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Jim Weir

Jim Weir
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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.

Chattering Timers

Back in November 1999, I sadly consigned my old battery eating “buzz box,” a WW-II 1940s-era mechanical doorbell-ringer magneto timer, to that big buzz...

The Wind-up, the Pitch…

…and now let’s hit this PC board problem out of the park. Let’s make a useful part with the full PCB program. Here’s the situation:...

Politically Correct Boards

That is what PC means, yes? No. It’s short for printed circuit. And the first attempts at making boards were actually made by spraying...

Makin’ PC Boards

Looking back at projects in prior issues of KITPLANES®, I realize I’ve given you a lot of good ideas for circuits without telling you...

1990 and 2006 Redux

Way back in 1990, when I had brown hair and was a wee lad of 47, I did one of my first KITPLANES® articles...

Theory vs. Practice

My mom once told me that when she and dad got married, she had three theories about raising kids. Then she had me and...

Sausage, Law and Breadboards

Otto von Bismarck said that if you enjoy sausage and law, you should never watch either of them being made. I will add to...

The Proof Is in the Putting

Putting it on the hangar roof and wiring it to the airplane, that is. This is the first of a whole lot of things...

Summer-Time

I love to look at the beautiful work and magnificent instrument panels that our KITPLANES® readers show us in these pages. But I also...

The Solar HOG

So, we’ve got this huge furnace about 94 million miles away from us, and we want to tap into that furnace’s power. Since this...

In Case You Missed it

The Ins and Outs of Pre-buys

Dont buy a used Experimental aircraft without one (Part 1).

Miniature Yankee

The BD-17L has much in common with the original BD-1.

Book Review: Are Your Nuts Tight?

Vic Syracuse has written two definitive guides to Experimental Aircraft Pre-Buys and Condition Inspections.

No Trip to the Mall

The homebuilt insurance shopping experience.