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October 2016 Issue

Flight Reports

Merlin PSA

The personal single. By Paul Dye.

Builder Spotlight

The Ins and Outs of Pre-buys

Donít buy a used Experimental aircraft without one (Part 2). By Vic Syracuse.

Getting High Off Grass

Flying organically with turf runways. By LeRoy Cook.

A Custom Maintenance Manual for a Custom Aircraft

It may not be required, but itís essential for performing thorough inspections. By Katie Bosman Krotje.

Balancing Act

Troubleshooting vibration problems in homebuilt airplanes. By Matthew Dock.

One Trick Stick

Andrew Angellotti develops an air data probe for the masses. By Tom Wilson.

Engine Theory

Direct vs. geared driveóone of aviationís great debates. By Tom Wilson.


Builders share their successes.

Ask the DAR

Condition inspections, N-number problems, removing an electrical system and transponder. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

The New Guy

Documenting your build. By David Boeshaar.

Maintenance Matters

Torque plates. By Dave Prizio.

Home Shop Machinist

The vise squad. By Bob Hadley.

Aero ’Lectrics

Workbench. By Jim Weir.

Shop Tips

A Better Rivet Holder

By Eric Stewart.

Folding Portable GPS Mount

By Jim Fleischman.

Designer's Notebook

Stressing Structure

Places to save weight and places not to. By David Paule.

Wind Tunnel

Wing root junctions. By Barnaby Wainfan.


Editor’s Log

Early or late? By Paul Dye.


The big picture and red herrings. By Vic Syracuse.

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Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
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Velocity 173 Fixed Gear Elite N653TS has taken just shy of 20 years to morph from several boxes of fiberglass parts to the plane you see here. Back in June 1997 I had just retired from the Army as a career helicopter pilot and wanted something to keep me active in aviation besides the typical …
N696VA is an RV12 built as an EAB. The plane took four and a half years and I logged 1900 hours in the build log. I've only flown it a couple of hours now but I just love this little plane. It's quick and nimble and performs very well. I painted the plane prior to …

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.
At Sun 'n Fun 2016, Dynon continued to push into the world of non-certified avionics with its SkyView SE, a less expensive version of its popular SkyView EFIS system. Paul Bertorelli prepared this video report.
The G5 is a self-contained electronic flight instrument, which can be interfaced with Garmin's G3X/Touch avionics and autopilot for backup and flight instrument redundancy. The GMA245 and remote GMA245R Bluetooth audio panels have advanced entertainment input functions and onscreen programming.
At Sun 'n Fun 2016, Just Aircraft is showing off its new Titan-powered SuperSTOL XL. Harrison Smith took Paul Bertorelli for a half-day demo flight in the new airplane, and here's his video report.
Kit manufacturer Zenith Aircraft Company has released a new 360-degree VR short video to showcase its kit aircraft and to promote the rewarding hobby of kit aircraft building and flying light-sport aircraft.
Whether you are upgrading the audio system in an older LSA or experimental or building a new project, PS Engineering and Garmin have non-certified audio panels equipped with advanced features better suited for smaller cabins.
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