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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.

Thursday Morning Race Notes

Some quick notes on Thursday morning's heat racing from a bright and thankfully clear Reno. Formula 1 dished up a tasty little knife fight in...

A Good Start

It’s a good start to the Stihl National Air Races in Reno, Nevada. Similar to Air Venture it’s a victory simply to hold the...

Museum of Flying Art

Being a military brat, we moved around some when I was a kid. Having good parents meant we sampled the local fare as much...

Star Bird!

Luxury and efficiency join elegantly in this unique blend of twin engines and canard airframe.

An Open Mind

Normalcy had evolved in a fair way. Overcast and cool in the morning, the afternoon had opened to a moderate haze punctuated by a...

Hatz Definitely Classic

Carlo Cilliers is a recidivist builder hailing originally from South Africa although he now does his daily toil at AOPA. Lead Aircraft Maintenance Manager,...

20 Years Coming

The airplane is a fancy, interesting mix of new build and period-correct graphics, instrumentation and intent.

Tosten Covered

Tosten already has a complete line of popular stick grips, so they are not debuting any new hardware at this year’s AirVenture. But they...

Biplane Forum Burgers

Poke around the AirVenture camp grounds around dinner time and you’ll find every sort of gathering around barbecues. From small families to near-Woodstock events,...

Homebuilder’s Corn Roast

Corn roasts, in case you’ve never shucked your way through an ear or two, are one of the perks of clean mid-western living. More...

In Case You Missed it


Ben Haass STOL Zenith 801, featuring a Ford V-8 auto conversion, made quite a first impression at AirVenture 09. This month, he tells Rick Lindstrom what makes it all work.

2012 Rotorcraft Buyer’s Guide

The 2012 Rotorcraft Buyer’s Guide includes 49 designs for those who may be interested in building a kit helicopter or gyroplane.

uAvionix AV-30 Adds Capabilities

Now with traffic and Wi-Fi!

Home Shop Machinist

3D printing.