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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

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

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

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

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

Cover Story: Designing Men

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

Alternative Energies

Electric vehicles and aircraft may be the future, but how will we create the energy to power them while minimizing environmental damage? By Dean Sigler.

Silver & Deming and Step Drills

Home shop machinist.

Light Stuff

After studying Experimental aircraft, the National Transportation Safety Board developed 16 recommendations. Roy Beisswenger outlines the good, the bad and the still-needed.

Firewall Forward: Electrical Systems, Part 1

Don’t be intimidated by the prospect of wiring—plenty of homebuilders didn’t know how to do it when they started their projects. Get yourself the right tools, then jump in and start learning. Dave Prizio outlines the basics.