Ask the DAR

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Periodic inspections are a necessary part of homebuilt aircraft ownership. Mel Asberry explains which ones are needed and how they differ from the certificated aircraft variety.

Completions

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Builders share their successes.

Learning to Weld

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Ken Scott's series on welding closes with an afterword from his mentor, Philip Groelz, who explains why TIG welding is the way to go.

Homebuilt Aircraft Insurance

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Choosing insurance for your homebuilt can be a complex decision. Scott Smith breaks it down and explains what you need to keep your plane covered-at every stage.

Alternative Energies

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Dale Kramer invigorated the ultralight movement in the 1970s with the Lazair. Now he's doing it again-with a battery-powered version. By Dean Sigler.

The Ultimate Upgrade

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Wendell and Martha Solebee’s experience in the automotive restoration business came in handy when it was time to prep their Lancair Evolution for paint.

All About Avionics

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Electrical components ahead of the firewall are crucial to the operation of the engine and aircraft systems. Stein Bruch presents a primer on wiring these vital elements of your electrical system.

Ask the DAR

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Mel Asberry looks at who can and cannot sign off on homebuilt aircraft inspections.

Garmin aera 796: Portable Syn Vision

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Garmin builds on its portable product line with two new navigators: the aera 795 and 796. Paul Bertorelli reviews these synthetic-vision capable units.

Build It Better: The Choices We Make

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Paul Dye debuts his new series on the myriad considerations that go into building and flying Experimental aircraft.

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Opening Aluminum Angle

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It is not uncommon when building an aluminum airplane to need to adjust the...

Tooling Up!

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Beginner's guide to aircraft tools and tool suppliers.

Past Due ELT Batteries

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There is a requirement for an annual ELT check to be entered into the...