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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.

Safety is No Accident: Avid and Kitfox

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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

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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.

Safety Is No Accident: Van’s RV series

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It’s been a couple of years since we looked at how homebuilts generally fared in the accident statistics vis-à-vis certified aircraft. This time around we’ll look at the safety records of specific homebuilt designs, starting with the Van’s RV.

Homebuilt Aircraft Safety 1998-2008

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Far be it from Ron Wanttajas experience to be complacent when it comes to aircraft accident statistics. In this article, he updates two previous articles on the subject of homebuilt aircraft safety and digs deep to find meaning and context for the numbers.

In Case You Missed It

Completions

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Builders share their successes.

Letters

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A Life SavedThe article in the August issue, Fire in the Hole, about fire...

The Future of Homebuilding: Builders

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If we could magically transport a modern homebuilder back to the 1960s, they would...

Layoffs, I’ve Had a Few

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Rear cockpit.