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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.

Detail Man

Master craftsman Andy Paterson's innovative finish work on a Glasair Sportsman polished the airplane to near perfection.

Air Power

The art of porting cylinder heads, whether by hand or by CNC machine, is a valuable part of blueprinting detailed engine builds or overhauls, and surprisingly subtle changes can determine how efficiently the engine will breathe.

In Case You Missed it

The Dawn Patrol

Good things come in threes.

Completions

Builders share their successes.

Around the Patch

Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook discusses his recent visit to a Zenith Aircraft factory workshop where he had the pleasure of flying some airplanes and pulling some rivets.

Fixed-pitch Props

A major advantage of a fixed-pitch prop is that it is lighter, simpler and cheaper than one with variable pitch.