COMMENTARY / EDITOR’S LOG
Vol. 59 No. 1 | January 2010
5 features, 25 columns, and lots of information
WELCOME to the redesigned EAA Sport Aviation!
Publisher: Tom Poberezny
Vice President-Membership: Adam Smith
Interim Director of Publications and Editor: Mary Jones
Associate Editor: Kelly Nelson
Assistant Editor: Rose Dorcey
Senior Art Director: Phil Norton
Art Director: Olivia Trabbold
News Editor: Ric Reynolds
Copy Editor: Colleen Walsh
Proofreader: Rachel Krubsack
Editorial Assistant: Dana Heimos
Multimedia Journalist: Brady Lane
Webmaster: Sue Delrow
Photography Sta;: Jim Koepnick, Bonnie Kratz
Production/Special Projects: Kathleen Witman
Contributing Writers: Mike Busch, Dave Matheny,
Lauran Paine, Jr., Robert Rossier, Max Trescott, Ron Wanttaja
We’re excited to unveil this issue to you.
;e changes you’ll see were driven primarily by
your responses to magazine surveys over the past
18 months. You told us what you liked, what you
didn’t like, and what you felt was missing in Sport
Aviation. From there, we developed a new content
plan as part of our integrated publications strategy.
;at strategy combines print and electronic publications to provide you with in-depth knowledge
and information. ;ank you for your input.
Now, let’s see what is inside. Our plan is to
produce five features each month, along with 25
columns— 14 of which are new to Sport Aviation.
Ambitious, yes, but that’s the depth of content
needed to meet your interests. Another goal is to
tell more stories via quality photography, info-graphics, and illustrations.
;is month our features highlight the beautiful PA- 18 Pitcairn Autogiro, Cessna’s SkyCatcher
light-sport aircraft, the Ellison brothers’ awesome
Gweduck amphibian, a historical look at the Piper
Cherokee, and a feature about 10 cool airplanes
you can rent around the world.
You’ll meet some new columnists as well as
hear from old friends like Lauran Paine Jr. Each
month in a Guest Editorial, we’ll ask an aviation
notable to share his or her thoughts. Air show
performer and aviation ambassador Sean D.
Tucker is first up, sharing his passion for flying
and telling us what he’s doing this o;-season.
In Expert Panel, we’ll choose a topic each
month and reach out to the experts in that arena
for answers. In Member Tested we’ll gather products and share them with members who will
report back on what they liked and didn’t like, and
you’ll get to read their assessment of how the
In the Better Pilot section, columnists will
share ideas for improving piloting skills—a subject you told us you wanted more information
about. We realized Sport Aviation was short on
monthly avionics coverage, so Max Trescott,
flight instructor of the year in 2008 and an avi-
onics authority, will now keep us up to date on
what’s interesting on the technology scene in
In Ab Initio, EAA multimedia journalist and
new sport pilot Brady Lane will share his experiences as he develops his piloting skills. His blog
about learning to fly on EAA.org was very popular.
We hope his reporting will encourage others to
take the next step to become a pilot or add to their
skills. Pilots are always learning so, regardless of
your experience, you may benefit from his here’s-how-I-did-it approach, too.
Dave Matheny was the top-rated columnist in
EAA Sport Pilot, and he’s now part of Sport
Aviation. His Light Flight column…and his wonderful illustrations…will focus on ultralights and
lightplanes, but much of what he writes about
applies to all pilots.
At its core, EAA is about people making their
aviation dreams come true by building or restoring an airplane. Look for valuable, practical, “how
do I” content in the Hands On section, enhanced
by detailed illustrations.
When we reviewed forum attendance during
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh—where you vote with
your feet by attending the ones you’re interested
in—we quickly noticed that Mike Busch’s forums
were consistently highly attended. So, we asked
Mike to contribute his thoughts about aviation
maintenance on a monthly basis in Savvy Aviator.
;ere’s a lot packed in these pages. When
you’ve had some time to review this issue, we’d
like to know what you think about the design
and the balance of content. E-mail your thoughts
Feedback@EAA.org or leave a voice mail message at 800-946-6088. Your comments will help
us continue to fine-tune the magazine. If you still
have questions about the merging of Sport
Aviation and Sport Pilot magazines, please visit
Now, sit back and have fun exploring Sport Aviation.
Director of Advertising: Katrina Bradshaw
Advertising Coordinator: Sue Anderson
Classified Advertising Coordinator: Lesley Poberezny
Northeast: Ken Ross
Southeast: Chester Baumgartner
Central: Gary Worden and Todd Reese
Mountain & Pacific: John Gibson
Europe: Willi Tacke
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