Experimenter

DEC 2014

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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32 Vol.3 No.12 / December 2014 WHAT OUR MEMBERS ARE BUILDING THIS MONTH WE WILL wrap up our recognition of homebuilders who brought their aircraft to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for the fi rst time since completing it. Each year, those builders are rec- ognized with a Perseverance Award to acknowledge the work and investment they made to complete their projects. The Perseverance Award was founded by Doc and Buddy Bro- kaw (now deceased) who built and fl ew a Brokaw Bullet for many years. The award continues in their honor and to fulfi ll their wish that homebuilders be recognized for their perseverance. Over the next few months, we will share photos of several aircraft that made their fi rst appearance at Oshkosh 2014. — Mary Jones 2014 Perseverance Awards Celebrating more builders' success BY JOHN MANGOLD RV-7A, N787K V Peter Richmond fl ew his RV-7A to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 from Annapolis, Maryland, where he lives on a boat and bases his plane at Easton/Newnam Field (KESN). The air- plane was certifi cated and fi rst fl own in February 2014, after fi ve years of build time. Peter was inspired to build a plane by his brother, who also fl ew his RV to AirVenture 2014 from Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and parked and camped next to Peter and his airplane. BEARHAWK, N805TD Jared Yates purchased this four-place Bearhawk from another builder. Altogether, it took four years and 2,500 hours to com- plete the project. It was certifi cated and fi rst fl own in Decem- ber 2013. The aircraft is powered by a Lycoming O-360 engine. Jared is based in Hickory, North Carolina. At AirVenture 2014, he displayed his plane in the Bearhawk exhibit in the Home- builder's North Aircraft Display Area. ZENITH 601XLB, N678AK Pavlou Kanellos built this Zenith 601XLB over seven years, having to rebuild it after receiving the upgrade kit for the spar and wing improvements. The airplane was certifi cated in April 2014, and he made the fi rst fl ight that month. It has an all-glass panel and is equipped with an autopilot. Pavlou fl ew the airplane to Oshkosh from the Groton–New London Airport (KGON) in Connecticut.

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