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Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson
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.

Flying Tired

It had been a long, cold night.

Is the Future Here?

For ages one of the most common laments in aviation is we’re still flying around behind ancient engines. LyConsaurs they’re called, and when in...


Azalea Aviation Bill Clapp at Azalea Aviation offers Corvair engines as a sideline to his main business, Saberwing aircraft. Those planes use his 100- and...

Dynamometer Break-In: Worth It

Running a new engine on a test stand or, especially, a dyno, makes so much sense we don’t know why everyone doesn’t do it.
DeltaHawk DHK180

Circling the Airport

Building Experimental aviation engines is a tough business at best, so engine programs come and go. Furthermore, as sport aviation blossoms into the competition...

Jets & Turboprops

PBS Aerospace Even with all the recent interest in small turboprops, there is but one place to burn kerosene in the build-it-yourself world. The SubSonex...

Flat Four-Stroke Gasoline

AC-Aero USA LLC Stroker kits and water-cooled cylinders for Lycoming 360/540 engines are AC-Aero’s specialty. This still-new company seems to have found a steady base...

Certified vs. Experimental

Just as airplanes are legally grouped as certified or Experimental, engines follow the same scheme.

Air-cooled Volkswagen

The air-cooled Volkswagen aero conversion community shares many characteristics. Obviously they are all built from the VW Type-1 engine, even if some have been...

Compression Ignition (Diesel & Jet A)

Continental Thanks to their complex and high-pressure nature, diesel (Jet A-burning) piston engines are premium devices full of expensive parts, and their penetration into the...

In Case You Missed it

Tools for the Home Shop Machinist

Thinking of setting up a home machine shop?

Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.

Where Have All the Homebuilts Gone?

Thousands of E/A-B aircraft have been removed from the rolls, but most of them haven’t existed for decades.

Two Years On

Habitual readers of this column know I’m not a fan of ADS-B, if only...