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Contributing Editor Amy Laboda is a freelance writer and editor of Aviation for Women magazine. She's an ATP-rated pilot and instrument and multi-engine Flight Instructor with a passion for teaching and flying in light aircraft. Her steady rides these days are a 18-year old Kitfox IV and a fresh Van's RV-10.

Just Call Him Mr. Pylon

Homebuilt aircraft builder Steve Wittman was one of Americas greatest air racers. By Amy Laboda.

Ray Stits Remembered

Designer of 15 Experimentals, inventor of the Poly-Fiber covering system, and founder of EAA Chapter 1, he was an aviation ambassador for all. By Amy Laboda.

But Do I Need It?

One of the things all of us love to do at any air show where there are a lot of vendors with aircraft parts, avionics and pilot supplies is to browse. Yep, face it guys. You go to shows like Sun ‘n Fun as dreamers; and a few of us actually warm up the plastic. […]

Rotax 915iS is Coming

Rotax introduced its souped up 915iS, a 135 hp turbocharged, intercooled four stroke, fuel injected engine last summer at EAA AirVenture. Yesterday at Sun ‘n Fun 2016 Rotax Business Manager Marc Becker provided a window into the development schedule for the engine.

Go to Ground!

When I come to big shows such as Sun ‘n Fun I feel like there’s a whole bunch of learning to be done. To that end, I make a point of attending the forums in the Homebuilt Area. You can learn about fabric covering, or riveting aluminum, bending aluminum, or even welding. This year at […]

Promises, Promises

Remembering Jim Bede Sr.

Down To Earth

Taking our instrument panel into the next decade. By Amy Laboda.

Down to Earth

Getting the spark right. By Amy Laboda.

Turbine-Powered RV-10

New light turboprop engines are coming to Experimental/Amateur-Built aviation.

Down to Earth

Harnessing the wisdom of the hive. By Amy Laboda.

In Case You Missed it

Down to Earth

Is the mainstream medias portrayal of aviation incidents sensationalized or on target? Turns out they are right in some aspects, but lacking in others. Either way, the aviation accident rate illustrates that there's still room for improvement; by Amy Laboda.

All About Avionics

Todays homebuilt aircraft avionics packages often incorporate a number of boxes behind the panel, all requiring a particular type of wiring to go with them (not to mention all the other power draws such as lights, flap motors, etc.). Its advisable, then, to consider the length and nature of the wiring to be included in your project from the moment you start building. Avionics techno Stein Bruch explains the how and why of managing the wiring requirements for your aircraft.

Ask the DAR

DAR Mel Asberry answers questions about when you need A&P signoff, re-certifying an airplane to make it an LSA (hint: cant be done) and pre-registration of an Experimental.

In Search of Speed

Looking for the perfect next project, part 1.