Builders share their successes.


Mike Bridges Corben Junior Ace

My Corben Junior Ace project began as a project being sold at an estate sale in Arizona. I purchased the project and began working on it in February 2009. With the help of my EAA past president, John Dormer, working every day long hours, we had it certified on May 13, 2010. It is the Junior Ace with longer wings and larger tail group. With the a new 235-C1B, it has plenty of power and cruises at 85 to 90 mph. Dormer, with his artist background, helped me put a 1930s paint design on the plane with scallops and pinstripes. The plane flies very well and is a crowd draw at every airport .

Hunt, Texas
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Chuck Frumeries Challenger II

N788RF started life at a yard sale. Having been out of aviation for almost 20 years, I got reacquainted through the local EAA Chapter 654 of Siskiyou County in California, and I am now Sport Pilot qualified. Finding a plane was a challenge because I needed a project I could afford and one that fit the Light Sport category. Several of my flying buddies were at a yard sale, and found a partially completed Challenger. A quick phone call, a short drive, and I was the owner of what would turn out to be 788RF or, as named by my Marine grandson, Radio Flier, in honor of his first mode of transportation. Completing the project required two years, and it first flew in March 2010. I received great support from the Fly Challenger user group, and the local experts at the morning coffee hour. Joe Smith, Larry Auxter, Mike Ray and Jerry Denham deserve a special thank you for their on-the-spot critique and guidance. Of course, none of this would be possible without the encouragement and patience of Roberta, my wife of 56 years. I am 78 years young and look forward to flying many more years!

Mount Shasta, California
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Kip Lauries Waiex

I built my Waiex at work while on call for charter trips. Total build time was 1880 hours over three years, three months. The entire airframe was alodined, and I shot many more solid rivets than were called for because when I got the hang of it, I found it kind of fun.
First flight was May 20, 2010, and I finished Phase I testing 38 days later. In the first 75 hours I have been to 10 states, Oshkosh, visited at least 10 family members or friends, with the GPS odometer recording more than 9000 miles. Its all that I hoped for in a fun flying, great performing, economical aircraft.
Thanks to all the folks at Sonex, Epps and the builders who opened up their garages from coast to coast during my work-related travels. I plan on visiting 48 states (perhaps 49), so keep an eye out for the orange!

Atlanta, Georgia
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