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Dan Vance

Dan Vance
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Dan Vance is a mechanical engineer who has had his private pilot certificate for 45 years. He enjoys creating and fabricating things (website: gdimfg.com) almost as much as he enjoys flying.

DIY Compact Blind-Rivet Puller

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  While building my Panther tail kit, I came upon this note in the assembly manual in the elevator joiner photo: “This rivet is impossible...

Releasable Piano Hinge Pin Retainer

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There are lots of creative ways that builders have devised for retaining piano hinge pins. Many of them are “permanent,” so if removal is...

DIY Adjustable Rib Centerline Marking Tool

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As a new builder I came quickly to the step of needing to mark rib centerlines to align the ribs with the predrilled holes in the skin.

In Case You Missed it

Light Stuff

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This years Sebring Expo was a harbinger of the future for Light Sport Aircraft, and it appears relatively steady. By Dave Martin.

Listen To the Engine

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This month’s column is the start of a new series based upon feedback from...

Fast Squeeze

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Todd Rudberg’s RV-8 helps usher in a modern era of nitrous-oxide-assisted sport planes.

Cooling Inlets, Part 2

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As we saw last month, an ideal cooling air inlet system should ingest air...