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Patrick Panzera

Patrick Panzera
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Patrick Panzera is the editor of CONTACT! Magazine, a nonprofit publication dedicated to supporting Experimental aviation, with a focus on alternative engines.

Marvelous Mustangs

Titan adds new engines and a B-style fuselage option to the T-51.

2015 Engine Buyer’s Guide: Traditional and Conversion Engines

Choices have never been better or more plentiful. By Tom Wilson and Patrick Panzera.

2014 Alternative Engine Buyer’s Guide

Converted for flight. By Patrick Panzera.

2013 Engine Buyer’s Guide

The outlook for the alternative engine market for Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft is positive, and there are new additions since last year—even more reason to join the auto-conversion club. By Patrick Panzera.

Unusual Attitude

If you want to install an alternative engine in your aircraft, make sure you've thought through the issues of weight, thrust line, cooling and cowling.

2012 Alternative Engine Buyer’s Guide

If you’re in the market for an auto-conversion engine for your homebuilt aircraft, here’s a definitive guide to the options. By Patrick Panzera.

Are you considering an alternative engine?

Patrick Panzera explains some specific formulas he uses to see if an engine' claimed numbers pass muster.

The State of Auto Conversions

We take a look at the current auto-engine conversions for homebuilt aircraft. By Patrick Panzera.

Fuelventure 400

Last years Copperstate Fly-In was the occasion for a race where speed was only one of the factors in winning. By Patrick Panzera.

In Case You Missed it

Wind Tunnel

VTOL flight modes.

Flaperons, Spoilers and Drooping Ailerons

There are some situations where there isn’t enough room on the wing’s trailing edge...

Flight Testing

Personnel roles, emergency contingencies, communications-there are many moving parts involved in the first flight of a homebuilt. Paul Dye catalogs them and offers a sample flight plan that worked for him.

Prop Momentum Theory

Proper selection and design of the propeller is one of the keys to airplane performance.