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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.
How do you reconcile a discrepancy between two gauges in your aircraft, say, a float-gauge reading and fuel-totalizer data? It helps to have a deep understanding of your systems.
In a short, late-afternoon flight, Paul Dye takes on a particular Houston cloud formation and exalts in the glory of flying an airplane perfectly suited to his whims.
There's no substitute for real-world testing--;something homebuilders should keep in mind when moving from the theoretical to the actual application.
There are so many ways to try to keep the weight down in a homebuilt project, but some are better than others.
The very first Van’s prototype flies again, thanks to months of volunteers’ hard work, and its designer climbs back into the cockpit, some five decades after he built it.
Don’t believe everything you hear when making an important building or maintenance decision—do your homework.
When wiring up a homebuilt aircraft, it pays to ask: What do I want to protect myself from?
How can you give yourself that margin of safety that you hope you'll never need?
Paul Dye takes readers through a rework of his RV-3's fuel system to illustrate why some mods are a sound choice.