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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Is your family secure? Are you sure? Your current life insurance policy may contain an exclusion for pilots. EAA's Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance Plan will help fi ll that gap for less than $1.50 a day. Take care of the people you love. Get an instant quote and purchase your coverage today at EAA.org/insurance. Coverage is underwritten by Starr Indemnity & Liability Company, a Texas insurance company, has its principal place of business in New York, NY and is an admitted insurer rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company. Insurance Solutions Administered by Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc. EAA Experimenter 25 tent, bedding, and a few extra clothes. I fly to destinations with no ground support. About half of my total flight hours are considered cross- country (50 miles or more), for which I always file a flight plan. These trips often provide the seed for the magazine articles I write, often under the guise of my moniker "AirBike Ace." The stories range from the whimsical World War I pilot protecting the Western Front from the Huns to serious shop tips and repair articles. The 340-pound experimental AirBike cruises at 55 to 60 mph, often at 3,000 feet AGL or lower depending upon wind direction. The only concession to the normal complement of steam gauges is a handheld GPS used to set my initial course, then it is turned off. Pilotage is my primary naviga- tion method. Compared to general aviation planes, I travel quite slowly, so much so that I am often the butt of speed jokes. When tell- ing another pilot of my 1,000-hour achievement, he responded by saying, "So you finally covered 500 miles." That's okay; I can take it. I love flying and always say that I fly for fun. I am a member of EAA Chapter 88 in Wichita, Kansas, having held most elected positions and performed many chairmanship duties. All of my aviation activities have come about because of building my AirBike in 1998 and joining EAA that same year. Paul Fiebich is an occasional contributor of articles pertaining to AirBike Ace's adventures, humor, and shop tips. He can be contacted at fi ebichpv@aol.com or his website www.paul.fi ebich.org , or he can be found on Facebook. Photography courtesy of Paul Fiebich

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