AT 50-SOMETHING, I FINALLY realized my
teenage dream of building an airplane.
Sonex C-FMNX was scratchbuilt over a
seven-and-a-half-year period. A Jabiru 2200
engine swinging a Sensenich 54-by- 48 prop
powers it. Friends Jonathan Epp and Bill
Funk performed the test flights in the fall of
2007. My middle son, Christopher, custom
painted the airplane. Christopher shares my
passion for aviation, earning his pilot certificate in 2008. He joined me in the cockpit as
my first passenger. The Sonex now has more
than 80 hours and is flying well. Building
and flying my own airplane has been very
rewarding, and my thanks go out to all who
supported me in this venture.
Mervin Friesen, EAA 349240; Kleefeld, Manitoba, Canada;
AFTER 10 YEARS IN construction, GlaStar Kit
5676 received its airworthiness certificate on
July 6, 2008, and first flew on September 17,
2008. N227NB is a VFR airplane that is powered by a Superior O-360 engine and a
Hartzell constant-speed propeller. It is
equipped with a dual electrical system with
a Dynon EFIS-D100 on one system, and a
Dynon FlightDek-D180 on the other. I
named my GlaStar L’Etoile, which is French
for “The Star.” I wish to thank my wife for
her support and encouragement during the
extended construction period and the many
EAA members for their advice and guidance.
Normand Biron, EAA 600761; Lewisville, Texas; E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org; Technical Counselor: Sonny Logan;
Flight Advisor: Mel Asberry
COLORADO RV- 4
I STARTED MY RV- 4 kit in October 1986. A year
earlier I had test flown Harold Steiners’ RV- 4
in Idaho and was impressed by Van’s sport
plane. My wife helped me buck those areas
that required another set of hands, and our
airplane took to the sky 32 months later in
June 1989. Built strictly to plans, our fighter
came in very light at 877 pounds before paint.
With a Lycoming O-320-E2D and a Great
American prop, the performance is as advertised by Van’s. With more than 20 years and
more than 1,800 tach hours, our fighter still
keeps me coming back with the famous RV
grin. Whether it’s close formation, air combat maneuvers, or cross-country, this
airplane never ceases to amaze me.
Hans Miesler, EAA 82944; Penrose, Colorado; E-mail:
N817S BEGAN IN 1999 and first flew in March 2007. The plane has a
Superior XP-IO-360 engine with Hartzell constant-speed prop.
Forty hours of testing was completed that summer over northern
Colorado. My wife, Carole, designed the final paint scheme and
chose the upholstery colors. Gold Medal Paint of Denver, Colorado,
applied the final paint. The all-electric instrument flight rules (IFR)
panel includes a Garmin GNS 430 GPS/nav/comm and a Grand
Rapids Horizon electronic flight instrument system (EFIS).
Aerotronics in Billings, Montana, assembled the panel to my design.
Special thanks to Jeff Michaels of Jetstream Composites, Erik Woods
of EK Composites, EAA Technical Counselor David Biesemeier, and
test pilot Bill Mitchell, who demonstrated the aerobatic capabilities
of this plane and provided excellent transition training.
WYOMING BUSH CADDY
I WAS A WORLD War II B- 17 pilot (384th Bomb Group) with 25 missions to my credit. During my 26th mission, while flying lead plane, I
was shot down over Schweinfurt. We lost nine of 21 planes that day,
and I became a guest of the Germans for a year. I have waited more
than 60 years to have my own airplane. The Bush Caddy experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) was my choice as an affordable and
achievable plane for the “common” man to build. It has a basic visual
flight rules (VFR) instrument panel with a 100-hp Rotax engine and
Warp Drive prop and good flight characteristics. It was test flown for
the first time on December 26, 2009, at the Driggs-Reed Memorial
Airport (DIJ) in Idaho. In the background are the Grand Tetons of
Wyoming. Thanks to my mentor and friend, Jim Jackson, for making
this dream come true.
Jack Dysart, EAA 600406; Steamboat Springs, Colorado; E-mail: email@example.com;
Technical Counselor: David Biesemeier
Clarence G. Stearns, EAA 285656; Wilson, Wyoming
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Technical Counselor: James Jackson