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Jon Croke

Jon Croke
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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.

I Need Help—Where Do I Look?

Building an aircraft kit is a complicated undertaking and few builders succeed entirely by themselves. A builder’s primary guidance is to follow the plans...

Tidy Up with Adel Clamps

There is so much to learn by simply observing the handiwork of others. Some builders are just plain creative when it comes to organizing...

Keeping It Simple and Affordable

The freedom to roll your own electrical system means you can make things very simple or very complex as desired.

Clearly the Same?

There are two materials that are commonly used for homebuilt windshields and windows: Lexan and Plexiglas.

Warm Up Your Engine This Winter

Count yourself fortunate if you live in a region where winter does not bring average nightly temperatures much below freezing! For the rest of...

Can You Calibrate Your Hand?

Every aircraft kit is designed with a number of nut and bolt fasteners that must be properly installed to complete the project. You may...

Pick the Best Rubber Hose for Your Fuel System

It’s hard to deny that rubber hose is still a popular choice for many homebuilt fuel systems. It is relatively inexpensive and very easy...

Breaker Breaker

Your aircraft’s electrical system requires some form of electrical overload protection. This is usually addressed by utilizing a number of circuit breakers or fuses....

Fast Filter Replacements

Fuel filters are found on every aircraft that has an engine. They need to be changed after some period of use to ensure a...

Support Your Wings

Having constructed several high-wing aircraft kits, I can attest to the anxiety that comes from the exercise of mounting wings to the fuselage. This...

In Case You Missed it

What’s New

CubCrafters ships CarbonCub kits; Forward Visions EVS-100 system will be available in RotorWay Experimental/Amateur-Built helicopters; and MotoPOD will produce cargo pods to haul a street-legal motorcycle underneath the RV-10. Edited by Mary Bernard.

Parts of the Problem

Building airplanes involves a lot of stuff, as we all have noticed by now....

Stuff and Fold

Making a hinged instrument panel for ease of maintenance.

Around the Patch

Whenever hes out and about (or in and on the phone), Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook fields questions from pilots wanting to know the best way to run an engine. His advice? Keep it simple.