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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.

So, You Want to Buy a Used Experimental Airplane

Is this a good way to acquire a plane of your own?

Buying a Used Homebuilt: Budget, Mission, and Skill

Be sure to consider budget, mission, experience, insurance, and training.

Buying a Used Homebuilt: Different Types

Fly before you buy, factory support, engines, and Light Sport.

Revised Raven

RANS adds metal wings and a big engine to their popular side-by-side.

Buying a Used Homebuilt: Pre-Buy Inspection

The pre-buy inspection-what is it and why do you need one?

Maintenance Matters

Evaluating a used engine.

Maintenance Matters

Using precision measuring tools.

Maintenance Matters

Differential compression test.

Oil Pressure Problems

Oil pressure is always a concern to anyone who flies a powered plane. Everyone knows that if your oil pressure drops to zero, your...

Maintenance Matters

Using a volt-ohm meter.

In Case You Missed it

Editor’s Log

With so many different types of Experimental/kit aircraft available, Paul Dye explains how KITPLANES tries to include something of interest for everyone.

Editor’s Log

Mary Bernard discusses the challenges companies face when they try to improve an existing design, let alone develop a new product. The Glasair Sportsman TC is a case in point.

Error Chain

Forty-amp Catch-22. Accidentally bumping the alternator switch uncovered a circuit-breaker problem.

Engine Beat

The Rotax 912 engine has become ubiquitous in homebuilt aviation, and now a company has found a way to improve its fuel efficiency. By Steve Ells.