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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 2010.

Savor is top of the Menu
Nested 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.

Auto Conversions
From 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
About 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.
Fowler Flapitude

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.
Roadable Aircraft
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.


 

Lanc-O-Matic
It 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.

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