Eye of the Experimenter
Story and photos by Pat Panzera
Experimenter Editor Pat Panzera took
some time from his booth for CONTACT! Magazine to wander through
the homebuilt areas and seek out fine craftsmanship, innovation, and some
things that were really cool. See what caught Pat's eye at AirVenture
Savor is top of the Menu
appropriately under the Brown Arch, Chris Christensen's "Savor"
rests after its long trek from Arizona. Chris' plane made its debut late
last year at the COPPERSTATE fly-in, Tempe AZ, earning the award for Best
Plans Built. This original design aircraft is from the fertile mind of
Chris, and was featured in the December
2009 issue of EAA's Experimenter e-newsletter. The tandem
seating and cantilevered high wing make it a very unique and attractive
aircraft. Looking like an S-LSA, the performance exceeds the limits of the
category as one of Chris's design criteria was cross-country performance
in a high-wing tandem.
near to far:
2009 Plans Outstanding Workmanship award
winner, Hummel H5, Volkswagen power.
Hummel Ultra Cruiser Plus, VW power.
RV-6 Flying since 2000 on Mazda rotary
power, visiting from Pima, Arizona.
Deuce of Aces
the only thing better than a Korben Baby Ace D is two of them. These two
were spotted tied down out front of the Homebuilders' Headquarters. The
two beauties exemplify homebuilding at its finest.
Melmoth 2, designed and built by Flying Magazine's very own Peter
Garrison, more closely resembles a small airliner than a homebuilt,
especially with its massive fowler flaps, winglets, and intimidating
t-tail. As the name indicates, this is not Peter's first original-design
homebuilt aircraft; unfortunately Melmoth 1 was lost in ground incident in
1982. Melmoth 2 represents 20 years of design and build time, resurrecting
many of the parts from Melmoth 1 including the 200-hp TSIO-360 that
delivered the plane from southern California to AirVenture '10.
Something you don't see every day: bug splat on a wing rib. But that's
what can happen with the PD-1 when it's driven down the road as it's
designed to do. In addition to the rather obvious pod containing the
80-hp, 4 cycle, 2 cylinder, liquid-cooled engine and constant velocity
transaxle, other not-so-obvious adaptations required to be roadable are
the massive front disk brake and the folding tips of the elevator. Most
roads and highways limit vehicle width to 8 feet, so the outer foot of
each horizontal stabilizer and elevator folds into the vertical position.
slices! It dices! It chops! It even juliennes! What kitchen wouldn't
benefit by such an appliance? And with 715 shaft horsepower available, it
can turn truck-loads of potatoes into scrumptious potato salad in seconds!
Lancair IV-P Propjet powered by a Garrett TPE331-2.