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Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson
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Pumping avgas and waxing flight school airplanes got Tom into general aviation in 1973, but the lure of racing cars and motorcycles sent him down a motor journalism career heavy on engines and racing. Today he still writes for peanuts and flies for fun.

Hidden Truths

There are some things to learn in aviation that seemingly only come with experience.

Electric Flight From Behind the Wheel

It’s safe to assume few of us have flown via electric power at this point, while some of us have no doubt taken a spin in an electric car.

The Future of Homebuilding: Engines

The future is going to look a lot like the present when it comes to Experimental aircraft engines. Sorry to be so mundane about...

A Guide to Guides

While it never feels good to be stuck in the ribs, when you deserve it, it hurts even worse. That was our feeling when...

On Mechanics

Given the benign nature of newer homebuilts and the wonders of a repairman certificate, there may be a good number of us not beholden...

Hot Over Warming Up

To warm up or coldly go into the takeoff?

Jets and Turboprops

Engine Buyer's Guide Index Introduction Flat Four-Stroke Gasoline Inline and V Four-Stroke Radial and Rotary Rotary (Wankel) Compression Ignition (Diesel & Jet A) Volkswagen ...

Inline and V Four-Stroke

Engine Buyer's Guide Index Introduction Flat Four-Stroke Gasoline Inline and V Four-Stroke Radial and Rotary Rotary (Wankel) Compression Ignition (Diesel & Jet A) Volkswagen ...

Rotary (Wankel)

Engine Buyer's Guide Index Introduction Flat Four-Stroke Gasoline Inline and V Four-Stroke Radial and Rotary Rotary (Wankel) Compression Ignition (Diesel & Jet A) Volkswagen ...

Compression Ignition (Diesel & Jet A)

Engine Buyer's Guide Index Introduction Flat Four-Stroke Gasoline Inline and V Four-Stroke Radial and Rotary Rotary (Wankel) Compression Ignition (Diesel & Jet A) Volkswagen ...

In Case You Missed it

Old World, New Engines

After putting another $140 into the gas tanks of my 300-hp biplane, I have...

Wind Tunnel

Trim tabs.

The Art of Assembly

The day will come when all of your engine’s parts come home from their...

Maintenance Matters

Evaluating a used engine.