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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.

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...

Prepare for a Charge

The battery you install in your homebuilt kit will have nearly the same kind of life as the one in your automobile. It will...

NPT and Aircraft Fittings–Don’t Get That Size Wrong!

National Pipe Thread‭ ‬is a U.S‭. ‬standard for‭ ‬tapered‭ ‬threads‭, ‬which we find on many aircraft fittings‭. ‬Contrast this with‭ ‬straight‭ ‬threads‭, ‬which are...

Eyes That Can See Around Corners

As builders of our own aircraft,‭ ‬we‭ ‬know there are many enclosed areas‭ ‬inside the fuselage and wings that may‭ ‬never be seen again...

Take the Glare Out of That Glareshield

Many popular aircraft kits‭ ‬utilize a sheet of aluminum to form the‭ ‬glareshield‮—‬that‭ ‬“shelf”‭ ‬located above‭ ‬the instrument panel and below the‭ ‬windshield‭. ‬While...

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...

In Case You Missed it

Rear Cockpit

Building your future.

To Launch a Light Sport

It’s amazing what a little light will reveal, in this case a planned hole for the wing that would have been dangerously close to the wingspar. No worries. The problem was remedied, and it was on to fixing flaws in the wing’s surface and working on the nosewheel and front suspension; by Bob Fritz.

Aero ‘lectrics

iPower by the iBruteForce method.

Aircraft Handling: Making the Compromises Work

Doug Rozendaal brings his considerable experience to a discussion of flight handling characteristics and his favorite aircraft. Among the factors designers consider are stability, control response, feel, personal preferences, FAA requirements, stick force, center of gravity, center of pressure, and the flight envelope. Every design is a compromise.