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How the Pros Do It: How Diamond Builds Composite Airplanes

...and Austro diesel versions—and the impressive DA62 twin. Diamond Aircraft aren’t homebuilts, of course, but when the topic is “building airplanes,” we like to see how the pros do it....

How the Pros Do It: Continental Mattituck

  This month we’re visiting the pros at Mattituck Services in Fairhope, Alabama. The Mattituck brand was purchased by Continental Motors in late 1999, and all operations were consolidated at...

How the Pros Do It: Ripley Air

...sheet. With clear panels, all the pilot needs is a flashlight to see everything in the rear fuselage. Peek-a-boo baggage bin. Pros know airshow performance is a business. The goal...

How the Pros do It: Maule, Part 2

Have you ever been deeply immersed in a shop task and mumbled to yourself, “There must be a better way”? You’re not alone. The truth is that aircraft fabrication professionals...

How the Pros Do It: Jim Kimball Enterprises

  Have you ever been deeply immersed in a shop task and mumbled to yourself, “There must be a better way”? You’re not alone. The truth is that aircraft fabrication...

How the Pros Do It: Maule, Part 1

Have you ever been deeply immersed in a shop task and mumbled to yourself, “There must be a better way”? You’re not alone. The truth is that aircraft fabrication professionals...

All About Avionics

...will track this and notify you when ones due. Pros: Definitely market leading graphics, best of class functionality, most complete package of probes/sensors and harnesses available. The company is owned...

All About Avionics, Part 6

...don’t have much experience with it, but it appears to be a nice  unit for the price. Price: $999.Pros: Price point and size make the EKP-IV and Geopilot good buys....

All About Avionics, Part 7

...company’s top box, but rumors persist that the company will have a new unit at Oshkosh. Price: $5000. Pros: One of the lower cost certified IFR color displays available… Cons:...

Rear Cockpit

...cooling baffling so tight silicone sealer is more cosmetic than anything. Pros like safety wiring. Pros tend to hate bargain solutions because they know there aren’t any. They gravitate toward...

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Distress SignalI just received the February 2009 edition and dove into its contents with...

Minimax to the Rescue

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