Friday, April 18, 2014

Follow Catbird's Progress Online


Tanner Yaberg's Record Flight, 4-17-14


Scott Stearns is attending

Stoken Donates Coffee and Donuts!

Mike Patey Gets Final Checks

Aberle gets final NAA checks.

Catbird Last Chance

Catbird gets early morning checks

Does it look like the cape because it feels like we are going to the moon?

Mike Patey gets weighed in.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Experimenter Trophies Come Into Focus

The Trophies for the Experimenter Awards are coming into focus.

A big thank you to the Scaled Composites Engineers that are building them; Scott Schultz, Tanner Yaberg, Justin Gillen and Niki Dugue.

The awards will be awarded at the dinner. RSVP to Cathy Hansen,, the seats are filling up fast.

Patey Is Painted

Monday, April 14, 2014

RSVP for the awards dinner

RSVP for Saturday's awards dinner by contacting Cathy Hansen at

Date: 4-19-14 at 6:00PM (link)

Stu Witt Event Center 
Poole St & Riley St
Mojave, CA 93501)

Price: $20

Musical Guest: Shame and Glory (link)

Speaker: Paul Dye
Speaker Topic: Applying Lessons Learned At Mission Control to Flight Testing Homebuilt Aircraft

Awards To Be Presented: 
Best Design 2014
Best Build 2014
Best Test 2014
Best Experimenter 2014

Paul Dye's RV-4

Guest Speaker Paul Dye

Musical Guest: Shame and Glory

Catbird Closeups

Zach Reeder and Jim Reed have been working hard on the Catbird.  Here are some closeups of the new tanks.

Michael Tribuno's video of the GP5 record attempts

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Off to a great start

What a start to the week!

Lee spent yesterday boring holes in the sky.  3 record attempts before lunch.  That's a busy day.


Twin Boom Long EZ mod nomination

Mojave Experimental Fly-in
Award Nomination

Title: Twin Boom Long EZ Nomination
Category: Design/Build/Test
Aircraft: Nault Long EZ

Experimenter: Tom Nault
Date: 1-2013 thru present
Author: Elliot Seguin

Argument:  Tom is attempting one of the more aggressive mods to a Long EZ in a long time.  Tom is adding two booms to the main wing that extend aft to support vertical tails, the resulting configuration being similar to the Rutan ARES mud fighter, and everyman should have an ARES.  This is the first attempt I have seen to modify a long EZ in theis way.  Tom is using old school manufacturing methods and in general the whole project beckons to another time in experimental aviation, a time that perhaps created the idea of the experimental aircraft as we now know it.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Sheep are safe

Darryl setting the world propeller speed record Photo: Pete Law
In preparation for next weeks record setting we needed to make sure the 3km course was in fact clear of any "person, vessel, vehicle, or structure".  We confirmed with our local FSDO that this includes sheep.  As a result Brian Utley and I got to meet Miguel, a Mojave Basque who tends 1500 sheep not far from the planned 3km course.  Miguel has agreed to move the sheep to a safe distance for the upcoming record setting.

Miguel's 1500 sheep

Miguel's Sheep Dogs


Water for Sheep

Brian Utley is here!

Our first NAA official observer Brian Utley is here!