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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

The New Guy

Getting advice from the Internet. By David Boeshaar.

Letters

Where'd Everybody Go?What happened to "Ask the DAR"? He wasn't in my last issue,...

Wind Tunnel

This month columnist Barnaby Wainfan takes a look at how the airplane responds in roll when the pilot is maneuvering. Two key factors are roll acceleration and the steady-state roll rate.

Air Power

The art of porting cylinder heads, whether by hand or by CNC machine, is a valuable part of blueprinting detailed engine builds or overhauls, and surprisingly subtle changes can determine how efficiently the engine will breathe.