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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

Homebuilt Accidents: Comparing the Causes

Do certified aircraft have different types of accidents than Experimentals?

Makin’ PC Boards

Looking back at projects in prior issues of KITPLANES®, I realize I’ve given you...

What’s New

CubCrafters ships CarbonCub kits; Forward Visions EVS-100 system will be available in RotorWay Experimental/Amateur-Built helicopters; and MotoPOD will produce cargo pods to haul a street-legal motorcycle underneath the RV-10. Edited by Mary Bernard.

Maintenance Matters

Three battery problems lead to accidents.