Unairworthy: Missing Safety Wire

Some bolts have drilled heads for a reason: They are supposed to be safety wired. The first example is a wheel pant bracket. The left wheel pant bracket on this airplane was missing the safety wire. A discussion with the builder ensued until the right wheel pant was removed—that bolt had gone missing! The second […]
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Cracks, Both Foreign and Domestic

Perhaps like me, you missed the big show this year. That is, they ran AirVenture without me, and I’m not sure anyone really noticed. A bit sobering, that, but confirmation none of us is indispensable and that airplanes will go on until Google releases e-Flight goggles, where you soar virtually just by stretching out your […]
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Turbine Temptation

Making the decision.
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Notes From the Heartland

No surprise that my first trip back to Oshkosh in years was a funny combination of beginner’s excitement and jaded journalist’s déjà vu. So...

Building the Bearhawk LSA

It’s finally finished!
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Letters

Winner’s Circle What’s this I hear about Paul Dye already winning some kind of award for his SubSonex? When will we see more on this...

Avionics at AirVenture 2019

A bit of innovation and some surprises.
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Fabric Covering 101

Lessons learned applying fabric to a Murphy Maverick.
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Tires, Brakes & Wheel Bearings

Maintenance matters.
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