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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

Editor’s Log

Cycles of flight.

Wind Tunnel

The truth about trimtabs.

Buying a Used Homebuilt: A Serious Consideration

For someone considering aircraft ownership, used Experimentals deserve serious consideration.

Cover Story: Designing Men

In this first installment of the upholstery series, the author looks at the basics: sewing machines, scissors, needles and thread, and more.