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Jon Croke

Jon Croke
As the founder of HomebuiltHELP.com, Jon Croke has produced instructional videos for Experimental aircraft builders for over 10 years. He has built (and helped others build) over a dozen kit aircraft of all makes and models. Jon is a private pilot and currently owns and flies a Zenith Cruzer.

Edging to the Rescue

Sometimes the aircraft kits we build can use a little extra help when it comes to the final fit and finish. As builders, we...

Do-It-Yourself Push-To-Talk Switch

Talking on the communication radio in your homebuilt aircraft requires a simple push-to-talk (PTT) switch—an electrical push-button switch of the momentary-contact type. This switch...

Plane and Simple

Make your aircraft look fantastic!

Plane and Simple

An easy move.

Plane and Simple

Trailering an aircraft.

Plane and Simple

Hinges for your homebuilt.

Plane and Simple: Perfect Cuts in Aluminum

Making the perfect cut.

Plane and Simple

Dont blow into the pitot tube!

Plane and Simple

Making interior cuts in sheet metal.

Plane and Simple

Bleed like a pro!

In Case You Missed it

Unairworthy: Missing Safety Wire

Some bolts have drilled heads for a reason: They are supposed to be safety...


Selling a homebuilt. By Jerry Eichenberger.

Down to Earth

You like to think that once you're finished building, those deliriously long cross-country flights you've been craving are near at hand. Enter the DAR, who may or may not agree with that premise. Columnist Amy Laboda and her husband were just such eager beavers, but they soon learned (somewhat reluctantly) that theres value in listening to the voice of experience.

Simplified One-Off Electronic Projects

As homebuilders, we are accustomed to doing a lot of preliminary and/or tooling work to build a couple of pieces for our aircraft. Tom Kuffel created an auxiliary fuel transfer pump controller for his GlaStar Sportsman for next to nothing, a real savings over the retail price of $300, and he describes how he did it.