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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.

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Whenever hes out and about (or in and on the phone), Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook fields questions from pilots wanting to know the best way to run an engine. His advice? Keep it simple.

A New Name on the Alternative Engine Block

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When NSI went under in 2005, builders who had an engine or were waiting on parts for one might have found themselves in a world of hurt. But seeing an opportunity, John and Gwen Maxwell acquired the assets of the company and have endeavored since to make a sound product even better; by Marc Cook.

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Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook discusses the mood at the annual AOPA gathering, where he found an upbeat vibe, cautious optimism about the FAAs pending homebuilding rules changes, and a positive announcement from Glasair Aviation.

Garmin GPSMap 696

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Garmin has introduced at tablet-style portable that combines the best features of a panel-mounted multifunction display and a portable GPS. The screen real estate in itself is noteworthy, but the additional features are impressive; by Marc Cook.

25th Anniversary: The Glasair-Lancair Wars

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The origins of Stoddard-Hamilton Aircraft precede Lancair Aircraft by a few years, but once Lancair entered the game, competition was not only fierce but also productive; by Marc Cook.

Wag-Aero Sport Trainer

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Builder Dave Klages’ Wag-Aero Sport Trainer remains faithful in most ways to the J-3 Cub that inspired it; by Marc Cook.

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The Editor-in-Chief discusses how the improper cut of his instrument panel affected the performance of his Dynon autopilot; by Marc Cook.

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Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook offers an explanation of how the annual Aircraft Buyer's Guides are assembled, and his attempts to enhance the usefulness and relevance of the information provided.

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The FAAs John Hickey and Frank Paskiewicz got an earful at the AirVenture forum assembled to illuminate proposed changes to the 51% rule. Although some of the comments ran far afield, many more homebuilders posed thoughtful and challenging questions in an effort to help them understand where they stand with regard to the new regulations; by Marc Cook.

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Eventually even the best company founders want to retire, and Dick VanGrunsven of Vans Aircraft is no exception. Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook discusses the succession plan and why the future continues to look bright for this Pacific Northwest luminary.

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Unairworthy

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Broken starter ring gear teeth.

Letters

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Wankel EnginesIn "Mistral Magic" , Paul Janssens wrote: "The engine is very good as...

Editor’s Log: Crew Change

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Marc Cook, former editor in chief, is once again going to hold that position here, as Paul Dye steps into the role of editor at large.

Wind Tunnel

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Aeroelasticity.