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Chuck Deiterich built and flies N701TX, a Zenith STOL CH 701. As a NASA flight controller, he was on the Flight Dynamics Team (trajectory planning and control) for Apollo, Skylab, ASTP and the Shuttle Approach and Landing Tests.

A Fix for Square Tires

A simple lever jack might be all you need to banish the “thump thump.”

Two Flash or Not Two Flash

Building a double-flash LED strobe system.

Jabiru Dipstick Removal Tool

The oil quantity in my Jabiru 2200 is just a little over two quarts, so every ounce counts. Occasionally and over time, oil...

Give Me a Brake

When his Zenith CH 701 wouldn't stay put during runup and tended to roll on an incline, builder Chuck Deiterich came up with a do-it-yourself solution.

Hamming It Up

Amateur radio enthusiast Chuck Deiterich explains how pilots can use the Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) to track their flights and stay in touch with loved ones for a modest investment.

Dual Time

Its a stool! Its a set of chocks! Its both. Chuck Deiterich shows you how to craft one with PVC pipe, plywood and some hardware.

DIY Firewall Boots

Need to seal your firewall, reduce carbon monoxide and allow components to move freely? Chuck Dieterich shows you how to make firewall boots.

DIY Wind Indicator

Chuck Deiterichs description of a do-it-yourself wind indicator project includes tips, drawings, a parts listing, in-progress photos and a look at the finished product. His experimentation with the highly visible design takes the guesswork out of doing it right.

DIY Airport Glideslope Indicator

Author Chuck Deiterich details how to build your own simple but effective visual glideslope indicator using common household construction materials.

In Case You Missed it

Design Process: Landing Gear

It’s time to turn our attention to a major component of the airplane—the landing gear.

Aero ‘lectrics

Documenting the changes you make to your airplanes electrical system is tedious work-but vital. Jim Weir takes a look at the software available to help you keep track of upgrades and mods.

Aero ‘lectrics

Ground that plane!

Wind Tunnel

While two-control airplanes were designed to make a pilot’s life simpler, they come with significant compromises.