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Scott "Sky" Smith is a private, single and multi-engine pilot with over 30 years of aviation experience. He is a nationally recognized aviation writer and speaker, has written for numerous aviation magazines. He is also the author of: How to buy a Skymaster, How To Buy A Single-Engine Airplane, Ultimate Boat Maintenance Projects, and How To Build A Hot Tuner Car, published by MotorBooks International. He is a nationally recognized specialty insurance agent, insuring aircraft, boats and custom vehicles.

Thinking of Building an Aircraft But Need a Few Parts?

A great way to find “normal” aircraft parts is to head out to the aviation “junk” or “salvage” yards and scrounge for as many...

Insurance And Training

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

New to Homebuilding?

With so many options available, how can you choose a kit aircraft to build? From financing to storage to operating costs (and don’t forget insurance), a few factors can point you to a project that will fit your needs. By Scott “Sky” Smith.

Homebuilt Aircraft Insurance

Choosing insurance for your homebuilt can be a complex decision. Scott Smith breaks it down and explains what you need to keep your plane covered-at every stage.

In Case You Missed it

Bush Hog

How do you say ginormous in Russian? Bush Hog. Ed Wischmeyer flies the E-7 prototype, and finds the development team is on top of things.

What’s New

This months listing covers a new entry to the LSA market, the Explorer, a how-to TIG welding DVD, a free avionics guide from AEA, news about updated software and a new display from Anywhere Map, introduction of a three-cylinder diesel engine, and a sun visor for the popular Vans series of homebuilt aircraft; edited by Mary Bernard.

Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.

Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.