Design Process: Wing Design

At this point in the design process, we have gotten the airplane sized, balanced, and after six months of consideration gotten the landing gear...

The Fellowship of the Wing

In the classic J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy Lord of the Rings, a small band of intrepid adventurers are sent on a near-impossible mission—to save the...

Toolcraft

The best tool for certain tasks may require a bit of ingenuity and home shop fabrication. The purpose of this treatise is twofold. First it’s...

Unforeseeable Experiences

Of this I’m convinced; had I arrived in Fargo, North Dakota in a Skyhawk, Sundowner or Cherokee instead of a homebuilt, my brief stay...

The Perils of Cartooning About Avionics

Whenever I try to cartoon about avionics, all I get is resistance.

A Chock Talk

About a year ago my son whittled us some traveling chocks, just bits of 2-inch aluminum angle Swiss-cheesed to save weight. We’re a performance...

2020 Engine Buyer’s Guide

Get your aero motivation here!

The Lessons We Learn

It wasn’t the call I expected from the ferry pilot. Somewhere on the leg into Bloomington, Illinois, the GlaStar started running strangely. On the...

The Big Toot

The Big Toot Tommy Meyer‭ ‬built is not the two-seat‭ ‬biplane his father envisioned‭. ‬“It was going to be a side-by-side version of Little...

Turbine Temptation: Wiring, Avionics and Plumbing

The systems are simple but space is tight, so plan ahead.

In Case You Missed it

Aero ‘lectrics

An increasing number of pilots are turning to iPad and Android apps for use in the cockpit. Jim Weir takes an in-depth look at one of the more popular ones: ForeFlight.

Long-EZs and More

If there’s a chance to meet or hear an aviation celebrity speak, it’s my...

Engine Theory: Diesel Engines

The details of burning Jet A.

Around the Patch

Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook discusses the magazines new approach to the Alternative Engines Buyer's Guide and the blowback from his commentary about these engines in the May issue.