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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

Multifunction devices and human factors. Edward P. Kolano.

Buzzwords: Human Factors—The Basics

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

Buzzwords: Adverse Yaw

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

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

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

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

Buzzwords

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

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

Buzz Words: Understanding Dihedral Effect

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.
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Kitplanes Magazine Looks at The Sherpa

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

In Case You Missed it

Build It Better: When 1+1 Does Not Equal 2

Paul Dye explains how to achieve unlike (or dissimilar) redundancy on the various systems in your homebuilt.

Ask the DAR

Operating limitations, selling a homebuilt, aircraft that cant be registered.

Adding an Auxiliary Fuel Tank to an RV-8

Circle track racing fuel cells can extend the range of your plane. By Glen Salmon.

Top Overhaul

Gray oil is good, but what about black oil that looks like tar?