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Dave Martin served as editor of this magazine for 17 years and began aviation journalism evaluating ultralights in the early ’80s. A former CFI (airplanes, gliders, instruments), he’s flown more than 160 aircraft types plus 60 ultralights (including a single-seat, no-basket hot air balloon). Now living at a residential airpark in Oregon, he flies his new Van’s Aircraft RV-12.

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Dave Martins Spacewalker II makes room for his recently completed RV-12, and heads east to its new owner in Ohio.

The Independence Project: A Power Finish

The engine and prop complete the building phase, and the RV-12 is ready for the flight test phase. By Dave Martin.

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LSAs are fun, and being able to make that water landing-and takeoff-in one is even more enjoyable. Join Dave Martin as he samples the Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey LSX.

The Independence Project: Avionics

It’s time to install the shiny, expensive boxes in the RV-12. Yes, the avionics package goes in… and it’s not as difficult as it used to be. By Dave Martin.

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Dave Martin looks at the future of ultralight-like SLSA trainers, and what may be in store from the FAA.

The Independence Project: We Start the Finish Kit

The Independence Project presses on, this time tackling the multiple tasks that make up the finish kit on the RV-12. By Dave Martin.

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Dave Martin revisits the Evektor SportStar, and even after a three-year hiatus, he found the Max IFR to be a forgiving and delightful airplane.

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The Australian developers of the Jabiru engine wanted to build a sport airplane. But when their original engine choice went off the market, they developed its replacement, too. By Dave Martin.

The Independence Project: Forward to the Fuselage

Dave Martin marches ahead with the Van’s RV-12, inventorying fuselage hardware, attaching the sideskins, working on other subassemblies and mating the tail cone to the fuselage. Progress!

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The Texas Sport Cub is the latest in a line of planes with the venerable Cub lineage. Dave Martin flies one and discusses the various licensing options available.

In Case You Missed it

Design Process: Planform Effects on Span Loading and Drag

Last month we started our discussion of wing planforms with a look at the...

Aero ‘lectrics, Strobes – Part 3

In Part 3 of this series about building an aircraft strobe, the author beefs up the project using off-the-shelf parts to provide a brighter, more frequent flash without running down the planes electrical system.

Ask the DAR

Two engines, one prop; ownership without a sales receipt; ultralight registered as E/A-B.

Wind Tunnel

Although we often consider maximizing airflow over the exterior of an aircraft, we sometimes neglect internal airflow design that can cause significant drag.