George Gennuso's Pulsar

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On the morning of 5 December 2000, the long awaited first flight of George Gennuso's Pulsar took place at Fox Field, Lancaster, CA. George served as his own test pilot, with the support of EAA Chapter 1000 Flight Advisor Gary Aldrich. First flight pictures courtesy of Gary Aldrich.

The first flight was shorter than planned--about 6 minutes. The report was that the EGTs were excessively high, so a landing was made after the first trip around the pattern.

The Test Pilot's Initial Flight Report:

"It is sure nice to get the first flight out of the way. It didn't go as planned but I was able to get a good feel for the plane. Found lots of little things that when corrected will make the next flight less exciting. A simple thing like learning where the take off trim should be set will make the lift off and climbout less demanding. All in all the airplane is stable and does not exibit any unusual traits such as wing heaviness or real sensitive control inputs, it was pretty much as I expected it to fly."
George reviews his flight cards before taxiing out.
Taxi to Runway 24
Cleared for Takeoff
It flies!
Once around the pattern
Taxi back to the hangar
You couldn't get a bigger grin on that face. Congratulations George!

George's Pulsar wings are sheeted with plywood, covered with a layer of fiberglass. As George has said before, "Anything done to a composite airplane that involves friction creates snow...." To keep the snow (sanding dust) under control and Diane off of his back, he constructed this "snow tent."
Here we see the wing after another exciting round of sanding.
The wings after a full treatment of Smooth Prime and billions of hours of sanding and snow blizzards in the workshop. These wings are so smooth and so true that you can place a 3 foot (or longer) straightedge on the wing and not be able to get a feeler gauge or light underneath it.
George glows with excitement over how well the fuselage is turning out.
The tail feathers, equally smoothed out.
Three wheel pants, modified from the original design, stand by waiting for wheels.
George Gennuso, Poly Fiber Smooth Prime spokesperson. While you won't find it in any of the Poly Fiber literature, George is the man who told Jon Goldenbaum, Poly Fiber President, that Smooth Prime could be applied with a paint roller!
The Pulsar is not all just fiberglass. The flaps and ailerons are aluminum. Here we see George at Erbman's Chapter 1000 Alodining Facility. This conversion coating prepares the aluminum to accept the primer and ultimately the paint. George is currently preparing the aluminum for the conversion coating application.
Rinsing off the alodine solution after application of the coating.
The end result after painting! Time to call the Flight Advisor!

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Revised -- 5 December 2000