Ed's Hobbies

Currently active hobbies and loves
Family Karen & Becky
Exercise I'm working on exercising 45 minutes to an hour, seven days a week, 365.25 days a year.  To keep my interest up and avoid overuse injuries, I'm rotating among:  elliptical machine, Tae Bo, tread-mill up-hill walking, and I hope to get back to distance hiking, racquetball and bicycling.
Photography Film and digital photography
Photo printing (digital via color printer)
Getting back into doing it for fun after doing-it-for-work-burnout.
Flying and airplane building Building a Challenger II ultralight trainer.  The Challenger II is a two-place tandem (front/back seating) fixed-wing, aerodynamic control (like a regular plane) ultralight.  It could be eligible as an Experimental Amateur Built airplane or glider (self-launch) and be eligible to be flown by a pilot flying under Sport Pilot rules.  For details, see my Challenger page.

Information about Challenger II
http://edburkhead.com/Challenger/challenger_ii_page.htm
http://www.quadcitychallenger.com/  factory
http://www.challenger.ca/  Canadian Dealer - nice site

After 23 years, I sold my Ercoupe to a good Coupe mechanic who sold it then painted it and put in new upholstery, new instrument panel - a pretty complete restoration.  I still manage the Internet Ercoupe forums.

Information about Ercoupes:
http://www.ercoupe.org
http://edburkhead.com/Ercoupe/index.htm

National/international Ercoupe forums which I manage:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ercoupe-tech/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ercoupe-flyin/

Reading Mostly, but not all, Speculative Fiction (Sci-Fi)   I prefer the "hard" SF based on plausible-science and social ideas (though I've enjoyed a few good fantasies, too).
Studying
and
playing
with
Computers
Making web pages (HTML and web page tools)
http://www.ercoupe.org  (original contributor of content and layout)
http://edburkhead.com/
Digital imaging
Digital photography with Nikon D-200 and Nikon D-50
Digital photographic printing
Image scanning
Information access
Camping Family camping in our pop-up camper

Previous hobbies with which I've
had fun over the last 50 years
flying
photography
reading
sailing
canoeing
driving
swimming
scuba
computers
bicycling
Tae-Bo
public speaking
writing
     novel/story
     journalistic
army reserves
computers
skiing X/C
skiing downhill
international relations
politics
travel
taking night classes
judo
acting (plays)
racquetball
hiking
camping
winter camping
astronomy
amateur radio
psychology
first aid
guitar
wrestling
running
mountain climbing
optics
music
editing/publishing
aerobics
teaching
sales
languages
web development
singing
tree climbing
speed-walking