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Ed Kolano is a test pilot who's flown over 200 different aircraft types from ultralights to the B787. A CFI and former instructor at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, he's a recipient of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots' Spirit of Flight Award. His flight reviews, technical and educational articles have appeared in several U.S. and European magazines.

Buzzwords: Human Factors

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Multifunction devices and human factors. Edward P. Kolano.

Buzzwords: Human Factors—The Basics

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Small design considerations can have a big impact on comfort, convenience and safety.

Buzzwords: Adverse Yaw

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Adverse yaw is usually defined as an airplane yawing in the direction opposite the intended turn direction when insufficient coordinating rudder is applied. True enough, sort of. But there’s more to the story. By Edward P. Kolano.

Buzzwords: Maneuvering Speed

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Ed Kolano unravels some of the misconceptions of the oft-misunderstood term, “maneuvering speed,” and explains the implications for pilots of homebuilt aircraft.

Riding the Radial Rocket RG

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The Radial Rocket TD already had a following, but with some tweaking and the addition of retractable gear, the new Radial Rocket RG is poised to take off. By Ed Kolano.

Buzzwords

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Pilots compensate all the time for aerodynamic effects such as ground effect, often without being conscious of it. By Ed Kolano.

Buzzwords

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Ground effect, or changes in airflow when flying a wingspan distance above the ground, affects longitudinal stability, elevator effectiveness and possibly even your airspeed indicator. By Ed Kolano.

Alternate Pitch Control

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When elevator control is lost, there are ways to get the plane on the ground safely using power and trim.

Buzz Words: Understanding Dihedral Effect

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While certified airplanes have to meet Part 23 requirements for positive dihedral, amateur-built airplanes are exempt. Ed Kolano looks into the details of dihedral, and how you can use it to your airborne advantage.

Kitplanes Magazine Looks at The Sherpa

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Kitplanes Magazine contributor Ed Kolano took a first look at the Sherpa utility aircraft at the Arlington Airshow recently.

In Case You Missed it

Light Stuff

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Dave Martin introduces us to the Gobosh factory-built Light Sport Aircraft (SLSA) from Poland. Positioned at the luxury end of the LSA spectrum, there are two models: the all-metal G700S and the composite G800 XP, each of which includes standard six-pack instrumentation and leather seats.

Flight Testing: Finding TAS from GPS Data

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Math works! Kevin Horton shows you how to use GPS data to calculate true airspeed.

Aero ‘lectrics

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Jim Weirs lifetimes worth of tinkering has produced a definitive list of electronics parts suppliers, and hes willing to share.

A New Name on the Alternative Engine Block

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When NSI went under in 2005, builders who had an engine or were waiting on parts for one might have found themselves in a world of hurt. But seeing an opportunity, John and Gwen Maxwell acquired the assets of the company and have endeavored since to make a sound product even better; by Marc Cook.