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Steve Ashby

Steve Ashby is a sometime lawyer and full-time aviation aficionado from Atlanta, Georgia. He learned to fly in 1980 and has adopted a 1968 Skyhawk (your Grandma could fly it). Steve is also working on a Van's RV-8A which he swears will be completed on (a) Thursday.
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JK-2 Nano Gyrocopter Debuts at AirVenture

Fusion Copters of Warsaw, Poland debuted its single seat carbon fiber gyroplane at AirVenture this year. Midwest distributor, Jeffrey Boyd, is displaying the sleek...

A Blazin’ Paint Job

Brian Eldridge first flew his newly completed RV-8 just last February. His arrival today at AirVenture was, to say the least, colorful. Not only...

LaSures Has Closed

Say it ain’t so. LaSures restaurant, THE place to meet for breakfast, has closed. Tears are streaking down the chubby cheeks of countless homebuilt campers...

Pilot Who Can’t Hold Down a Job Comes to AirVenture

Consider the plight of RV-8A pilot Tim Fitzpatrick. He began his aviation career as an air traffic controller in the U.S. Marine Corps. With...

Seen at Sun ‘n Fun

There is more to Sun 'n Fun than just airplanes. The "Fun" is enhanced when we don't take ourselves too seriously.

Lincoln TIG Welding Class at Sun ‘n Fun

Three weeks ago no one really knew if there was going to be any welding presence at all at Sun 'n Fun. There were...

Old Pilot’s Camper Journal Day 5

Even in everyday life, living in a comfortable home, sleeping can be an issue for an old fat guy like myself. Physiologists tell us...

ICOM Enhances the Bluetooth Revolution

One of the most important contributions to safe and efficient communications in the cockpit has been the addition of Bluetooth communication between avionics components....

Homebuilt Campers Michael and Tricia Foss

Of all the stunning Homebuilt aircraft to fly into Lakeland this week, one would be hard pressed to see a more beautiful craft than...

Old Pilot’s Camper Journal Day 4

Some of the best moments of this week-long adventure occur at picnic tables. This morning Forrest and I grabbed an early breakfast at the...

In Case You Missed it


Homebuilt vs. Certified

Seemingly two peas in a pod are the GlaStar and its factory-built derivative, the OMF Symphony. We flew both of these wonderful two-seat aircraft to get a handle on what either FAR Part 23 certification or the freedom of homebuilding means to those facing such a delectable decision. By Ed Wischmeyer

Practical Electrical

Wire termination science, part 1.

Home Shop Machinist

Titanium-when and where to use it and how to machine it.

All About Avionics

Todays homebuilt aircraft avionics packages often incorporate a number of boxes behind the panel, all requiring a particular type of wiring to go with them (not to mention all the other power draws such as lights, flap motors, etc.). Its advisable, then, to consider the length and nature of the wiring to be included in your project from the moment you start building. Avionics techno Stein Bruch explains the how and why of managing the wiring requirements for your aircraft.