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Ron Wanttaja

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: Fire!

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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

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The RV series has an excellent safety record.

Homebuilt Accidents: BuzzKill

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

Homebuilt Accidents: Fatal Factors

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

Homebuilt Accidents: Evaluating Engines

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Statistics show traditional certified engines have the best reliability.

Buying Trouble-Purchased Homebuilt Accident Rates

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

Homebuilt Accidents-First Flights

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

Homebuilt Accidents: Pilot Error

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

Homebuilt Accidents-When the Prop Stops

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Too many accidents start with a stoppage.

Homebuilt Accidents: Comparing the Causes

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Do certified aircraft have different types of accidents than Experimentals?

In Case You Missed It

To Launch a Light Sport

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Once the spinner was in place, it was time to fit the cowl, and surprisingly simple tools helped along the installation. By Bob Fritz.

The Decision to Polish

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To quote a friend, “When you paint, the aircraft will never look better than...

IMSAFE

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Early in my flying career, I had the good fortune of securing a part-time...

Completions

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Builders share their successes.