Turbine Temptation: Into the Air

No parts left—let’s fly!

Tilting the Mill Head

Most milling machines have the capability to tilt the head to make angled cuts. This comes in handy when the workpiece can’t be conveniently...

Design Process: Braced Wings

As we saw last month, the designer has two fundamental choices of wing structural architecture: cantilever or externally braced. In a cantilever layout all...

Arctic Flight

A journey to Northern Canada’s Barren Lands.

Statistics, Lies and Damn Lies…

Aviation is a numbers game. We fly the airplane by the numbers, we use numbers to navigate and we have to deal with numbers...

Headset Histrionics

I logged my first official instructional flight on June 17, 1975, at age 15. I already had my private and an instrument rating before...

What Capability Are You Building Toward?

New home, new airport—they present an opportunity to learn. This learning has been especially acute since the beginning of the year and my move...

Low Compression

Usually, we look for something greater than 60/80 when doing compression checks on Lycoming engines. A reading such as this one (36/80) really warrants...

Off the Grid (Chapter 2)

Here we go with what I promised you last month. This may be the simplest—and yet the most complex—discussion of what it means to...

NPT and Aircraft Fittings–Don’t Get That Size Wrong!

National Pipe Thread‭ ‬is a U.S‭. ‬standard for‭ ‬tapered‭ ‬threads‭, ‬which we find on many aircraft fittings‭. ‬Contrast this with‭ ‬straight‭ ‬threads‭, ‬which are...

In Case You Missed it

When the Rooster Flies

Just because real roosters don't fly doesn't mean that a 100%-original aircraft designed and painted to resemble one wont. By Geoff Jones.

Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.

Maintenance Matters

Affordable borescope.

Building the Bearhawk LSA

Working on the wings.