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November 2016 Issue

Flight Reports

Miniature Yankee

The BD-17L has much in common with the original BD-1. By Paul Dye.

Builder Spotlight

Spitfire Squadron Scrambles Again

At Enstone, U.K., groups of builders are creating Spitfire replicas. By Geoff Jones.

Preparing for Your First Flight

The paperwork, the plane, and the pilot must come together for success. By Dave Prizio.

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

Upping Our Game. By Eric Stewart.

Driving Down the High Costs of Aircraft Ownership

Building a trailer for a Quickie Q200. By Lewis Bjork.

Homemade Compressed Air Brake Bleeder

An inexpensive tool for quickly bleeding aircraft brakes. By Reinhard Metz.

Error Chain

Anodizing and Fatigue Life. By Stuart Fields.

Teaching Helpers How to Rivet

What works for you may not work for them. By Philip Clifton.

Roll Your Own Pitot Tube Cover

An easy solution when commercially available covers won’t fit. By Axel Alvarez.

Engine Theory

Getting Practical—What can you do for a better engine? By Tom Wilson.

Ask the DAR

Proving compliance with the 51% rule, licensing ELSA or E/A-B, using an LSA commercially. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

Maintenance Matters

Dry tappet clearance. By Dave Prizio.

Home Shop Machinist

Gnarly good knurls. By Bob Hadley.

Aero ’Lectrics

Go forth and multiply. By Jim Weir.

Shop Tips

Splitting Tubing for Trim Purposes

By Jim Kinninger.

Dimple Tokens

By Larry Larson.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Pitch non-linearities. By Barnaby Wainfan.


Editor’s Log

Keeping up. By Paul Dye.

The Dawn Patrol

Know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em. By Dick Starks.


History repeats itself. By Vic Syracuse.

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