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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.

Building the ‘Beater – Part 3

It’s beginning to look like a helicopter.

First Flight Experiences

I’ve done quite a few first flights for new builders. I lost count when the number went over 40. Most of them have been...

Unattached Vertical Fin

Here is a photo of a vertical stabilizer attach point on an RV-9A that is completely missing the four lower attach bolts shown in...

Building the ‘Beater – Part 2

Installing the control system.

Cracked Alternator Bracket

Look closely and you will see that the bracket is cracked on the left side of the slot.

Building the ‘Beater – Part 1

In my “New Sojourn” column in the July 2022 issue, I told you I was committed to building a Hummingbird helicopter. I have begun...

SCAT Tubing Cut

Be careful when routing SCAT tubing close to metal structures like engine mounts. The hard spring wire can actually cut through the 4130 engine mount...

Always Learning

While I see lots of recurring maintenance problems every day, tough ones that require some additional thinking for the Diagnosis column don’t always happen...

What’s AirVenture Without a Little Storm?

Although, last night’s storm was one of the bigger ones. Lots of rain and wind gusts over 50 mph. So far, we are not...

Volunteers—The First People You Meet in Oshkosh

We arrived here around 9 am this am, after a wonderful flight from Dekalb, IL. Nothing like a nice calm flight over the IL...

In Case You Missed it

Maintenance Matters

A clean plane is a safer plane and a source of pride.

Best Practices – Workshop Safety

A safe workshop is a happy workshop.

All About Avionics: Pitot-Static

While there have been many attempts by homebuilders to make their pitot-static systems better than the rest, the tried and true methods remain sound. By Stein Bruch.
ForeFlight vs. Garmin Pilot

Excited About EFBs

Recently, I came across photos of my work in the 1990s, when I was...