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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?

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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

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

New to Homebuilding?

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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

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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.

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Wind Tunnel

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When conducting aerodynamic testing related to airflow over an object, how do you ensure that you've matched the conditions from one test to another, and why does it matter?

Commentary: An RV Owner’s Reaction to Van’s Bankruptcy Filing

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It’s worth remembering that it’s not just Van’s we’re talking about, but a whole constellation of supporting companies that make good money from RV builders.

Off the Grid (Chapter 2)

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Here we go with what I promised you last month. This may be the...

Rendesvouz with Destiny

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Dick Starks and The Dawn Patrol attend the biennial Rendezvous on hallowed ground: the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.