The SSSC was my first and the JMR Special my second. I made some changes in the Bearhawk that Bob Barrows used and he also had input on the SSSC and the JMR. The 4 seat Bearhawk was not Bob's first homebuilt that he designed and built. So he has designed and built 4 different homebuilts.Pops:
Aren't several of your airplanes your design?
So Bob Whittier inspired homebuilding with articles, he never designed any Homebuilt, yet he was inducted into EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame. Also Jack cox and others, see my link.
Really? Barnaby writing for decades about aircraft theory can't compare with Jack Cox who never designed anything.
We all miss Jack. I only mentioned Jack because although he never built a Homebuilt, he had a huge impact on homebuilding and was inducted into EAA Hall of Homebuilding.While I am proud of my years of writing, and I hope it is informative to my readers, I can't compare to Jack Cox as an aviation writer.
Jack was one of a kind, and one of the best writers to cover the experimental aircraft and homebuilt world. He was also a true gentleman, and a friend whose passing made us all a little poorer.
Jacks writing about the airplanes, and the people behind them inspired many (most) of us in our aviation dreams, and for that alone he deserves to be remembered as one of the greats.
Jack Cox not only was an outstanding writer, but also was an outstanding person. My friend and neighbor bought Jack's Comanchee when Jack quit flying.The person you nominate can be from any period in the history of aviation. Activities that would make a person potentially eligible would include, but not be limited to: designer, builder, educator, innovator, award winner, leader, record setter, technical contributor, flyer, etc. The award may be given to a living person or posthumously.
Evans certainly made a very positive impact on homebuilt aviation.I put forward a nomination for Bud Evans a couple of years ago, even connected with his son, but it didn't seem to get any traction. It's hard to imagine any other homebuilt having sold more plans or inspired more dreams than the Volksplane.
I would like go out to his Pitts checkout course. Never flew one. Always wanted to. He stays very busy.Evans certainly made a very positive impact on homebuilt aviation.
Did you nominate him to the EAA, or to this thread? If this thread, there is no criteria for “getting traction.” All input is valid.
BTW, I co-sponsored Budd Davisson for the International Aerobatic Club (division of EAA) hall of fame several years ago. He was not selected; apparently his membership in the good old boy’s club had expired.
Try to fine an S-2B or C; they are closer to an S-1S than Budd’s S-2A. Any of the -2’s have visibility from the front seat very similar to the S-1S.I would like go out to his Pitts checkout course. Never flew one. Always wanted to. He stays very busy.
I ground looped a Smith, maybe I would get a chance to ground loop a Pitts I was a student pilot then, I have progressed and wouldn't take me as long.