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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.

What a Darling(ton) Noisemaker

Mostly we’d like our airplanes to be quiet. Somehow, “airplane” and “quiet” don’t belong in the same sentence. We’ve got roughly 5000 explosions per...

Can You Hear Me Now?

For those of you in aircraft with magnificent audio systems—stereo music and multi-input switching panels that have push-button selection of your half-dozen headphone inputs—this...

LED to a Landing

We have come a long way with light emitting diodes. They went from $200 a bulb in 1968 to 5 cents a bulb in...

This Is an EXCELlent Idea

For a long time after I bought my first airplane (N2014V, the Cessna 120 heavy), the problem of keeping the aircraft data (weight and...

QLF–Amateur Radio in Your Aircraft

To find the earliest recorded amateur radio in an aircraft, we have go back to 1912 when Lieutenant B.T. James (RAF) strapped a pair...

Airshow Antennas

We are headed into airshow calendar time. I don’t care if it is the granddaddy of them all (Oshkosh) or the usual four beat-up...

A HOG in Time Takes…Forever

As I told you a couple of months ago, “In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is a...

ELT Enlightenment

I had another subject’s full column in hand for this issue, but when I get half a dozen questions in the space of a...

Potpourri

Potpourri (pronounced “poh’purree”), taken literally from the French origin, is translated “rotten pot.” In English, though, it means a collection of small things; in...

Progress Report: Bits and Pieces of HOG

OK, so we’ve got that 100-watt solar panel firmly bolted to the hangar roof. Let’s take the other pieces that we have to have...

In Case You Missed it

Building the Bearhawk LSA

The endless tail.

Roll Your Own Control Locks

A lightweight, inexpensive alternative to wrapping a seat belt around the stick. By Axel Alvarez.

Wind Tunnel

The diagnosis of pitch sensitivity problems boils down to one of two things: too little static margin or control system problems. This month we discuss how to modify the airplane to fix them;

Turbine Temptation: Building the Airframe

Rule number one for building the SubSonex: Build from the inside out. Rule number...