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Dave Prizio

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 three—a GlaStar, 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.

Build a Bear: Some Assembly Required

Much more than Tab A into Slot B: Team Prizio assembles the Texas Sport Cub.

Build a Bear: Mellow Yellow

Dave Prizio and team build a paint booth (too small), test drive charcoal masks and bunny suits, and discover the joys of covering your homebuilt plane with $400 per gallon paint.

Build a Bear: Put the Fabric in Fabrication

Dave Prizio evaluates the two major fabric covering systems – PolyFiber and Air-Tech – and sets to work, patiently covering his Texas Sport Cub airframe.

Build a Bear: Moving Right Along

It’s starting to look like a Sport Cub. Dave Prizio gets to work on the systems and finishes the wings.

Build a Bear: Taking Stock

The big truck bringing Dave Prizio’s Texas Sport Cub arrives, and the inventory and painting processes begin.

Man on a Mission

Tom Needham, with the help of his son Daniel and numerous friends, completes a Sportsman 2+2 and will use the plane's big hauling capacity and short-field performance to shuttle people and supplies between remote locations in Africa.

Build a Bear: Third Time Charm

Repeat offender Dave Prizio goes for his third strike, ultimately deciding to build an Texas Sport Cub.

University of Jabiru

If you're considering or have already made the decision to use a Jabiru engine on your kit aircraft, Texas Sport Cub builder Dave Prizio says this three-day course will add to your confidence when installing and maintaining it.

In Case You Missed it

Builder Survey: Wilderness Calling

Lucky 13: RANS S-7 Coyote builders tell KITPLANES about their building, company support and flying experiences. By Mary Bernard.

Completions

Builders share their successes.

Off the Grid (Chapter 2)

Here we go with what I promised you last month. This may be the...

Project Management for Builders

Sometimes you need tools you wont find in your toolbox. By Lynne Wainfan, Ph.D.