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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

Changing the Propeller, Can I Add Seats?

Question: I am upgrading the propeller on my aircraft and was wondering if you...

Wind Tunnel

These small additions to your aircraft can make a significant improvement in its pitch response and authority at high angles of attack. Barnaby Wainfan gives you the strake story.

2012 Alternative Engine Buyer’s Guide

If you’re in the market for an auto-conversion engine for your homebuilt aircraft, here’s a definitive guide to the options. By Patrick Panzera.

Insurance And Training

Just because you built it, doesn't mean you're ready to fly it. By Scott Sky Smith.