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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS Feed Homebuilders Area Encourages Creativity, Builders of All Ages
AirVenture 2012 registered homebuilders commemorative patch
Super Seawind
Steve Wightman's Super Seawind
Zenith 701
Scott Ehni's turbine-powered Zenith 701

The AirVenture 2012 Homebuilders area welcomes aircraft made with ingenuity, and provides learning opportunities to inspire aviation enthusiasts of all ages to begin their very own projects.

Scott Ehni is bringing his scratchbuilt, turbine-powered Zenith 701 aircraft. The plane is powered by a modified JFS100-13 motor, which was originally used as a starter motor for an A-7 Corsair. The only thing not homebuilt on this aircraft is the tires.

The hand-blown windshield and door glass, 40-gallon wet wing tanks, and flush riveted construction on this modified Zenith were all techniques used to help streamline the plane and reduce the required fuel flow at cruise speed. Ehni and his building team did all paint, upholstery, and testing in-house.

Also among the homebuilt aircraft attractions is Steve Wightman's Super Seawind, a modified version of the SNA Inc. Seawind kit plane, which is a four-seat, amphibious aircraft featuring a single tail-mounted engine.

This Super Seawind is a technically advanced composite airplane with a G-900X, GRT EFIS, and Sorcere autopilot, and is powered by an overhauled PT6A-20 turbo-prop engine with only 48 hours of operation.

Visitors can take in the distinctive sights and sounds of this one-of-a-kind Seawind during its Oshkosh visit July 26 and 27.

Along with these unique aircraft visitors, this year's Homebuilt area is celebrating the 50th anniversaries of the Dyke Delta JD-2 and Bower's Fly Baby, a single-seat, open-flight deck aircraft originally created in 1960 for the first EAA design contest.

Throughout the week, in the Homebuilders Hangar, presented by Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, will house a group of teens working together to build a Zenith 750. Live sessions of Hints for Homebuilders will also be featured in the hangar all week.

Every day from 11:30-12:45 p.m., Aircraft Spruce will host forums about aircraft design and building, and even highlight some of the 2012 convention's most celebrated aircraft. For a complete list of featured forums, visit the AirVenture schedule.

Those looking for a bite to eat on Wednesday, July 25, can visit the southwest corner of the homebuilt camping area for a corn roast from 4-6 p.m.

Once again this year, all homebuilders who bring their planes to AirVenture and register in the Homebuilt area will receive a commemorative patch in celebration of their hard work and contributions to aviation.

The annual Homebuilders Dinner is Thursday, July 26, at the Nature Center. Tickets for the dinner will be available during AirVenture at Homebuilders Headquarters on the EAA grounds.

Monday through Saturday, Homebuilts in Review offers twice-daily (10 a.m. and 1 p.m.) presentations about noteworthy homebuilts.


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