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Axel Alvarez

Axel Alvarez
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Maybe Axel was destined for Reno racing all along. He soloed at 16, earned the ol' Private at 17, Instrument at 18 and Commercial at 19. Then he earned an Aerospace Engineering degree from the University of Tennessee, and also graduated from the Navy's Test Pilot School (as a civilian). When not racing, he enjoys flocking with the West Coast Ravens formation team.

Roll Your Own Control Locks

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A lightweight, inexpensive alternative to wrapping a seat belt around the stick. By Axel Alvarez.

Roll Your Own Pitot Tube Cover

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An easy solution when commercially available covers wont fit. By Axel Alvarez.

Roll Your Own Brake Fluid Pump System

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Rolling your own brake fluid pump and filling your brake system can be easily accomplished by following the steps below. You will need the...

In Case You Missed it

Simulating Emergencies

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Given the aviation accident statistics, its wise to stay sharp between flights, and one way to do that is to practice on a simulator. While that used to be cost prohibitive, todays simulators not only work well on your home computer, they offer homebuilt designs to fly; by Chuck Bodeen.

Wind Tunnel

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Today, monoplanes dominate, but biplanes came first. They had their advantages—and for some of today’s missions, they still do.

Light Stuff

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The dream of flying cars remains alive and well, and several companies are taking on the challenge. By Roy Beisswenger.

A Sign of the Zodiac (Part 5)

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Builder Rick Lindstrom’s Zenith Zodiac 601 XL project continues as he discusses the successes and setbacks he experienced along the way to the first flight; by Rick Lindstrom.