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Vic Syracuse

Vic Syracuse
Vic is a fixed-wing and helicopter 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, has his own sport aviation business called Base Leg Aviation, and has written two books on aircraft prebuy and condition inspections.

High CHTs

An RV-10 owner recently brought his airplane to the shop due to high CHTs. He also mentioned that the problems started after the panel...

Fuel Pump Overflow

The overflow connection at the engine-driven fuel pump needs to be connected to a tube that exits the cowling.

Failed Ignition System

When it comes to aircraft ignition systems, I’ve always favored having one magneto and one electronic ignition system (EIS). Many dual electronic ignitions require...

Building the ‘Beater – Part 8

Looking back on the project.

Unairworthy Engine Controls

Engine controls should be mounted properly to the engine, not the engine mount tubes, and they should be secured with the proper attachments. The...

The Best Oshkosh Ever

I know many of you following the progress of my Hummingbird helicopter are probably thinking that flying it to the show is what made...

Building the ‘Beater – Part 7

Installing the interior.

Bad Weld

Sometimes welding should be left to those more skilled in its practice. I don’t think I would trust this repair that was made to...

The Case of No Rotor RPM Indication

I am now in the flight-testing stage with my Hummingbird helicopter. Personally, I’ve always liked the 40 hours of required flight testing as it...

Cabin Air

Do not use the engine compartment as a source of fresh air or heat, as there is the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning.

In Case You Missed it

Pride and Progress

I was caught off guard by the sight of familiar aircraft in the Sonex...


Is Your Engine Missing? I read every issue with extreme interest, but this year’s...

Billet or Weldment With Off-Axis Turning?

People tend to design around their particular expertise. A machinist will design based on...

Shop Made Tools

If you can build an aircraft, you can easily make your own tools.