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Scott Spangler

Scott Spangler
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Scott Spangler A pilot since 1976, Spangler was the founding editor of Flight Training magazine. In 1999 he launched and edited NAFI Mentor for the National Association of Flight Instructors, and for seven years was editor in chief of EAA publications. As a freelancer he’s written for Air & Space Smithsonian, Overhaul & Maintenance, Aviation for Women, Twin & Turbine and a number of non-aviation titles.

Backcountry Cruzer

Gary Motley makes the most of the Zenith CH 750’s performance spectrum.

Checkered Past

Building the Bearcoupe from 3D plans.

Building Unusual

Westfall Special past and present.

The Big Toot

The Big Toot Tommy Meyer‭ ‬built is not the two-seat‭ ‬biplane his father envisioned‭. ‬“It was going to be a side-by-side version of Little...

eBay Biplane

“Around 2006, I was on eBay quite a bit,” said Doug Eastman of Thornton, Colorado, looking for parts for the “first airplane I ever...

Minnesota Mission

Creating a bespoke airplane is one benefit of building from plans; when assembling a kit, builders cannot make many changes.

Something Different

Building a Breezy for the 21st century. By Scott M. Spangler.

Speedster Evolution

Kitfox Series 7 steps up to speed.

Fixed Formation

The Bel-Aire 4000 flies on lower wings from a Piper PA-22 Colt and upper wings from a PA-12 Super Cruiser.

NextGen Heirloom

Dennis Hutchinson rebuilds a Davis DA-2 for the future.

In Case You Missed it

Wind Tunnel

The author explains how the characteristics of an airplane affect pilot ability to complete tasks, response factors, stability and damping of the airframe to changes in angle of attack, basic stability, trim, control forces, and control power. He also addresses the controversy behind the design of airplanes, their characteristics and the resultant suitability for various types of flying;

Lancair ES-P

Robert Simon had the distinction of building the first Lancair ES-P to fly. But the process wasn’t without its challenges. The ES-P employs the cabin design and structure of the pressurized, retractable Lancair IV-P, but has a larger wing and fixed gear. During the build, Simon also deviated from the base design with changes that required factory support to accomplish. Not only did he learn much, he ultimately got the plane he needed; by Dave Higdon.

Building an Airdrome Aeroplanes Fokker D.VII

Part 2: from crate to airport.

Completions

Builders share their successes.