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Dave Prizio

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Dave Prizio has been plying the skies of the L.A. basin and beyond since 1973. Born into a family of builders, it was only natural that he would make his living as a contractor and spend his leisure time building airplanes. He has so far completed four—two GlaStars, a Glasair Sportsman, and a Texas Sport Cub—and is helping a friend build an RV-8. When he isn’t building something, he shares his love of aviation with others by flying Young Eagles or volunteering as an EAA Technical Counselor. He is also an A&P mechanic, Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR), and was a member of the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council for six years.

Buyer Beware

Registering a homebuilt airplane you didn’t start.

Grease Options

As supply-chain problems continue to make it hard to find the products you seek, it is worth noting that not all manufacturers have the...

The Other Power Failure

In the days of steam gauges, an alternator failure was inconvenient. In the age of glass panels, it is potentially more serious. Now, if...

Drills and Bits

Everyone has a drill in his or her toolbox. Many have the popular DeWalt cordless drill/driver that Home Depot and Lowe’s sell by the...

What You Should Know About Screwdrivers

Screwdrivers come in many shapes and sizes. Wikipedia lists some 42 different types of screwdriver tips—from the common to the almost unheard-of. Here we...

An Approach to Airplane Maintenance

If we put maintenance and repairs together, we can easily see a link between maintenance well done and minimizing repairs. Of course, too much...

Maintenance Tools

If you are going to do a proper job of maintaining your airplane, you will need some tools that don’t have much use outside of aviation.

Smooth Out Your Ride

Dynamic propeller balancing can smooth out your ride and reduce wear and tear on engine parts.

Lessons From A Repeat Offender

What I learned from building four airplanes.

500-hour Inspection vs. Overhaul

About every 500 hours, your magnetos need to be inspected and repaired as needed (IRAN) to keep them performing well. Some of this work...

In Case You Missed it

Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.

No Trip to the Mall

The homebuilt insurance shopping experience.

Thirty Years of KITPLANES

Helping build better flying machines and growing the community.

Rear Cockpit

Fuel follies.