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James Dabney has been flying for 40 years. He earned his private pilot's license in college via the Air Force ROTC flight instruction program. In the Air Force, he accumulated 1500 hours as a Weapons System Officer (WSO), flying the F-4D and F-4E. He earned his instructor ratings (CFI in single engine, multiengine, and instrument airplane) after retiring from the Air Force Reserve. Jim started building his Pulsar in 1990, with the first flight in 2009. (His EAA Technical Counselor was Paul Dye.) He is now building an RV-14A. After he left active duty, he worked for several years developing flight design software for the space shuttle, and performed independent verification and validation of NASA flight software. Now, his day job is Professor and Chair of Systems Engineering at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

GPS-Assisted Airspeed Calibration

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Are your airspeed indications accurate?

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Primer on Paint

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Decisions, decisions. One of the blessings of building an airplane is the ability to...

All About Avionics: Flight-Control Systems

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As the industry matures, the sheer variety and capabilities of autopilots for Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft are flourishing. By Stein Bruch.

Metal Magic: Laying Out Lines of Rivets

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In this episode Paul Dye explains how to lay out lines of rivets on...

Practical Electrical

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Battery facts and fables for the aircraft builder–part 2. By Robert L. Nuckolls, III.