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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-Comparing the Rates

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

Pump Up the Volume

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Inexpensive ways to make handheld radios easier to hear.

Do-It-Yourself Ejection Seat

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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

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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

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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

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

Safety Is No Accident: Auto-Engine Conversions

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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

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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

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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

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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.

In Case You Missed It

Build Your Skills: Fabric

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Fabric has been used to cover a wide variety of aircraft since the Wright brothers first started tinkering with flying machines. But fabric-covering processes have changed a lot in the last century, becoming more systematic in addition to being more reliable. Part 1 of this new series by Ron Alexander details the evolution of fabric covering and discusses some of the basics of getting started.

Building the 750SD XTREME: Part 3

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Detail work.

Archive: April 1985

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Built by John Tumilowicz, the Sirocco on our April 1985 cover was the fifth...

Building an Airdrome Aeroplanes Fokker D.VII

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Part 1: priorities and decisions.