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Michael Robinson is a second-generation pilot, A&P, and was a U.S. Air Force aircraft technician for 10 years. He holds a private pilot certificate and currently flies his Harmon Rocket II and a friend's RV-8, which he also maintains. Both aircraft are used for cross-countries, aerobatics, and a developing interest in formation work. And yes, an instrument rating is high on the agenda.

Error Chain

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Aeronautical decision making—it seemed like a good idea at the time.

In Case You Missed it

Wind Tunnel

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Multiple engines complicate design, because not only must the airplane be able to maintain flight on one engine, but also the pilot must be able to control it. Lateral/directional stability issues are key;

Archive: July 2006

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On our July 2006 cover was the Aventura II, written about and photographed by...

Home Shop Machinist

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Machines! Part 2.

Alternative Energies

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Great predictions about the advent of reliable, readily available and affordable electric aircraft have come and gone. How far away are we? By Dean Sigler.