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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.

Spacewalker II Project

Switching from scratch build to restoration.

Scratching the Itch to Scratch Build

Getting started on a Spacewalker II.

Hang Up!

I have been flying my RV-9 for 14 years and a thousand hours. You would think that by now I’d have this figured out,...

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.

In Case You Missed it

Home Shop Machinist

Manifold destiny—3D printing a manifold.

KR Airplanes-Affordable, Fun Flying

Chino KR Fly-In showcased this sporty, economical airplane.

Ask the DAR

Repairman certificate eligibility, ELSA mods, flying at civil twilight, fuel cap engraving.

Firewall Forward: Electrical Systems, Part 2

Alternators, busses, breakers and fuses form the core of aircraft electrical systems. Here’s what you need to know to install them correctly.