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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-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.

Safety Is No Accident: Glasair and GlaStar

Ron Wanttaja examines the accident data for the Glasair and GlaStar designs and finds structural support may play a key role.

In Case You Missed it

Zenith Goes Virtual

Stuck at home? It might just be time to start building the plane of your dreams.

Legacy Act

Marc Cook takes a close look at Erik Larson’s Legacy and finds out why Lancair’s rework of its seminal 200-235-320-360 design is as swoon-worthy as its predecessors.

Unusual Attitude

Oshkosh AirVenture gave Ed Wischmeyer the opportunity to look around at the newest ideas in aviation and to think about the larger implications of what he was seeing. He speculates about what works, what doesn't and how manufacturers and consumers alike could make the world of flying a better place.

The Seat

If you're going to design the perfect airplane, which piece do you work on first?