Experimenter

MAY 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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18 Vol.4 No.5 / May 2015 AN ARIZONA ESCAPADE Dennis and his wife, Barb, love vintage cars and have restored and customized a 1954 Porsche 356 Coupe that has been winning awards since 1987. Figuring they might build only one airplane, they decided to do it all the way. Leather seats, extensive woodwork, and attention to every detail give the airplane the feel and aura of a custom, vintage automo- bile. EAA judges awarded it a Reserve Grand Champion – Silver Lindy, the highest award given that year in the light- sport category. ESC APADE FAC TS The Just Aircraft Escapade is a two-place, side-by-side aircraft designed by Troy Woodland for recreation and training in the sport pilot category. The steel-tube-and-fabric airplane was jointly developed in 2003 in the Unites States and the United Kingdom, where it earned British Civil Airworthiness Requirements approval. An expanded version, the Just Aircraft Highlander, uses the same airframe as the Escapade. The newer Highlander and the newest SuperSTOL get more publicity than the Escapade. The SuperSTOL is a completely dif erent air- plane. The Highlander is an Escapade designed to fl y slower with slightly longer wings, bigger fl aps, an enlarged tail, and a more robust landing gear. Both come with quick-folding wings and have either conventional or tricycle landing gear. The heritage of the Escapade goes all the way back to Dean Wilson's Avid Flyer, the Ridge Runner, and many other related offspring. Its immediate predecessor is the Just Aircraft Summit, a tandem design. The Escapade's cabin is 44 inches wide (5 inches wider than a Cessna 172) and features see-through Lexan side doors. A large, 32-cubic-foot baggage compartment can hold up to 100 pounds and stay within cen- ter-of-gravity limits. Engine options include either Rotax, Jabiru, or Viking engines. The Escapade cruises at 90 knots, stalls under 35 knots, and can fly with the windows open or closed. The wings fold against the sides in 2 minutes by removing the turtle deck. Visit www.JustAircraft.com for more information. Hooker seat belt hardware with handmade wood inserts. Dennis and Barb Crowley with their Silver Lindy trophy at AirVenture 2014. Photography by Dan Grunloh

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