James Wiebe (in ball cap) with his daughter, Jennifer (leaning in plane) and "MythBusters" stars (from left) Grant Imahara, Kari Byron and Tory Belleci.WICHITA — James Wiebe is having a big summer.
"My 15-minute clock has started two or three times this year," he says.
Wiebe, who owns Belite Aircraft with his wife, Kathy, won an award a few weeks ago at Oshkosh for outstanding contribution to the advancement of light aircraft design.
Then the FBI had Wiebe, who is an expert in digital forensics, be a guest lecturer for a group of computer examiners at Quantico.
"It was a big deal for me," he says. "Never had that happen at that level before."
Now, Wiebe and one of his planes are going to be on "MythBusters," the Discovery show that uses science to either prove or disprove myths.
"All this stuff is just happening," Wiebe says.
He made the "MythBusters" appearance happen with an e-mail.
"I wanted to see if I could get our airplane onto the show," Wiebe says.
He wondered if there might be a myth to explore using his plane.
"About a dozen e-mails later, I had an e-mail from their executive producers that they were on board to explore this aviation-related myth," Wiebe says.
"I was just betting it's a fairly rare thing for someone to offer them an airplane to use for . . . filming a TV show. I was so absolutely correct on that."