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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

Fuel Injection 101

Steve Ells immerses himself in the art and science of fuel-injection systems during a weekend course at Airflow Performance headquarters.

Rear Cockpit

Droning like bagpipes.

The Perils of Cartooning About Avionics

Whenever I try to cartoon about avionics, all I get is resistance.

Build it Better

Paul Dye has used his engineering discipline to jot down his thoughts on the many lessons learned as we gain experience as pilots and builders. His goal, and ours, is to leverage the tribal knowledge of longtime builders such as Dye to get you thinking about Experimental aircraft on a higher level. Not simply nuts and bolts, but larger concepts centering on safety and self-discipline. We hope you enjoy this series.