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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.

Lonely

It’s true. The cool kids at AirVenture tend to show early, hang around three days, then zoom home. As Cygnet pilot Todd Loes shows...

A Cygnet From the Golden Era

Definitely from the golden era of plans-built homebuilts, Todd Loes' Cygnet SF-2A embodies all the down-on-the-farm ingenuity and patina of that era. While it...

Heron Turbine

Now we can add Greece to the countries joining the modern kit plane era, for that is where Heron is starting production of a...

Swift Fuel: Drop in 100LL Replacement in 2023

Chris D’Acosta, CEO of Swift Fuel updated an AirVenture audience today on his company’s efforts to provided a drop-in replacement for 100LL by 2023....

Sling It!

Keen to show off their new High-Wing variation of the well-regarded low-wing TSi, South African airframer Sling has done so in spectacular fashion by...

Showing Some Muscle

Yeah, we got a thing for biplanes. We especially like biplanes with a bit of snort. This Canadian registered Pitts Model 12 in Air Venture parking...

F1 Rocket Tapered Wing Sighting

Patiently waiting F1 Rocket fans will take interest in the neat stack of aluminum in the Team Rocket Aircraft’s booth at Air Venture. Team leader...

Spirit of Aurora Mobbed

With the experimental world tentacled to their wireless, straining for intelligence through the pervasive static of the world wide web, the word was out...

Various and Sundry

Awash with ideas and follow-up chores, the writing workbench is looking about as disheveled as the one out in the hangar, so we’ll take...

Parts of the Problem

Building airplanes involves a lot of stuff, as we all have noticed by now. There are the special materials and finished goods required by...

In Case You Missed it

Wag-Aero Sport Trainer

Builder Dave Klages’ Wag-Aero Sport Trainer remains faithful in most ways to the J-3 Cub that inspired it; by Marc Cook.

Around the Patch

Marc Cook discusses the loss of Geared Drives Bud Warren and his daughter, as well as his decision to step down from his position as Editor-in-Chief.

Wind Tunnel

Recently, there has been increasing interest in the efficiency of all vehicles, including airplanes. Designers are seeking to make airplanes that perform better and burn less fuel. Barnaby Wainfan takes a close look at the aerodynamics and mathematics behind this deceptively complex process.

Viewfinder

By getting an up-close look at the Sandberg reporting station in Southern California, Editor-at-Large Marc Cook finds out why the weather there is almost always worse than it is anywhere else in the L.A. basin.