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Sam Buchanan

Sam Buchanan
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A Wood Tailwheel Lift

(Or how to save your achin back.)

Building an Airdrome Aeroplanes Fokker D.VII

Part 3: the lows and highs of Phase One.

Building an Airdrome Aeroplanes Fokker D.VII

Part 2: from crate to airport.

Building an Airdrome Aeroplanes Fokker D.VII

Part 1: priorities and decisions.

Legal Eagle XL

Sometimes slow and steady wins the race, especially when you want a leisurely wind-in-your-hair, no-fuss flight. The plansbuilt Legal Eagle XL answers that call.

Found From Space

A technology developed by ham radio operators, called automatic position reporting system (APRS), coupled with low-cost GPS receivers, a decent antenna and the World Wide Web, have made it possible to track light-aircraft flights without incurring access or subscription fees. Yes, you'll need to get a Technician license for radio operators, but thats a minor obstacle if this system is something you want or need to use.

In Case You Missed it

Wind Tunnel

Design process: balance, part 3.

Wind Tunnel

Fixed gear or retractable gear? Barnaby Wainfan examines the physics behind this longstanding design question.

Understanding Lithium Batteries

Kathy and Reg Nicoson of EarthX, Inc. explain what you need to know.

More Than a Science Project

The folks at Sonex have been busy with recent first flights of both their battery-powered E-Flyer and the single-place, folding-wing Onex.