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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

Ask the DAR

DAR Mel Asberry answers questions about when you need A&P signoff, re-certifying an airplane to make it an LSA (hint: cant be done) and pre-registration of an Experimental.

Wind Tunnel

Prop momentum theory.

Perking up the performance of a Glasair Sportsman

Power Flow exhaust shows a measureable efficiency gain over the standard system.

Build Your Skills: Composites (Part 7)

Author Bob Fritz explains how to set up a vacuum-bagging operation in your home shop, using readily available equipment and supplies, which will get you great results on small- to medium-size parts. The object is to mechanically squeeze out excess epoxy for a good-ratio part with maximum weight savings and strength.