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Vic Syracuse

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Vic is a commercial pilot, CFII with ASMEL/ASES ratings, an A&P/IA, DAR, and EAA technical advisor and flight counselor. Passionately involved in aviation for over 40 years, he has built 11 aircraft and logged over 10,000 hours in 72 different kinds of aircraft. Vic volunteers as a Young Eagle pilot and Angel Flight pilot. He chairs the EAA Homebuilt Council and is a member of EAA’s board of directors. He also has his own sport aviation business called Base Leg Aviation.

Disconnected Pitot Line

Ever lose your airspeed in flight? The nylon lines held in the “push-grip” fittings must have some flexibility in them so they aren’t pulled...

Listen To the Engine

This month’s column is the start of a new series based upon feedback from KITPLANES® subscribers who said they missed my contributions. Thankfully, Marc...

Unlabeled Controls

It is a requirement that the engine controls are labeled as to their function and operation. In this case, labeling the blue knob “Prop—Push...

Broken Battery Hold-Down Bracket

This battery hold-down bracket was discovered in an RV-10 during a condition inspection. It is a very serious safety issue that probably needs no...

Oil in Line

Look very closely and you will see liquid in the tubing. This is the manifold pressure line to the electronic ignition system. The fluid in...

Improper and Proper D-Sub Connectors

The connector in the left photo was discovered on the back of an autopilot control head that was intermittent. D-subs require a backshell (right...

Prebuy vs. Condition Inspection

What’s the difference?

Where’s the Throttle?

Engine controls, and all other controls in the cockpit, should be labeled as to function and direction. It is standard practice to use black...

Improper Deburring

It is really important to remove the burrs that are created when drilling through aluminum prior to riveting. Otherwise the rivets will not get...

Improper Bolt Length

A bolt should extend beyond the nut by 1–3 threads. If it is any longer, then the next size shorter bolt should be used....

In Case You Missed it

The New Guy

Shop safety tips. By David Boeshaar.

25th Anniversary: Loran and GPS take over

Todays GPS technology has largely supplanted loran as a navigational aid in Experimental aircraft, and thats not a bad thing. By Marc Cook.

A Brief, Un-Researched History of Cockpit Noise Solutions

There are things from our collective past that leave me gob-smacked. Homes were painted...

Flight Review: The Rand KR-2

Bob Grimstead sampled the diminutive Rand KR-2 and found it demanding to fly in some respects but also thoroughly enjoyable.