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July 2019 Issue

Builder Spotlight

Something Different

Building a Breezy for the 21st century. By Scott M. Spangler.

Rabbit Holes

Conquering unforeseen challenges when building, flying, and maintaining an aircraft. By Myron Nelson.

When It’s Time to Throw That Landing Away

How to go around safely. By LeRoy Cook.

Induction Wave Propagation

Yet another way to increase engine volumetric efficiency. By Dave Anders.

Building the Bearhawk LSA

The noisy end. By Ken Scott.

The $250 Smoke System

Why buy a commercial system when itís easy to roll your own? By Vince Homer.

Homebuilt Accidents: Evaluating Engines

Statistics show traditional certified engines have the best reliability. By Ron Wanttaja.


Converting a Strojnik S2A motorglider from gas to electric power. By Donald J. Berk.

Adjustable Jig Posts

An easy way to keep a wood jig in alignment. By Omar Filipovic.


Shop Talk

Home Shop Machinist

Preservative fogger. By Bob Hadley.

Aero ’lectrics

Hall of fame. By Jim Weir.


Wrong nav lights. By Vic Syracuse.

Shop Tips

Rivet Gun Punch

By Larry Larson.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Design processótail volume. By Barnaby Wainfan.


Editor’s Log

Get-there-itis. By Paul Dye.


A continuing journey. By Vic Syracuse.

Building Time

What you donít need to know can hurt you. By Kerry Fores.

Rear Cockpit

Old airplanes, new pilots. 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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