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Table of Contents

April 2014 Issue

Buyer's Guide

2014 Alternative Engine Buyer's Guide

Converted for flight. By Patrick Panzera.

Flight Reports

Those Wright Brothers are at it Again

The original homebuilt. By Paul Dye.

Builder Spotlight

Northward Ho!

Alaska and back in a plans-built Sonex. By Robert E. Barber.

Engine Build School

Class is in session at Superior Engines—Part 2. By Omar Filipovic.

Wooden Props

While composite props are making inroads, the century-old technology of wood more than holds its own. By Paul Bertorelli.

How the Pros do It

The visit to Maule Aircraft continues. By Dan Horton.

Error Chain

Bubble, bubble, boil… and trouble! Vapor lock stops a Lycoming during Phase 1 testing. By Bill Repucci.

Ask the DAR

KR-2 as LSA, overweight ultralights, pre-cover inspections. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

To Bead or Not to Bead?

There is no question. By Dan Horton.

Maintenance Matters

Give yourself a brake! By Dave Prizio.

Practical Electrical

Battery facts and fables for the aircraft builder–Part 1. By Robert L. Nuckolls, III.

Aero 'lectrics

That’s why we call them sparkies. By Jim Weir.

Shop Tips

Shop Tip

Easy Wire Identification. By Gil Alexander.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Aeroelasticity. By Barnaby Wainfan.

Exploring

Editor's Log

History. By Paul Dye.

Kit Bits

Letters

Builders' Marketplace

Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.

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N958PD first flightSubSonex Serial #21 (N958PD) made its first flight out of the Dayton Valley Airpark in Nevada on the 24th of March, 2019. Winter kept trying to hang on in the Sierra Nevada mountains, but the weather smiled on us, I had a great crew that made themselves available on short notice, and we got "Loki" …
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Phillabaum-HelicycleFirst flight of my Helicycle helicopter was on January 31, 2019 after two years of part-time building. Previously, before I retired, I built an RV-8 and a Zenith 750. The Helicycle was my first post- retirement project. I discovered I had more building time when I was working. Now trips, lake time, skiing, etc. interfere …

lycoming-thunderbolt-o-360-redAt Sun 'n Fun 2018 we interviewed Jeff Schans, Lycoming's Sales manager and we asked about the popular Thunderbolt Engines. Watch the short Product Minute video as Jeff describes the benefits of the Thunderbolt product line and what it means for the aircraft homebuilder.
Dynon Avionics' latest-generation SkyView integrated avionics called the SkyView HDX has a newly designed bezel and user controls for easier use while flying in turbulence, plus brighter displays and a reworked touch interface. Larry Anglisano takes a product tour of the HDX with Dynon's Michael Schoefield in this video.
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