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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

Down To Earth

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Homebuilt aircraft played a key role in bringing aid to the Bahamas after Hurricane Irene. Amy Laboda explains how you can join in future relief efforts.

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

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How to fabricate sandwich panels, part 1.

Home Shop Heat Treating

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Picking up from last month, the spline broaching tools have been machined. We need...

Engine Beat

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Do-it-yourself tips for how to keep those all-important plugs sparking clean. By Steve Ells.