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Sky Polaris-a historic flight in an RV-8, part 1.

Around the World and Over Both Poles

Sky Polaris-a historic flight in an RV-8, part 1.

Homebuilt Accidents: Comparing the Causes

Do certified aircraft have different types of accidents than Experimentals?

3D Printing to the Rescue!

Saving a $1,000 headset by making a new earcup bracket.

Making Sandable Foam Glue/Filler

An epoxy alternative thats easier to work with for low-stress, structural applications.

A Futuristic Anachronism

Ultimate experimenter Paul Lipps has used his own homebuilt, a Lancair 320, as a test bed for his many innovations, which include reflexed flaps, an ultra-long pitot tube for more accurate readings, a solar-powered fan for the cockpit, a cowl scoop for ultra cooling of the magneto, extremely close clearances between the spinner and the prop, and a one-of-a-kind propeller.

Build Your Skills: Composites (Part 11)

Author Bob Fritz offers a middle way to paint your airplane yourself, without surrendering your first born or breaking the bank. Hint: Preparation and the right equipment are essential.

To Dream The (Almost Impossible) Dream

Almost from the beginning of aviation, the idea of a plane you could drive/car you could fly has captured both the popular imagination and the hearts of some dedicated experimentalists. The dream remains alive, and realization, the author says, is fettered only by the lack of willing investors; by Murry L. Rozansky.

Air Power

The art of porting cylinder heads, whether by hand or by CNC machine, is a valuable part of blueprinting detailed engine builds or overhauls, and surprisingly subtle changes can determine how efficiently the engine will breathe.

Completions

Builders share their successes.

Dual Time

Its a stool! Its a set of chocks! Its both. Chuck Deiterich shows you how to craft one with PVC pipe, plywood and some hardware.

In Case You Missed it

Oratex Aircraft Fabric

Covering made easy.

Aero ‘lectrics

This month, author Jim Weir lays the groundwork for a solar battery charger, complete with preliminary circuit board considerations drawn from a rats nest and details about how to order a pre-fabricated board.

Using Level Accelerations to Determine Climb Performance

A faster way to gather data over a wide range of conditions.

Firewall Forward

Here’s what you need to know to get your engine controls—propeller, throttle, mixture, carburetor heat, cabin heat—placed correctly and working properly.