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Marc Cook
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KITPLANES Editor in Chief Marc Cook has been in aviation journalism for 30 years. He is a 4500-hour instrument-rated, multi-engine pilot with experience in nearly 150 types. He’s completed two kit aircraft, an Aero Designs Pulsar XP and a Glasair Sportsman 2+2, and currently flies a 2002 GlaStar.

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Velocity Aircraft has been acquired by Rocket Racing Group, and Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook discusses the implications for the company specifically and the industry in general. Also, Dick Starks has a new book out that regales readers with tales of his wacky Dawn Patrol adventures.

Rocky Mountain Fly In Canceled

Promoters of the Rocky Mountain Fly In, scheduled for September 19-21, 2008, announced this week that the event has been canceled for this year....

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Have you checked your fuel system for leaks lately? Turns out there's a good reason to periodically conduct a thorough investigation. Incipient leaks may go undetected. Worse, when the O-ring on the fuel-selector valve goes bad, it could allow air into the system, which means your engine could misbehave at a most inconvenient time. Often, this malady is difficult to diagnose and the assumption is that the fuel selector is OK when it is not.

Marcs Sportsman: Wrapping Up the Annual

When we last left N30KPs annual inspection, the pitot-static check had been completed and I was beginning work on the rest of the airframe. By that time, Id been through the major systems, checking cable tensions, lubricating hinges and ball ends and generally tidying up from the firewall back. I cant say I found much.…

Marc’s Sportsman: The Trim Saga

We left the end of the annual with a note about problems Ive been having with the electric pitch trim system in my Glastar Sportsman. For background, the Sportsman has what has become a fairly common setup among homebuilts. A small electric motor-a Ray Allen Co. T2-7A, to be specific-is connected directly to a movable tab for trim. The Sportsman has one small tab on the right aileron for roll trim, and one large tab…

Cub Crafters Introduces Carbon Cub Kit

In a utility airplane, the power-to-weight ratio reigns supreme, which is why Cub Crafters is making a big deal about its new Carbon Cub...

News: Superior Says "All OK"

We have received a note from Superior Air Parts saying, in effect, pay no attention to the troubles with Thielert Aircraft Engines, which has...

Chelton Flight Systems, S-TEC to Become Roomies

Cobham's Avionics and Surveillance Division announced today that it was going to merge operations of its two subsidiaries, Chelton Flight Systems and S-TEC, at the latter's Mineral Wells, Texas, facility. According to a press release just received, "The capabilites of CFS and S-TEC are highly complementary, with products from both businesses certified together on more than 500 aircraft types. The move is part of Cobham's drive to develop a fully integrated cockpit and improve its…

Chelton Flight Systems, S-TEC to Become Roomies

Cobham's Avionics and Surveillance Division announced today that it was going to merge operations of its two subsidiaries, Chelton Flight Systems and S-TEC, at...

From the Horse’s Mouth: The FAA Won’t Re-Evaluate Kits

I mentioned that the FAA had announced at Sun 'n Fun that it would not re-evaluate kits that are currently on the approved list. Here is the official word from the agency.The FAA said that it "recently concluded that a temporary suspension of kit evaluations is necessary because existing policy and guidance used to evaluate these kits has resulted in inconsistent determinations regarding regulatory compliance." This announcement in February set off a torrent of angst…

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