Improperly Installed Intake Gaskets

We noticed the intake gaskets were leaking on cylinders 3 and 4 on the Lycoming IO-320 in an RV-9A. There was a logbook entry...

Watch Where You’re Going!

You can track on a smartphone or laptop the flight paths of Experimental aircraft as they fly in real time.

An Approach to Airplane Maintenance

If we put maintenance and repairs together, we can easily see a link between maintenance well done and minimizing repairs. Of course, too much...

Another Drill Guide

The cordless hand drill is a marvel of engineering. Lightweight and powerful, it can do just about any drilling job on an airplane. But...
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Metal Magic: Removing Bad Rivets

How to properly remove bad or damaged rivets. You'll probably do this a lot over the course of an airplane project!

Here Come Hell’s Bells Again

We can use decibel calculations no matter if we are measuring in power or voltage; the calculations and outcome are identical.

Flaperons, Spoilers and Drooping Ailerons

There are some situations where there isn’t enough room on the wing’s trailing edge to split the functions cleanly between an inboard flap and...

Speed Is in the Air

Air racing at Reno is part iron-age anachronism but also leading-edge development of the airplanes flying today. Where else can you say “4360 cubic...

Color Country

When I was mired in some of the more frustrating and tedious parts of building a kit aircraft, I would often reenergize myself by...

Your Head, Your Heart, Your Hands and the Truth

Three chords and the truth. That’s how songwriter Harlan Howard, who, with Hank Cochran, penned “I Fall to Pieces,” described country music. I got...

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A Sign of the Zodiac (Part 5)

Builder Rick Lindstrom’s Zenith Zodiac 601 XL project continues as he discusses the successes and setbacks he experienced along the way to the first flight; by Rick Lindstrom.

The Independence Project: Avionics

It’s time to install the shiny, expensive boxes in the RV-12. Yes, the avionics package goes in… and it’s not as difficult as it used to be. By Dave Martin.

The Home Machinist

What do you do if you want to cut a longer-than-usual taper? Well, first you'll need to create a simple tool from some round stock that will provide target zones for your dial indicator, and then you may need to buy some more tools-what a shame! Home Machinist Bob Fritz takes you through the process. Hint: Choosing the right Morse Taper is critical.

Product Review: BrightLine Pilot Bag

The BrightLine Bag is the ideal accessory for pilots who like a place for everything and everything in its place. By Marc Cook.