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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.
Tom Aberle said he looked at Phantom daily for a couple of years trying to decide if it was ugly or beautiful, and while its combination of angles and curves is unique, its 12 championships make it beautiful in our eyes.

Biplane Gold

Phantom dominates biplane pylon racing by harnessing traditional homebuilding talent.
light gun signals

Rear Cockpit: Light Gun Signaling

Silent running.

Tom Aberle 1943 – 2019

Noted biplane racing champion Tom Aberle passed away on June 15, 2019.

Rear Cockpit

Twice the angst and what a cost!

Rear Cockpit

Old airplanes, new pilots.

BIG: Mojave Experimental Fly-In 2019

If the Mojave Experimental Fly-In had a theme in 2019 it turned out to be "big." The planned part of big was Mike Patey arriving...

Indoor Aviating at Mojave

It's taken seven years for us to attend the Friday night glider build and free-flight soaring competition at the Mojave Experimental Fly-In, but this...

Rear Cockpit

Youthful ignorant that I was, it took a few years for me to realize just what a disappointment I presented to my definitely older...

Mojave Tonight & Tomorrow!

Experimental aircraft and their builders are what the Mojave Experimental Fly-In is all about, and it's starting today. Tonight the family-oriented indoor Build &...

Rear Cockpit

Building your future.

In Case You Missed it


Missing operating limitations.

Light Stuff

Roy Beisswenger takes a look at how you too can join the league of record holders in the ultralight world.

Engine Beat

Removing your oil filter is not nearly as easy as putting it on. Steve Ells shows you how to take it off without turning your workshop into a Hazmat site.

Engine Beat

A step-by-step guide to doing maintenance on a Bendix S-200 magneto.