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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

Are your airspeed indications accurate?

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MGL Avionics Stratomaster MAXI Single E1

MGLs maxi singles are designed to drop into a standard 3.125-inch hole, while the Smart Singles fit into a 2.25-inch hole. Author Rick Lindstrom found that the Maxi Single E1 engine monitor was just the ticket to get him flying while his other unit was in the shop for repairs.

Ye Olde Slip Roll

This month’s project is a follow-on to the Pietenpol muffler that was the subject...

Design Process: Wing Structure

Last month we started our discussion of wing design with a look at the...

Ask the DAR

Confusion about FAA Form 8130-12, replacing the 2-inch Experimental placard, selling an engine.