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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.

Taking Your Engine’s Temperature

Your aircraft’s engine requires monitoring of various temperatures for you to know that it will continue to purr along reliably for the entire flight....

Badland Aircraft Speeds Up Production

Badland Aircraft, a manufacturer of Part 103 legal ultralights with folding wings, have been working through an order backlog that has customers waiting months...

Flight Sensor Pack

RADIANT Technology, headed by James Wiebe, has just announced a new pocket-sized artificial horizon instrument. Measuring less than 3” square, this extremely portable unit...

On the Level

A few months back in this very column, I suggested that pilots should keep a “retired” smart phone in their aircraft as an all-in-one...

That’s Shear Nuts

The aircraft bolts we use to build our projects will always be paired with an appropriate nut to complete the mission of holding components...

Consider a Second Look

I would chance a guess that most aircraft kits are primarily built by one person. While some projects are constructed by groups or teams...
Old iPhone as aviation multi tool

The Best Multi-Tool for your Homebuilt

I am going to describe the best multi-tool you can own for your homebuilt aircraft—whether flying or building. In the “old” days, a multi-tool...

Can You Keep It Together?

Part of your aircraft kit-building journey will require you to temporarily fasten various components together. For example, maintaining precise alignment while drilling parts that...

Blind Rivets: Look Closely

Many aircraft kits are designed around the use of blind rivets—also known as pulled rivets or “pop” rivets (POP rivet is a trademarked name)....

Make That Aluminum Shine

If there was a way to make metal parts look even nicer than they looked coming out of your aircraft kit’s shipping box—and the...

In Case You Missed it

Home Shop Machinist

DIY safety wire drilling.

Flight Testing

Organize your test program beforehand, and you not only maximize your use of time, but also understand your airplane far better than someone who is just running the hours off the clock.

Oil in Line

Look very closely and you will see liquid in the tubing. This is the...

Dreams Take Flight

“Grandpa Kerry, where do unwanted airplane projects come from?” I choked on my ice cream....