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Tom Kuffel

Tom Kuffel
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Tom Kuffel, builder of a Glasair Sportsman, is a 4000-hour CFI with sea and multi-engine ratings. He has also flown on several hundred aircraft searches while managing to be the subject of one or two himself.

Build It Yourself

This homebuilt two-axis electric trim controller has all the functions of the fanciest commercial units, yet it costs less than $50 for the parts.

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.

In Case You Missed it

Best Practices – Blind Rivets

Blind rivet selection and installation.

Aero ‘lectrics

This month, author Jim Weir lays the groundwork for a solar battery charger, complete with preliminary circuit board considerations drawn from a rats nest and details about how to order a pre-fabricated board.

Thin-Wall Close-Quarters Sockets

Don't you hate it when the nut is so close to a rivet...

Light Stuff

The dream of flying cars remains alive and well, and several companies are taking on the challenge. By Roy Beisswenger.