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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.

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)
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Antennas According to Jim (Ch. 2)

Aero 'lectrics.
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Antennas According to Jim (Ch. 1)

First, let’s talk about “polarization”; there are three polarizations. The first two are easy.

Aero ‘lectrics

Franklin vs. Edison, Thomson, Millikan, et al.

Aero lectrics

Hall of fame. By Jim Weir.

Aero ‘lectrics

LED fairy tales.

In Case You Missed it

Aero ‘lectrics

Jim Weir offers a solution for how to regain reception when your rubber ducky antenna fails.

Aero ‘lectrics

The last Floobydust.

Fly on One…Youll Understand.

Matt Hlavacs open-air Breezy is a simple, fun way to fly … and, oh, the view!

Down to Earth

Even when built from the same kit, no two aircraft are exactly the same—that’s why you need a builder’s book. By Amy Laboda.