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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

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

In Case You Missed it

Down to Earth

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

Ask the DAR

Higlander gross weight increase, using certified parts in a plansbuilt Cub.

Wind Tunnel

Once designers had addressed every other drag-producing aspect of the biplane, they decided to get rid of the struts and wires bracing the wings—and the switch to the monoplane was made.

Maintenance Matters

Spark plugs-A window into how your engine is running.