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Engine Mounts

Many factors go into designing and building good engine mounts, including consideration of the engines thrust line and gyroscopic precession effects. They deserve our respect.

Fixed-Pitch Props

Choosing a prop for your homebuilt is always a compromise that involves consideration of cost, performance, how you'll fly and more. Still, sometimes the simplest solution is the best one.

Hose Protection

Ishmael Fuentes shows you how to protect and cool the hoses in your engine compartment by making a firesleeve.

Shop Talk: V-Block Drill Jig from Scrap

Having problems drilling a precise hole in a tube? Ishmael Fuentes has the perfect-and inexpensive-solution with this nifty, easy-to-make V-block drill jig.

You and the Tube

For some builders, the prospect of flaring hard-line tubing is daunting. Ishmael Fuentes demystifies the process, and shows you how to get good results every time.

Cable-Exit Fairings

Don't let unsightly cable-exit holes spoil the look or performance of your aircraft.

Flying in the Ford World

Sage philosopher and aviation nut Uncle Ishmael explains how, for about the price of a 4-year-old Ford pickup truck, you can own a serviceable homebuilt aircraft. Youll probably have to forgo anything certified, and hone your scrounging skills, but when all is said and done, isn't getting up in the air flying better than sitting on the ground dreaming?

In Case You Missed it

Meet the Fokker, U.K. Style

In 1915, Allied pilots called the Eindecker the Scourge. In 2007, three friends in England bought and built Eindecker replica kits, and improved upon the original design. By Geoff Jones.

Wind Tunnel

Builders are often in a rush to prove the airworthiness of their homebuilt projects, but thorough flight-testing is essential.

Blast From the Past

Chris Hill’s Dr.I replica is as close as you can get to an actual 1917 Fokker Dreidecker.

All About Avionics: Autopilots

Want to be fresh at the end of a long flight? Experimental-only autopilots beat their certified counterparts. They're usually less expensive, more capable and far more user-serviceable (if you know what you're doing). By Stein Bruch.