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David Paule

David Paule
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David Paule retired after 30 years of structural analysis and is now building an RV-3B to keep from getting bored. The structural engineering included a mix of aircraft and spacecraft. He has been a private pilot since age 18 and currently owns and flies a Cessna 180.

Close Flanges

What to do when you need to install a rivet, but an unrelated flange is in the way.

Vacuuming Connectors

Vacuum electrical connectors before installation to avoid difficult troubleshooting later.

Square Ends on Round Tubes

Make your cuts square on round tubes.

Magnet Clamps

Use magnets to clamp parts.

Worktable Suggestions

Tips for a smooth tabletop.

Marking to Make a Planar Cut on a Curved Shape

Laser torpedo level makes the task easier.

Clamp Stick

By David Paule

Stressing Structure

Beam column bending.

Stressing Structure

Crashworthy design overview.

Measuring Curved Surfaces

Use sewing tape.

In Case You Missed it

Survival of the Smartest

Surviving an emergency or crash landing in a remote area is just the beginning of staying alive long term. Thinking about what you might need and equipping yourself adequately for the type of flying you intend to do are essential to making it until help arrives.

Contributors

Chuck Bodeen Chucks background is as an aerospace engineer and computer programmer. His love for...

Expansion Team

For RV-12 owners looking for an alternative engine option, Jabiru offers a worthy contender. By Marc Cook.

Replacing Baffle Seals

They wont last forever, but are critical for proper engine cooling.