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Marc Cook

Marc Cook
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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

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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

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A full-immersion Cub-oriented backcountry course.

Airing Out the Kit Question

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Why are there so few new homebuilt aircraft companies?

First Flight: Are You the One?

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

Lady Vi Flies Again

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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?

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We Asked Mark Schaible & This Is What He Said!

It’s Toy Season!

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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Craig Catto, master of fixed-pitch props.

What’s New

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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

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I am going to describe the best multi-tool you can own for your homebuilt...