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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.

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 ...

Two 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 ...

Corvair

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 ...

2021 Engine Buyer’s Guide

Power up with our yearly powerplant directory.

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Ask the DAR

Who can be in the cockpit of a homebuilt aircraft during Phase I flight testing? Mel Asberry answers the question.

Viewfinder

Marc Cook looks at the possibility of Glasair Aviation initiating a new Two Weeks to Taxi builder-assistance program for the Van's RV-10.

All About Avionics: Wire Stripping and Crimping

Wire stripping and crimping might seem like a basic skills, but when done improperly can have nasty consequences. Stein Bruch gives an overview of the proper tools and methods you'll need to keep your avionics humming.

Ask the DAR

This month, a new column introduces Designated Airworthiness Representative Mel Asberry, who describes his background in homebuilding and details some of what hes looking for as a DAR. Questions welcome.