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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.

Forgetting How?

Overheard comments are often the most interesting, probably because your brain is in a more receptive mode than if also occupied trying to one-up...

Fast Squeeze

Todd Rudberg’s RV-8 helps usher in a modern era of nitrous-oxide-assisted sport planes.

Fun With Emissions

Making the rounds on the canned news circuit recently was the EPA announcing it’s going after emission controls for aviation. Oh boy. As an old...

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...

In Case You Missed it

Maintenance Matters

In Part 2 of his discussion, Steve Ells delves into more detail about patching, repairing or replacing aircraft aluminum.

Continental Pushrod Tube Modification

Owners of a certain type of Continental engine, the cam-at-the-bottom variety, are undoubtedly familiar with the annoying seepage of oil from swaged pushrod tubes and rubber pushrod seals. Now there's a cure, and author Ron Darcey describes the fix.

Sawtooth Climb Performance

A traditional flight test technique for determining Vx and Vy.

Gear of the Year 2007

There's always something new to be had in the field of aviation-related equipment, and this year we stay on the beaten trail and wander off of it a bit with a new EFD/MFD, a build-it-yourself headset, a readily stowable inflatable tent, a headset boom light, a digital attitude indicator, an electronic flight bag and spiffy, low-draw LED landing lights; a Staff Report.