Patrick Panzera wrote a really cool story with great EAA photos of the Snedden M7 ultralight that appears in the Experimenter E-newsletter that is a joint venture between the EAA and Contact Magazine.
Thank you so much for the DVDs of the many really great photos and the copy of the Ultralight Pilots Association of Canada Magazine (UPAC). We never took the time to do a photo session for the M7 at Oshkosh, so your photos more than make up for it.
Thank You UPAC president Kathy Lubitz for making a special trip to the ultralight area to see the M7. I’m so sorry I could not break away from the M7 to see anything outside the ultralight area including your famed 1909 replica Silver Dart.
Thank You Charlie Becker EAA Director, Member Programs for driving Laura about to buy me my EAA hat and sitting in the M7. Laura will send you a photo.
One of the many exciting things that we will be doing with the M7 is an experiment that might lead to the building of a auto engine powered, full scale, low speed wind tunnel for low cost intermediate level flight training 24-7. This experiment will involve tethering the M7 about 20-30 feet behind a 7 foot tall steel post planted directly behind the rudder of a twin engine airplane. This will enable people new and squeamish to flight to actually and safely solo fly and experience the M7 and its revolutionary control system at airspeeds 25 and up and at zero ground speed above a cushioned arrangement and optional side and vertical tethering. With headset communication between me, the student and airplane throttle operator, I will be free to walk about the M7 and actually push and pull the levitated M7 to challenge the student to higher skill levels. To say the least it will be very fun and should make for one of the most interesting and inspiring aviation photos of the year. All resources have been approved to support this experiment. If it works, it could be later displayed at Airventure. That would be something that people would talk about for years.