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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.

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.

Safety Is No Accident: Zenith

Ron Wanttaja examines the accident data for two of Zenith Aircrafts most popular designs, the CH 601 and CH 701.

Safety Is No Accident: Canards

The appeal of canard-type designs hasn’t faded, and the design was heralded as inherently safer because of its resistance to stalling. Ron Wanttaja reveals the veracity of that claim given the accident numbers.

Safety is No Accident: Avid and Kitfox

This month Ron Wanttaja looks at two similar designs, Avid and Kitfox, which have some major distinctions when it comes to the accident numbers.

Safety is No Accident: Lancair Designs

Author Ron Wanttaja uses NTSB data to illustrate how Lancair designs of all varieties stand in the ratings of aircraft accidents vis--vis other homebuilts.