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 Aerotique Parasol by Stan Truman at Oshkosh '83 was designed as an ultralight version of the 1926 Heath Parasol. 30 Years Old Celebrating 'antique' ultralights By Dan Grunloh Plans for the ultralight/helicopter village at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 include special activities and recognition of ultralights and light planes that were introduced 30 years ago, in 1983. ers of Challengers and other ultralights or light planes introduced in 1983. There will also be a Challenger fly-in later this year in Erie, Illinois. Watch for announcements at www.ErieAirpark.com. The Quad City Challenger, designed by Chuck Hamilton, appeared at Oshkosh '83, and kit production began in September of that year. It was initially flown with a 294cc KFM engine. A two-place tandem version followed, and it became one of the most ubiquitous light plane designs, with about 4,000 aircraft completed worldwide. The company recently introduced a light-sport aircraft (LSA) model, which was optimized to meet the sport pilot regulations. The ultralight version is still being built using the Hirth F33 engine. We hope to have a special parking area, forums, and a birthday party for own- 1983 was a pivotal year in the evolution of lightsport aviation with the introduction of a mixture of old and new technologies. A survey of faded 30-year-old magazines reveals the Avid Flyer, Rans Coyote, Aerotique Parasol, Buccaneer amphibian, Zenair Zipper, Paraplane, and the Sky Pup, which were all introduced in 1983. The Avid Flyer by Dean Wilson won best new design at Oshkosh '83 and spawned about 2,000 copies. At least three more designs were inspired directly by partners or associates; the Kitfox (4,500 planes), Sky Raider, and Ridge 34 Vol.2 N o.2 / February 2 013

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