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Vic Syracuse

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.

Fuel Leak and Cracked Flare

A major fuel leak was discovered on this airplane not long after the first flight. The majority of the fuel in the tank leaked...

The 2-Mile Decision

For those of you who read my column last month on keeping the fires lit, I find it ironic that I find myself telling...

Do’s and Don’ts of Aircraft Building, Part 2

Do’s and Don’ts of Aircraft Building, Part 2

Keeping the Fire Lit

Air. Fuel. Spark. Right?
motor mount rubber

Unairworthy: Isolator Mount Problems

Rubber isolator mounts should not have a gap between them and the engine mount when properly torqued.

Oshkosh Perseverance Award

The registration crew goes to great lengths to recognize those who have built an airplane and flown it to OSH for the first time....

Unairworthy: Loose Tail Attach Bolt

This is a very critical bolt that attaches the horizontal stabilizer to the fuselage in an aerobatic airplane. The bolt is not tight, and...


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A continuing journey.

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Builders share their successes.

Ask the DAR

Ready to perform aerobatics with your new homebuilt? Not so fast! The operating limitations dictate what's required first.

RV-6 Photography

From RV-6 photographer to RV-6 builder/pilot. By Ed Hicks.

Ask the DAR

Hiring a professional build center to build an Experimental Light Sport Aircraft.