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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.

Toe Bar

Uneven tire wear is usually an indication of a problem with wheel alignment. Most of the time, the issue will be with toe, which...

How the Bead Goes On

Welded assemblies (also known as weldments) can be found on just about every airplane. Even my Jabiru, which is 99% fiberglass, has a tubular-steel...

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...

In Case You Missed it

Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.

Editor’s Log

Its about the people.

What’s New

The new Lancair Evolution flies, and the Aircraft Electronics Association speaks out on ADS-B implementation. The Arlington Fly-In and EAA sign new agreement, and Garmin introduces the GPSMAP 495. Aircrafters LLC is the distributor for a new overhead lighting console.

Aero ‘lectrics

How do you condition a battery not in regular use to extend its lifetime? Run it down and then charge it back up. Jim Weir explains how to achieve this with about $10 worth of parts.