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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: Pilot Error

The fault is not in the stars, but in ourselves.

Homebuilt Accidents-When the Prop Stops

Too many accidents start with a stoppage.

Homebuilt Accidents: Comparing the Causes

Do certified aircraft have different types of accidents than Experimentals?

Homebuilt Accidents-Comparing the Rates

A true head-to-head comparison with production aircraft is difficult to achieve.

Pump Up the Volume

Inexpensive ways to make handheld radios easier to hear.

Do-It-Yourself Ejection Seat

Adding lift to the seat allows a builder to exit his Fly Baby easily (plus it’s virtually undetectable to bystanders).

Amateur-Built Aircraft Safety Study

Ron Wanttaja digs into the details of the NTSBs safety study on Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft to determine whether we got a fair shake. He also discusses its recommendations for the FAA and EAA.

Safety Is No Accident: Buying a Previously Owned, Flying Homebuilt

Ron Wanttaja looks at the accident data to determine whether its safer to buy than build an Experimental, and he identifies the key factors to ensuring a successful outcome.

Safety Is No Accident: Fatality Rates for Homebuilt Aircraft

The accident fatality rate for homebuilt aircraft is higher than the GA rate, but why?

Safety Is No Accident: Auto-Engine Conversions

Ron Wanttaja crunches the numbers to determine whether homebuilts powered by auto-engine conversions are inherently less safe than their traditional engine brethren.

In Case You Missed it

Buying Used: Kitfox

Always in high demand, be ready to act fast when you find one you like.

Checkpoints

Getting it done right.

Aero ‘lectrics

What do you do if you need to monitor a number of audio signals, but you don't have room for an audio switching panel? Jim Weir finds the answer in a summing amplifier.

Ask the DAR

Lost logbooks and airworthiness certificate, confusion about Light Sport Aircraft.