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Nigel Speedy

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Nigel Speedy started flying helicopters with the Australian Army and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. He currently instructs at the National Test Pilot School in Mojave, California. Nigel enjoys flying his Van's RV-8 and the freedom of E/A-B to experiment.

Sawtooth Climb Performance

A traditional flight test technique for determining Vx and Vy.

Using Level Accelerations to Determine Climb Performance

A faster way to gather data over a wide range of conditions.

Safari 500

I spent the a few hours wandering the warbirds area this morning looking in vain for a Sea Fury, my favorite of that era,...

Match the holes and the wings are done!

A neat activity to watch or participate in is the "One Week Wonder". This year the aircraft of choice is the Vans RV-12, a...

Getting in through the traffic jam

Bad weather hampered arrivals on Sunday morning but around 2pm the skies cleared and paved the way for folks to make it the last...

We still have work to do

Well the trip to Oshkosh is well under way. Departing Friday afternoon from Tehachapi in California I stopped in Tucson to pick up Stephanie....

RV-8 on Ice

The effects of icing on aircraft performance.

Safari 500 at Sun 'n Fun

At Sun 'n Fun I had the opportunity to meet with Bobby and Delane Baker, the owners of Safari Helicopters. The Safari Helicopter line...

Is that plane smiling?

Awoke to beautiful airshow weather today. The facilities at Homebuilt Camping are pretty fine, hot showers and a comfortable hospitality tent were a suitable...

Read the NOTAMs and Check for MiGs!

After sitting out Tuesday due to weather, Wednesday turned out to be a perfect day to fly in. Leaving Mississippi early with a 20...

In Case You Missed it

Aero ‘lectrics

Anodize, anodize, and aluminum exercise.

Up With Smoke

Installing a smoke system to make your mark in the sky.

Aero ‘lectrics

This month, author Jim Weir lays the groundwork for a solar battery charger, complete with preliminary circuit board considerations drawn from a rats nest and details about how to order a pre-fabricated board.

New to Homebuilding?

With so many options available, how can you choose a kit aircraft to build? From financing to storage to operating costs (and don’t forget insurance), a few factors can point you to a project that will fit your needs. By Scott “Sky” Smith.