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LeRoy Cook

Contributing Editor LeRoy Cook is an experienced journalist with writing credits in just about every aviation publication that counts. He brings a wealth of knowledge and perspective to his flight reviews.

Learning How to Drag Your Tail

Making the transition from trigear to tailwheels.

Down and Locked

Why do pilots forget to put their wheels down?


The Onex is an economical single-seat sportplane that feels like a baby fighter.

Fisher Flying Products

Fisher Flying has been a fixture on the homebuilt scene for 30 years. With a new owner and a new home, the company—whose designs include the classic Dakota Hawk—is ready for a new generation.

Flight Review: Horse Perennial

LeRoy Cook flies Larry Kinder's award-winning Mustang II, a fast and fun homage to the legendary P-51 Mustang.

Cook’s Tour: Rainy Days and Thursdays

It occurs to me that there are two Oshkosh rain modes. The first kicks in when rain erupts with a certain amount of warning after a beautiful airshow day, one that began with no hint of precipitation.

Cooks Tour: Tempting Tidbits

I must confess to being torn between twin folding-wing temptations. Should I get on the Early Adopter list for the Terrafugia roadable airplane or the Icon A5 amphibious LSA? In the presence of the respective pitchmen, I can almost be persuaded.

Crawling through Hangar B

EAA AirVentures giant Exhibit Building B revealed some interesting products and services that may be of interest to KITPLANES readers.

Cooks Tour: Mass Consumption

Day Two of AirVenture brought the massive crowds and spectacle for which the show is known. The warbirds performed precision drills overhead in great profusion, the extra-length program that always brings a huge crowd.

What a Shock! Electric Airplanes Are Abuzz at OSH

EAAs AirVenture is always hosting innovation in aviation, and Yuneec International took full advantage of the shows reputation by showing a Chinese-built electrically powered airplane.

In Case You Missed it

Aero ‘lectrics

The other Oshkosh (part II).

Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.

Design Process: Span and Aspect Ratio

At this point in the design process we have determined the wing area. The...

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

Coupon testing, part 1.