to the rear axle or the five-blade composite propeller is ingenious. Maverick even has a line controller on the right side of the cockpit that gathers the slack out of the parachute lines before takeoff to keep them clear of the propeller until the weight of the car straightens the lines. The Maverick is built by the Beyond Roads division of the Indigenous People's Technology and Education Center (I-TEC) at the Dunnellon Airport in Florida. While there I got to tour the Maverick assembly facility and fly with the CEO and design engineer, Troy Townsend. Troy wears many hats. EAA Experimenter 23

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