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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: 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

Rear Cockpit

A major cover-up.

Easy Hole Spacing

One of the curses of modern CAD technology is that designers can draw something...

Headlong For Headers

Tom Wilson, an avowed hot rodder, details his foray into the world of custom exhausts and the performance gains found on his Lycoming IO-540.

Wind Tunnel

Barnaby Wainfan brings aerodynamics to life with an illustrated field guide to the various devices seen at AirVenture 2009.