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Marc Cook

Marc Cook
Marc Cook is a veteran special-interest journalist who started as a staffer at AOPA Pilot in the late 1980s. Marc has built two airplanes, an Aero Designs Pulsar XP and a Glasair Aviation Sportsman, and now owns a 180-hp, steam-gauge-adjacent GlaStar based in western Oregon. Marc has 5000 hours spread over 200-plus types and four decades of flying.

Air Conditioning Now Available for Sling TSi

Just when you thought air conditioning was the province of big, heavy airplanes comes word that a “true” air-con system will soon be available for the Sling TSi with a Rotax 915 Is or 916 iS engine.

Yellow Fever

A full-immersion Cub-oriented backcountry course.

Airing Out the Kit Question

Why are there so few new homebuilt aircraft companies?

First Flight: Are You the One?

It’s a question homebuilders must consider as they make their dream airplane a reality.

Lady Vi Flies Again

After a yearlong effort to restore a very rare Rutan design, the Rutan Aircraft Flying Experience (RAFE) suffered an enormous setback. On the way...

When Will the Sonex High Wing Be Ready?

We Asked Mark Schaible & This Is What He Said!

It’s Toy Season!

Because few new products get announced at Sun ’n Fun, there’s often a dead zone between April and the big intros at AirVenture in July. But that doesn’t mean it’s total dullsville. A couple of new bits have caught my eye recently.

Quick Tip: In Praise of the Doodlebug

Nobody likes trying to remove dried bug residue. Unless you catch them while still, um, moist, insect remains will dry to have an impressive attachment to your airframe.

Crystal Balling — What Will Rotax Do Next?

My latest prognostication jag centers on what’s next for Rotax. And it’s driven by a feeling that there’s no time to waste moving up the horsepower ladder.

Flight Review: Falken Avionics iPad-based EFIS

By now, the Apple iPad has established itself as a strong utility player in many aircraft, most often running as a so-called electronic flight bag (EFB) to display moving maps, charts, weather and traffic. But Falken Avionics’ Flight View system has a different take on putting Apple’s tablet to use—as a primary instrument. 

In Case You Missed it

Fixed-Pitch Props

Choosing a prop for your homebuilt is always a compromise that involves consideration of cost, performance, how you'll fly and more. Still, sometimes the simplest solution is the best one.

The Spin Doctor

Craig Catto, master of fixed-pitch props.

What’s New

MGL extends its warranty, Grand Rapids introduces the Sport SX EFIS, Vertical Power has a new system, and more. Edited by Mary Bernard.
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...