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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.

How Fast Is a Speed Nut?

A “speed nut” is a somewhat generic term that is occasionally used for a one-piece spring steel fastener that we can use in our...

Countersinking for a Flush Fastener Fit

In last month’s column, we talked about the procedures needed for installing flush rivets and screws in our kit aircraft projects. As builders we...

Dimpling for Beauty and Speed

Each time you install a fastener on your airplane kit, consider whether the head of that fastener (rivet or screw) should protrude above the...

Don’t Get Bent Out of Shape With These Pliers

As a builder of a metal aircraft kit, you no doubt have heard the term “fluting” and fluting pliers. Let’s examine fluting pliers and...

Those Rivet Holes

In a prior Plane and Simple article (“Debunking Deburring,” March 2023), we discussed the importance of removing the burrs created by drilling holes in...

The Straight Cut

Building a metal aircraft? You’re probably going to be cutting a bunch of sheet metal parts from time to time. If you are not...

One Step Drill and Tap

We use quite a few small machine screws in our homebuilt projects. These small screws might be found, for example, holding the instrument panel...

The Inside Corner on Reducing Stress

It is common practice for builders to cut openings in aluminum aircraft structures. Popular examples include creating inspection or access panels in the wings...

Debunking Deburring

If you are building an aircraft kit that requires drilling holes into metal parts, there is no doubt that the subject of deburring will get mentioned.

Learning To Identify Solid Rivets

Nearly every homebuilt aircraft kit has at least a few solid rivets helping to hold it together. Some kit designs use thousands of these—others,...

In Case You Missed it

2012 Alternative Engine Buyer’s Guide

If you’re in the market for an auto-conversion engine for your homebuilt aircraft, here’s a definitive guide to the options. By Patrick Panzera.

Alternative Energies

One plane, one pilot, 5 tons of garbage: How Jeremy Rowsell plans to crisscross the globe in a Cessna 172 powered by fuel made from recycled plastic. By Dean Sigler.
Van's RV-10

Buying Used: Van’s RV-10

On a scale of 1–10, most owners rate it an 11.

Nuts and Bolts

Aircraft quality nuts, bolts, washers and other hardware are the right things to use if they hold the things together that keep you in the air.