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Dan Checkoway

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Dan Checkoway is an RV-7 builder—now flyer—and developer of the RV Project web site (www.rvproject.com).

Dan’s World

Columnist Dan Checkoway appreciates the flexibility of owning a homebuilt rather than a certified aircraft. On a recent condition inspection of his RV-7, he detected small cracks in the front spar of the horizontal stabilizer. A week later he was working on replacing it, without any intervention from the FAA.

Dan’s World

Sometimes its surprising to see homebuilt aircraft kits languishing in garages or hangars or workshops. Especially the quickbuilds, which raises the question of whether there's something about buying a QB kit that leads to procrastination. Columnist Dan Checkoway ponders the question, looking to his own experience for an answer.

Dan’s World

Columnist and RV builder Dan Checkoway advocates keeping it simple so that you can actually afford to fuel and fly your homebuilt aircraft. He claims many builders buy into the hype about the latest and greatest equipment must-haves, and then complain about the price at the pump.

Build Your Skills: Metal, Part 2

How to meld with metal and bash rivets without blood or tears; by Dan Checkoway.

Build Your Skills: Metal, Part 1

An RV builder begins our journey through the gritty details of working with metal.

In Case You Missed it

Completion Secrets

Selecting the right build location, having a solid plan and making a realistic budget are just a few of the things you can do to keep your project on track.

Designer Spotlight: John Thorp

John W. Thorp has had a profound influence on both homebuilding and on aviation in general. If you've flown Piper Cherokees or know of the all-flying tail, you're familiar with his design principles, and his T-18 is still a favorite worldwide.

Light Aircraft Fuel System Design

Part 1-if its not broken, don't fix it!

Fuel Shutoff Valve

There's more to an extended-range fuel system than just adding tanks.