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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.

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

Still More Mistral Magic

Flying a Glasair III with a Mistral rotary engine.

All About Avionics

Electrical components ahead of the firewall are crucial to the operation of the engine and aircraft systems. Stein Bruch presents a primer on wiring these vital elements of your electrical system.

Buzz Words: Understanding Dihedral Effect

While certified airplanes have to meet Part 23 requirements for positive dihedral, amateur-built airplanes are exempt. Ed Kolano looks into the details of dihedral, and how you can use it to your airborne advantage.

In Search of Speed

Looking for the perfect next project, part 1.