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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

Editor’s Log

Still learning…after all these years!

Maintenance Matters

No one wants to experience a faulty mag drop (especially with a nervous passenger on board). Steve Ells offers some tips on how to reduce misfires and maximize ignition-system performance.

Checkpoints

Never too experienced to learn.

Flight Testing

Organize your test program beforehand, and you not only maximize your use of time, but also understand your airplane far better than someone who is just running the hours off the clock.