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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.

Ly-Con Awarded GARDSert Process

We were at Ly-Con Aircraft Engines the other day checking in on some O-200 cylinders when Ly-Con majordomo Ken Tunnell showed us a nifty...

The Fly As You Go Plan

Learned colleague Paul Dye recently wrote about the time-limited nature of aviation hardware. That is, every bolt has its day. Eventually the cad plate...

Old World, New Engines

After putting another $140 into the gas tanks of my 300-hp biplane, I have to admit the newer sport planes coming out of Europe...

Going Around

Gallons of ink have been dedicated—with only minor effect—to figuring out what it is that joins pilots together. But clearly there’s something in the...

NXT Next

Electroflight and Rolls-Royce partner to set the world’s electric airspeed record.

Higgs, Grove Form AC Aero

Engine designer and industry consultant Andrew Higgs has joined with Sport class air racer Karl Grove to form AC Aero USA LLC. The new...

Just a Trim, Please

Being well out of trim myself at the time, staying busy whirling the little knobbed wheel in the Cessna 150 trainer never appeared overly...

Missing Red Bull

Am I alone when saying the Red Bull Air Races were not my ideal of aviation pursuit? I surprise myself a little saying that,...

On Getting Dark

Tyrants make memorable flight instructors, a good thing when the lessons being imparted need remembering. And I must say, my primary flight instructor was...

On Thanksgiving

One of the compelling reasons to aviate is it can demand the ultimate payment, and with an impartiality Hemingway appreciated. That alone elevates flying...

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Garmin’s ADS-B WX

Garmin’s portable ADS-B receiver is a solid performer, but it does have some competition from other devices when it comes to providing traffic and weather information. By Jeff Van West.

Here Comes the Judge

How do aircraft judges at the big annual events evaluate a potential prizewinner? You might be surprised. By Bill Repucci.

Turbine Temptation: Into the Air

No parts left—let’s fly!