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Balancing Act

Troubleshooting vibration problems in homebuilt airplanes. By Matthew Dock.

In Case You Missed it

One Builder’s Headache is Another’s Project

Sometimes picking up a project that needs a little work is just the ticket for (re)building satisfaction.

Engines of Change

It never fails to amaze me, this choice in powerplants for our Experimental aircraft....
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Homebuilt vs. Certified

Seemingly two peas in a pod are the GlaStar and its factory-built derivative, the OMF Symphony. We flew both of these wonderful two-seat aircraft to get a handle on what either FAR Part 23 certification or the freedom of homebuilding means to those facing such a delectable decision. By Ed Wischmeyer

Wind Tunnel

Columnist Barnaby Wainfan discusses the factors that affect the longitudinal stability of an aircraft during a variety of maneuvers. Designers make compromises to keep stick forces down so that a pilot can control an airplane, but sometimes they go too far, and light control forces can result in problems that are just as serious as those posed by forces that are too heavy. Whats a designer to do? The most important considerations are presented.