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Bob Hadley

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.

Accessory Stacking To Mill an Arc

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Securely holding small parts for machining is always a challenge. The solution may be to use a work-holding gadget such as a pin vise...

Driver Upgrade for Avionics Trays

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Installing small screws into the tight confines of a deep avionics tray is a challenge that can be both annoying and frustrating.

ERCuSi-A Silicon Bronze, the AlternaTIG Option

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Last summer I had the chance to get some hands-on experience with TIG brazing. Other than a YouTube video or two, I knew next...

LSA Tail Stand

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I decided I needed a tail stand after my transponder inspection last spring. A normal transponder inspection is pretty basic: Turn on the avionics...

Whatever Works!

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One of the things that I learned from reading Paul Dye’s coverage of last year’s Reno Air Races was that everybody uses tape to...

Spinner Bulkhead Clocking

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Spinner woes were the topic of midsummer musings on Van’s Air Force this year. Specifically, Bill from Virginia commented how, after getting his Hartzell...

Plug-Gapping Tool

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If you read Paul Dye’s article “Automotive Plugs in Lycomings” in the August 2023 issue, you know that using inexpensive automotive-style single-electrode spark plugs...

Oil Filter Slicer-Off-Er

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The process of inspecting an oil filter is not complicated. Slice the top off using a filter cutting tool. Extract the cartridge that holds...

Hankering for an Anchoring

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Most airports provide provisions to tie down transient aircraft. I’ve seen everything from loops of rebar sticking out of asphalt to cables and ropes...

Fly Cutting a Cove With a Boring Head

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Fly cutting is a great way to put a “finish” on a flat and true face. The sweeping tool marks are not only instantly...

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Kit Stuff

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Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.

What’s New

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Illuminate your panel, a new EFIS, and a Subaru-based firewall-forwaard engine package; edited by Mary Bernard.

Aero ‘lectrics

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Columnist Jim Weir puts two, two, two LED lights in one hole, angled to ensure the maximum nav light visibility in any direction. He explains how to put the system together and explains why heat matters.

Weight Watchers

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There is no doubt that the lighter the airplane, the better it performs and the better it generally seems to handle.