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As I write this, we have been home from AirVenture 2019 exactly one week, and I am feeling much better than when I wrote last month’s column. Why? Because within 1 hour of landing back at home base last week, my son, neighbor, and I headed to the airport to hang the new engine on […]
Some bolts have drilled heads for a reason: They are supposed to be safety wired. The first example is a wheel pant bracket. The left wheel pant bracket on this airplane was missing the safety wire. A discussion with the builder ensued until the right wheel pant was removed—that bolt had gone missing! The second […]
A major fuel leak was discovered on this airplane not long after the first flight. The majority of the fuel in the tank leaked...
For those of you who read my column last month on keeping the fires lit, I find it ironic that I find myself telling you about another engine failure that happened since then. Perhaps I shouldn’t write about engine failures? But it did happen, and my thoughts are to share the experience and decision-making with […]
Do’s and Don’ts of Aircraft Building, Part 2
Air. Fuel. Spark. Right?
Rubber isolator mounts should not have a gap between them and the engine mount when properly torqued.
The registration crew goes to great lengths to recognize those who have built an airplane and flown it to OSH for the first time....
This is a very critical bolt that attaches the horizontal stabilizer to the fuselage in an aerobatic airplane. The bolt is not tight, and...