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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.

Near Perfect, But Nothing Fancy

We visit Visalia and find California engine builder Ly-Con going strong.
The most difficult compromises live in the middle of the performance envelope, while the easiest decisions are found at each end of the spectrum. This VW installation emphasizes economy over performance, so a prop gearbox would be an obvious complication.


Never one to revel in the practical, recently I found myself expounding to a colleague on why the general aviation world moves at 2700 rpm.

RARA Announces Roswell

Reno Air Racing Association announced the new home of the National Championship Air Races (NCAR) is Roswell, New Mexico.

Training to Win… Next October

They’re already going 350 mph down on the deck in Las Cruces, New Mexico and there is much more in the works. To begin with...

Sounding Off

Like some sort of verbal restricted area, certain subjects are such tropes in aviation scribbling that I steer around them like they were cumulonimbus....

EAA AirVenture Cup Race Applications Now Available

Applications for the 26th annual EAA AirVenture Cup Race are now available online. The 2024 AirVenture Cup Race begins at 9:00 am CDT on...

Case for the Lyconsaur

Last time we met, the question was if the engines of the future had already arrived. This time I’d like to turn around and...

Nothing Small About It

The Gweduck is a hero-class Experimental three decades in the making.

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...

In Case You Missed It

A Seal Deal

Radial oil seals, the kind found on rotating parts such as crankshafts, cam shafts...

Statistics, Lies and Damn Lies…

Aviation is a numbers game. We fly the airplane by the numbers, we use...

Around the Patch

Velocity Aircraft has been acquired by Rocket Racing Group, and Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook discusses the implications for the company specifically and the industry in general. Also, Dick Starks has a new book out that regales readers with tales of his wacky Dawn Patrol adventures.


Doug Rozendaal Right place, right time. Thats Doug Rozendaals kinda luck this month. Quite...