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Builder Spotlight

October 2016 Issue




Completions

Builders share their successes.

Jeff Auen's Lockwood AirCam (The GuitarCam)

It's the oldest/newest AirCam. Serial number 26, purchased in 1996, was moved in crates and boxes six times over 11 years to five states. It had about 2500 miles on it prior to construction. I called it the GroundCam for a long time.

The build began in earnest on April Fools' day 2014. When the kit was purchased, fuel-injected Rotax 912 IS Sport engines did not exist, nor did Dynon Avionics' SkyView system. I guess that's a good argument for an abundance of patience.

The plane has been modified to easily attach floats and the new full enclosure. Each individual piece of aluminum has been Alodined, primed, and painted prior to assembly to prevent corrosion. With lots of help and encouragement from the wonderful pilots at Essex Skypark in Maryland, it flies hands off with no control tweaks or adjustments.

Thanks to Phil Lockwood for a magical design and for supporting even the early kits. Thanks to my pilot consultants and teachers, Carlo, Claudius, and Joseph. Extra-special thanks to my wife and kids for allowing me to have my "part-time job" for 17 months. I'll be exploring every tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.

Essex, Maryland
jauen@baltimoreguitarschool.com

Jon Croke's Zenith CH750 Cruzer

My new Zenith CH750 Cruzer is powered by a rebuilt Continental O-200 engine driving a WhirlWind propeller. From start to finish the kit took just a year to complete—you could not ask for an easier kit to build! The panel includes a pair of MGL XTreme displays that interface nicely with the O-200. I get about 100 mph cruise speed. Closest thing to building your own C-150 you can have!

Brussels, Wisconsin
Jon@joncroke.com

Tim Binder's Rebuilt Long-EZ

I recently rebuilt this Long-EZ. It took 13 months working on it most days and nights. The fiberglass, paint, interior, avionics, and some wiring was redone. A Lycoming O-320 is now pumping out 180-185 hp. A cruise prop is needed, but it's still doing 190 mph. The first test flight was October 10, 2015.

This Long-EZ also has a smoke system for safety reasons—can you see me now? More speed mods are planned and heated seats for the cold Iowa winters. This EZ is our fourth canard either built from scratch or a rebuild; the first one was used by Scaled Composites to test a pulse engine and is in the Dayton Air Force Museum.

Burlington, Iowa
ttbinder@aol.com


BUILDERS SHARE THEIR SUCCESSES

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Untitled Document Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
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I completed Sonex #1072 on August 18, 2014 and made the first flight on August 22, 2014 from Charlie Brown/Fulton County Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. The airplane now has over 150 hours on it and has made several trips from Atlanta to South Florida, the Carolinas, and to Tower, Minnesota which is just south of …
My CubCrafters EX N-96FV was finished July 30, 2016 - last weekend of AirVenture. My 87-year old Dad was the first passenger after my 40-hour fly off. He flew chase in his Cherokee for the maiden flight. It's painted in D-Day colors for my C-130 unit's 70th anniversary. 96th Airlift Squadron Flying Vikings were the …
It started with a visit with the Rutan guru Robert Harris of what was the EZ Hangar in Covington TN, now EZ Jets. I wanted to build a Long Eze but Robert suggested using current information and technology instead of 1977 when the plans came out. From then on, this airplane was not a Long …

Dynon Avionics' latest-generation SkyView integrated avionics called the SkyView HDX has a newly designed bezel and user controls for easier use while flying in turbulence, plus brighter displays and a reworked touch interface. Larry Anglisano takes a product tour of the HDX with Dynon's Michael Schoefield in this video.
At Sun 'n Fun 2016, Dynon continued to push into the world of non-certified avionics with its SkyView SE, a less expensive version of its popular SkyView EFIS system. Paul Bertorelli prepared this video report.
The G5 is a self-contained electronic flight instrument, which can be interfaced with Garmin's G3X/Touch avionics and autopilot for backup and flight instrument redundancy. The GMA245 and remote GMA245R Bluetooth audio panels have advanced entertainment input functions and onscreen programming.
At Sun 'n Fun 2016, Just Aircraft is showing off its new Titan-powered SuperSTOL XL. Harrison Smith took Paul Bertorelli for a half-day demo flight in the new airplane, and here's his video report.
Kit manufacturer Zenith Aircraft Company has released a new 360-degree VR short video to showcase its kit aircraft and to promote the rewarding hobby of kit aircraft building and flying light-sport aircraft.
Whether you are upgrading the audio system in an older LSA or experimental or building a new project, PS Engineering and Garmin have non-certified audio panels equipped with advanced features better suited for smaller cabins.
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