MAR 2015

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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24 Vol.4 No.3 / March 2015 WHAT OUR MEMBERS ARE BUILDING HOW TO BEGIN? Well, let's just say that many years ago I wanted to be a pilot, but eyesight held me back. So I became an aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Air Force. Fast-forward…in 2011 my sweetheart's brother, Gene, who has built two Zenith aircraft—a CH 2000 and a CH 601—encouraged me to build something, so I got the itch. Not having a pilot's certifi cate, I began the process of getting my sport pilot certifi cate, and I had narrowed down the fi eld of aircraft that I was interested in building. In March 2011, my sweetheart told me she was going to Texas in June for three months for the birth of a grandchild. Quick, call Zenith! When can I get a CH 650 kit? April? I'll be there! Having carpentry experience, I built a 4-foot-by-2-foot workbench prior to leaving. Excitedly I hooked up my 4-foot-by- 12-foot enclosed trailer and headed for Mexico, Missouri, built the rudder for my CH 650, and three days later I arrived home. It was slow going at fi rst. Then in June, I was working 12-hour days on the project. Great fun! In June 2012, assembly/painting was completed and my aircraft passed its FAA inspection. Little Bit was ready, but I had not soloed yet. I needed fi ve hours to qualify for insurance. I called Buzzy of Buzz Air in Two Planes in Three Years When my sweetheart travels, I build BY CLYDE "BOB" RYCHEL Bob Rychel with the two airplanes he completed in three years— the CH 650 Lil Bit on the left and the CH 750 Lil Bit Too on the right. Photography by Larry Gilbert

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