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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EAA Experimenter 7 ARE YOU A HOMEBUILDER? Are you willing to donate your time and talents to advance the homebuilt movement? EAA is seeking candidates to serve on the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council. Terms are three years, and the council typically meets twice annually in Oshkosh in addition to monthly teleconferences. EAA's Homebuilt Aircraft Council ensures that the organi- zation continues to focus on vital programs of benefi t to current and future homebuilders. This council of EAA volunteer lead- ers also provides direction for pro- grams, services, and activities that add value for members who are dreaming of building, buying, and flying home- built aircraft. If you would like to vol- unteer, send an e-mail Charlie Becker for an application. EAA Seeks Homebuilt Council Volunteers MORE THAN A DOZEN specially modified short takeoff/ landing (STOL) aircraft will be back at Wittman Regional Airport showing their unique capabilities to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 attendees. The STOL aircraft, including home- builts and specially modifi ed produc- tion airplanes, are based on aircraft that provide supplies to the rugged and far- fl ung outposts throughout Alaska whose demanding terrain requires takeof s and landings on rough runways often less than 500 feet long. The Valdez STOL activities will in- clude fl ight competitions during the after- noon air shows on July 20-21, competition fi nals prior to the July 22 night air show, and fun fl ying at the ultralight airstrip on July 23 (mid-day) and July 24 (evening). These flying activities are made pos- sible with support from CubCrafters, one of the nation's leading backcountry aircraft manufacturers. Valdez STOL Demos Are Back EAA'S HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERS video series, which recently marked its 400th episode, has been one of EAA's most popular of erings for members since launching about seven years ago, garnering millions of views along the way. "I think the Hints for Homebuilders (video) series is the most signifi cant thing that EAA has done to advance the art of home- building since Tony Bingelis," remarked EAA member Russ Erb, EAA 349454. Drew Harteveld, EAA 699738, added, "They are, quite literally, the single most valuable asset I have ever received from EAA. These tactical little web-based videos have already been invaluable to me. I'm watching them each several times, and hanging on every word." Charlie Becker, EAA director of communities and home- built community manager, thanked the many knowledgeable members who have gone on camera to share their experience and ideas. "At the start of this I wondered if we would run out after 40 hints, let alone 400, but we've managed to keep it going," he said. "When members compare the Hints to the body of work that Tony Bingelis did many years ago, that's the kind of high praise that really means a lot." Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation has contributed the most featured hints with 72, followed by Dick Koehler with 65, and Joe Norris with 31. Milestone: Hints for Homebuilders No. 400 Photography by DeKevin Thornton

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