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January 2019 Issue

Buyer's Guide

Propeller Buyer’s Guide

Thereís a perfect prop for every plane. By LeRoy Cook.

Builder Spotlight

The Three Bear(hawk)s

Collin Campbell has built a 4-Place, Patrol, and LSA. By Jared Yates.

In Search of the Perfect Landing

Itís simple, basically. By LeRoy Cook.

Second Hand is First Rate

Pitts happens when you have 11 months, talent, friends, spare parts, and a little cash. By Tom Wilson.

Adding an Auxiliary Fuel Tank to an RV-8

Circle track racing fuel cells can extend the range of your plane. By Glen Salmon.

Homebuilt Accidents—First Flights

Builder error is a major factor in first-flight accidents. By Ron Wanttaja.


Builders share their successes.

Ask the DAR

Hiring a professional build center to build an Experimental Light Sport Aircraft. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

Plane and Simple

Donít blow into the pitot tube! By Jon Croke.

Maintenance Matters

Using precision measuring tools. By Dave Prizio.

Home Shop Machinist

More doodads. By Bob Hadley.

Aero ’lectrics

Touch (the go-bag) and go. By Jim Weir.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Design process: balance. By Barnaby Wainfan.


Editor’s Log

The honor system. By Paul Dye.

The Dawn Patrol

Good things come in threes. By Dick Starks.

Building Time

Narrowed focus. By Kerry Fores.


More toys. By Vic Syracuse.

Rear Cockpit

Summer school. By Tom Wilson.

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Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
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" …
RANS S-6 N646GTN646GT started with six members in an LLC, and currently has four left, 10 years after we bought the kit. One of our team is Richard Hogan, the designer of the new Commutercraft. Our RANS S-6 started construction at a hangar at the now defunct Mathis Airport in Suwannee, Georgia, then moved to another hangar …
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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