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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E- M a il 400-mph Racers The [Reno Air Races] article [in the November Experimenter] leads readers to believe that several of the Sport Class planes have exceeded 400 mph. The article intimates that this was done on an official lap, that is, a qualifying [lap] or race. That is not the case. The Nemesis NXT Race #3X…we call it the "pink beast"…is the only Sport Class airplane to make official laps at Reno at more than 400 mph. Our fastest laps were in 2009, our last year of racing, when we posted two race speeds averaging more than 400 mph. These were in the third heat race, averaging 406-plus mph, and the Gold Race final at 407-plus mph. All that following a 412-plus-mph qualifying blast! The Nemesis NXT, in addition to having all the qualifying and race records for the Sport Class on the big Sport/Unlimited/Jet race course that all three classes share, also holds all the qualifying and race records on the smaller Sport course. Our best speed on that course was 409 mph in qualifying set in 2008… The November article leads the reader to the [incorrect] fact that several of the current racers have gone more than 400 mph. As Tim [Kern] said in our phone conversation after the article was published, it was intimated this is a "straight line" speed, and nothing official. Well, the joke here is how do you tell when a race pilot is lying about his speed? His/her lips are moving and perhaps there is hand waving. The other joke is what is the quickest way to slow down an airplane? Put a timer or a watch on it. To that end, the Nemesis NXT has gone close to 500 mph in testing. It was clocked on the "Valley of Speed" straightaway at Reno in 2009 at 464 mph. There is nothing "official" about those, but it's there for comparison; in this case the fingers are moving, and complete with hand waving. Jon Sharp EAA 239592 Experimenter in PDF Version It would be great if PDF versions of Experimenter were made available to facilitate downloads and offline reading. Harish Jadeja EAA 746554 Some good news, Harish. It is possible to save Experimenter as a PDF. When you're viewing the magazine online, note the tool bar displaying across the top of each page. The fourth tool in from the right offers you the choice of saving the entire issue as a PDF, or individual pages as a PDF. Unfortunately, this option does not work on mobile devices—that is, smartphones or iPads and other tablets. But perhaps you can save the issue as a PDF and then send it to your mobile device. That's a workaround until there's an app for Experimenter. -- Mary 4 Vol.2 No.2 / February 20 13 PUBLICATIONS STAFF Founder: Paul H. Poberezny Publisher: Jack J. Pelton, EAA Chairman of the Board Vice President of Publications: J. Mac McClellan Homebuilding Community Manager: Chad Jensen Editor: Mary Jones/EditEtc. LLC Graphic Designer: Chris Livieri News Editor: Ric Reynolds Copy Editor: Colleen Walsh Multimedia Journalist: Brady Lane Visual Properties Administrator: Jason Toney Contributing Writers: Marino Boric, Budd Davisson, Cy Galley, Dan Grunloh, Ed Kolano, Jim Lawrence, Bill McElwee, Stephen Richey, Rick Weiss European Correspondent: Marino Boric ADVERTISING Display Sue Anderson Jonathan Berger Jeff Kaufman Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3086, Oshkosh, WI 54903-3086 Phone: 920-426-4800 Fax: 920-426-4828 E-mail: experimenter@eaa.org Website: www.EAA.org Need to change your address or have other membership questions, call 800-564-6322 (800-JOIN EAA). EAA® and SPORT AVIATION®, the EAA Logo® and AERONAUTICATM are registered trademarks, trademarks, and service marks of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Inc. The use of these trademarks and service marks without the permission of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Inc. is strictly prohibited.

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