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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

Rear Cockpit

If this place was an airport…a guide to airport personalities.

To Launch a Light Sport

Its 90% done with 90% to go! Bob Fritz has a flyable airplane and a semi-long list of things still left to do to improve it.

Build, Maintain, Inspect

One of the big reasons that people build their own airplane is the flexibility...

Miniature Yankee

The BD-17L has much in common with the original BD-1.