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Mike Manning

Mike Manning
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Mike Manning has been doing upholstery work for more than 30 years. He’s a private pilot, SEL and glider, and he’s instrument rated with all three launch endorsements for his glider ticket.

The Owner Assisted Interior

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Working with an upholstery expert can save you money and time when designing and installing an interior in an Experimental aircraft. By Mike Manning.

Cover Story: Carpet and Panels

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Now that you've fabricated your seat upholstery, its time to tackle the rest of the interior with a look at carpeting and door panels.

Cover Story: Seat Cover Conventions

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Now that the foam is cut and glued, we’ll learn how to make the pattern, choose and cut the fabric, and sew the cover.

Cover Story: Building a Custom Cushion

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Learn how to measure, cut and assemble the foam pieces that constitute the seat cushion.

Cover Story: Designing Men

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In this first installment of the upholstery series, the author looks at the basics: sewing machines, scissors, needles and thread, and more.

In Case You Missed it

Rotax engine education

Rotax Training for the 9 Series

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Lockwood Aviation helps you get a full understanding of the four-stroke Rotax.

Backcountry Cruzer

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Gary Motley makes the most of the Zenith CH 750’s performance spectrum.

No One Is Watching

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For better or worse, kit manufacturers are under no FAA oversight. There are no...

Ask the DAR

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NX numbers on older designs, logbook records, proving compliance with the 51% rule.