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Vic Syracuse

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 9000 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.

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....

Horizontal Stabilizer Crack

In 2014 Van’s Aircraft put out a service bulletin for potential cracking in the horizontal stabilizers of the RV-6, RV-7 and RV-8 series of...

Turnbuckle Safety Wire

Turnbuckles are usually used in control systems to apply the proper amount of tension to the cables. It is extremely important to ensure that...

Leaky Static Lines

Ever wonder why static systems often start to leak after a couple of years? See the little plastic insert between the two tubes in...

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Aero ‘lectrics

Headset tester à la Ferrari.

Free Flight

There are many reasons that building your own airplane takes awhile. Columnist Paul Dye details the pitfalls of completing one seemingly simple maintenance task, which brings into focus the bigger picture.

Floating The Dream

Rick Lindstrom revisits Canadas Dream Tundra, this time when its on floats. Dream Aircraft Founder Yvan Desmarais spent 10 years developing the prototype for this design, with the intention of building and kitting a better bushplane. Lindstrom says hes achieved that goal and then some.

Do-It -Yourself Aircraft Jacks

Having completed two basic welding courses, I was a solution looking for a problem.