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Bob Hadley

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Bob Hadley is the R&D manager for a California-based consumer products company. He holds a Sport Pilot certificate and a Light-Sport Repairman certificate with inspection authorization for his Jabiru J250-SP.

Solving a Calibration Conundrum

Of all things, I never dreamed that out of the 40+ screwdrivers and dozens of driver bits that I own, one day I’d need...

iPad Chiller

Just about every pilot I know uses an iPad or Android tablet with ForeFlight, Garmin Pilot or WingX software. In most cases it’s their...

Stage Right

Of all the milling machine jobs I do, 99.99% involve clamping work in the mill vise. Occasionally, a project comes up where the part...

Another Drill Guide

The cordless hand drill is a marvel of engineering. Lightweight and powerful, it can do just about any drilling job on an airplane. But...

Wheel Pant Suspenders

The challenge with this wheel pant was where to mount it, and how.

Poka-Yoke Cable Clamp

From a machinist’s point of view, the clamp couldn’t be simpler: A couple of grooves, some bolt holes and you’re done.

Bob’s Donut Shop

In my April 2021 column, I described making custom rivet nuts to replace self-tapping screws for the wing root fairings on my Jabiru. While...

Fuel Cap Dipstick (and Always Chock Your Wheels)

Before I delve into this month’s project, here’s the backstory on where it came from: I started my flight training with 10 hours in...

Shop-made Blind Rivet Nut

Blind rivet nuts, also called rivnuts, rivet nuts or insert nuts, are a clever way to add threaded bosses to thin-wall sheet metal structures...

Cylinder Hones and Honing

Honing and lapping are similar inasmuch as both employ abrasive action to remove metal and refine the finish of the surface that’s being honed...

In Case You Missed it

High Desert Tales

Scary stuff.

Firewall Forward: Cowls, Baffles and Intake Air

How to keep your engine’s carburetor or fuel-injection system breathing right.

Light Stuff

This month, Light Stuff columnist Dave Martin briefly reviews the history of single-seat ultralights and predicts their future as ELSAs. Assuming they are neither fat nor too fast, getting the required training may still be a stickler.

Fabric Covering 101

Lessons learned applying fabric to a Murphy Maverick.