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October 2006 Issue

Cover Story

Comp Air 8 SS52

"Wind? We don't worry about the wind," Ron Lueck says. "Not unless it's been given a name." The mid-Florida coastline still showed the ravages of several major hurricanes that had recently destroyed buildings and airplanes alike, with discrimination.

Flight Reports

Comp Air 8 SS52

It's mega utility in a composite package; by Rick Lindstrom.

Builder Spotlight

The 18-Day Sportsman: Packing the Panel

For an accelerated build, planning the panel cannot be a part-time project; by Marc Cook.

The Bicycle Mechanic's Flying Dream

Two brothers' journey toward a flying homebuilt parallels another pair of brothers. Well, kinda. By Tim Bayer.

Completions

Builders share their successes with our readers.

Shop Talk

Detonation and Pre-Ignition

Often used interchangeably, detonation and pre-ignition are not only different but significant in different ways; by Walter Atkinson.

Air Cooler Basics

Keep your oil cool, keep your engine running; by Norm Ellis.

Anatomy of a Vernatherm

Help wanted: Experienced oil flow manager, 40,000 cycles or more; by Norm Ellis.

Product Review: EA DRDT-2 Dimpler

With this innovative tool, mechaniczal advantage becomes builder advantage; by Ed Wischmeyer.

Engine Beat

Hexadyne P60: Four strokes, small package; by Tim Kern.

Aero 'Lectrics

How hot are we? By Jim Weir.

Designer's Notebook

Designer Spotlight: Dean Wilson

For the patriarch of the two-place, folding-wing light aircraft concept, design is a way of life; by Tim Kern.

Wind Tunnel

New rules, new designs...it's all good; by Barnaby Wainfan.

Exploring

Around the Patch

Some late-summer poolside reading; by Marc Cook.

Buying Used: All Things Zenith

Here's how to make sure that the previously owned Zenith homebuilt is really for you; by Cory Emberson.

Light Stuff

Here's the lowdown on Sport Pilot training in a new LSA; by Dave Martin.

October 2006 Links
Follow these links to visit the web sites of companies you read about in the October issue.

What's New
California Power Systems
EAA 1006
Lockwood Aviation
Lynx Avionics
Midwest Sport Aviation



No Comp Air(ison)
Comp Air, Inc.



Buying Used: All Things Zenith
Rand Gray's 601 Inspection Checklist
Zenair, Ltd.
Zenith Aircraft



The 18-Day Sportsman
AirGizmos, LLC
Dynon Avionics
Garmin International
Glasair Aviation
One Mile Up (Panel Planner)
Pacific Coast Avionics
PS Engineering
TruTrak Flight Systems
UMA Instruments



Detonation vs. Pre-Ignition
Advanced Pilot Seminars



Product Review: EA DRDT-2 Experimental
ExperimentalAero



Engine Beat
Hexadyne Aviation



Light Stuff
EAA Sport Pilot Instructors



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