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Dave Martin

Dave Martin
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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.

Light Stuff

The Sky Arrow 600: a different kind of LSA; by Dave Martin.

First Time Builders

Here's how to maximize your chance of success.

In Case You Missed it

Mike and Laura Starkey’s RANS S-21: Part 2

What do we do now?

Kitfox Super Sport

With 4000 kits sold, a million hours flown and a loyal customer base, you just knew that the Kitfox would somehow find itself back in production. It's been out after the previous company, SkyStar Aircraft, went bankrupt in 2005, leaving builders in the lurch.

Flying Qualities and the Horizontal Tail

An airplane's horizontal tail is critical to stabilizing the airplane in pitch, trimming out pitching moments caused by the wing and providing control power for maneuverability.

Familiar Face

A lighter, more powerful engine gives the Lightning better performance.