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Ron Wanttaja

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Ron Wanttaja is a systems engineer, engaged in satellite orbit/constellation design and analysis, launch vehicle and onboard propulsion system trades, and operations concepts for space systems. He worked on the early design studies for the International Space Station.

Homebuilt Accidents: The Pilot’s Condition

Bushy-tailed optional, bright-eyed mandatory.

ADS-B and the Little Guy

ADS-B installation may be avoidable for many small homebuilts.

Where Have All the Homebuilts Gone?

Thousands of E/A-B aircraft have been removed from the rolls, but most of them haven’t existed for decades.

Homebuilt Accidents: Fire!

Quite possibly, your eyes glazed over‭ ‬a bit when you saw the title of this‭ ‬article‭. ‬Quite possibly‭, ‬you’re poised to skim forward a...

Homebuilt Accidents: Focus on Van’s

The RV series has an excellent safety record.

Homebuilt Accidents: BuzzKill

Crashes while maneuvering at low altitude have a high mortality rate.

Homebuilt Accidents: Fatal Factors

Pilot decision-making is a greater factor in fatal accidents.

Homebuilt Accidents: Evaluating Engines

Statistics show traditional certified engines have the best reliability.

Buying Trouble-Purchased Homebuilt Accident Rates

Up to half the homebuilt fleet is owned by non-builders.

Homebuilt Accidents-First Flights

Builder error is a major factor in first-flight accidents.

In Case You Missed it

Rear Cockpit

Flying glass.

Big Screen EFIS

How you choose might depend on panel space and your control set preference—but the choices are extensive!

What’s New

MGL Avionics announces its new XTreme EMS engine monitoring system, the RANS S-19 Venterra has joined the FAA’s official 51% eligibility list, and Wicks Aircraft Supply adds a new Dual XGPS150 universal Bluetooth Receiver to its product lineup.

Wind Tunnel

Its easy to get carried away with new systems and technology that promise to make your airplane faster, smarter and even safer. But sometimes more is just more.