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Jim Weir is the chief avioniker at RST Engineering. He answers avionics questions in the Internet newsgroup www.pilotsofamerica.com–Maintenance. His technical advisor, Cyndi Weir, got her Masters degree in English and Journalism and keeps Jim on the straight and narrow. Check out their web site at www.rst-engr.com/kitplanes for previous articles and supplements.

VHF Com–the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

With a panel full of glass and diodes turned into all the colors of the rainbow, the poor old VHF com sitting over in...

Vertical, Vertical and so Very Practical

So, here we are with fly-in season upon us. And fire season. And lots of reasons to have an aircraft com station on the...

Off the Grid (Chapter 2)

Here we go with what I promised you last month. This may be the simplest—and yet the most complex—discussion of what it means to...

A Grid-Free Hangar

This may well be the most ambitious project I’ve tackled in the last 35 years of writing my KITPLANES® columns. I’m going to unplug...

ADS-B, Eh?

In the December 2019 issue of Kitplanes®, Larry Anglisano took us on a scenic journey of what ADS-B is going to look like from...

Testing, Testing, Can You Hear Me Yet?

We’ve come a long way from the Narco Omnigator (vintage 1958 or so) to the latest glass gizmos that do everything except make the...

A Tale of Two Antennas

With the recent rush to ADS-B, there has been a significant interest in GPS installations and even more interest in the antenna for those GPS installations. The interest runs the gamut from the eBay $1.99 specials to the gold-plated TSO-STC-PMA antennas, some of which are in the popular aviation catalogs ticking the $1,000 mark. The […]
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We Shall Be Led Into the Light

In 1850, British physicist Joseph Swan began experimenting with paper coated with carbon in a glass tube that was partially evacuated from air. His paper glowed rather dimly, and the poor vacuum pumps of the day let enough oxygen into the glass tube to set the paper on fire when the electrified carbon got hot […]
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Tall Transmission Tales

(Antennas, Chapter 3)

Antennas According to Jim (Ch. 2)

Aero 'lectrics.

In Case You Missed it

Wind Tunnel

Stiffness.

Tall Transmission Tales

(Antennas, Chapter 3)

Viewfinder

Marc Cook reflects on the years of on-the-job lessons he learned while formation flying and shooting air-to-air photography.

Vertical Power

This brand new power management system harnesses CPU power to eliminate the need for much of an aircrafts wiring by consolidating major electrical functions into a single box. It comprises three units: a display, controller module/panel housing and mag controller. Bundled into the setup are radios, instruments (including GPS, EFIS and engine monitoring) and lights. Each flight phase is broken down into the tasks normally performed manually by the pilot, and the VP-200 addresses them more or less automatically, while also providing override capability in the event of a system failure.