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Reinhard Metz

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Reinhard Metz built his Wheeler Express over an eight-year period and has been flying it for 16 years. He is a retired Bell Labs electrical engineer and has a second career in commercial food equipment. Reinhard lives in Wheaton, Illinois, and often flies out of DuPage Airport with his aviation enthusiastic daughter Ashley.

Stuff and Fold

Making a hinged instrument panel for ease of maintenance.

Aircraft Brakes

Some experiences and improvements.

Adding Direct Air/Fuel Ratio Monitoring

An easy way to optimize engine operation.

Build a Calibrated Tensiometer

An accurate, inexpensive, cable gauge thats easy to make.

Static Port Location and Altitude Calibration

Often a challenge, accuracy depends on three things: location, location, location.

Lycoming IO-390 Upgrade

Replacing an IO-360 in a Wheeler Express.

Homemade Compressed Air Brake Bleeder

An inexpensive tool for quickly bleeding aircraft brakes.

Glass Panel Upgrade

Adding a Garmin G3X Touch to a Wheeler Express.

In Case You Missed it

Ask the DAR

Missing operating limitations, adding new instruments and an autopilot.

FRED to Florida

After more than 50 years, Eric Cluttons original prototype is still flying. By Geoff Jones.

Return of the Turbo-Compound

Everything old is new again. Paul Lamar looks at the turbo-compound engine, developed in the post-WW-II era. Thrown over for jet engines, it may yet hold promise today as we search for more energy efficient ways to get the most out of increasingly expensive fuel.

Free Flight

What does a video game have in common with building an airplane? More than you might think.