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Bill Repucci

Bill Repucci
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Bill Repucci was handed his Private Pilot’s certificate back in the days when the written test was taken with a Number 2 pencil. At the time, Bill was told that he now had a “License to Learn.” And learn he did, mostly that there was humor buried in the quirky ways of those of us who call ourselves aviators.

Stop Smoking

A simple rivet repair we hope you won’t have to make.

Quick-Drain O-Ring Change

By Bill Repucci.

Error Chain

Bubble, bubble, boil… and trouble! Vapor lock stops a Lycoming during Phase 1 testing. By Bill Repucci.

Tooling Up!

Beginner's guide to aircraft tools and tool suppliers.

Cowl Plug Footballs

Nerf footballs give their all for flight safety. By Bill Repucci.

Dakota Super 18

Unparalleled slow-speed handling characteristics set this Cub apart. By Bill Repucci.

Vroom!

Months of repair work netted Bill Repucci a new, more powerful engine for his RV-9. The increase in horsepower brings with it a shift in CG and handling characteristics.

Ka-ching!

Continuing the engine rebuild after his RV-9 suffered an untimely prop strike, Bill Repucci discovers that what should have been a straightforward installation turns out to be anything but.

Kerpow!

An untimely prop strike results in more than just a call to the insurance company. Decisions regarding engine and propeller replacement open up numerous options. By Bill Repucci.

Here Comes the Judge

How do aircraft judges at the big annual events evaluate a potential prizewinner? You might be surprised. By Bill Repucci.

In Case You Missed it

Kit Stuff

Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.

Wind Tunnel

VTOL aircraft.

Build Your Skills: Composites (Part 10)

What do you do when your horizontal stabilizer isn't exactly horizontal? First, you check that the fuselage is level. If this confirms that the stabilizer is indeed slightly off, remove it and apply heat. Sounds simple, but there's a right and a wrong way to go about it, and author Bob Fritz describes the most effective method to straighten things out.