Build Your Skills: Fabric

This month we look at installing the fabric on the wing and how to use rib-lacing, reinforcement tapes, pre-punched holes, and methods of mechanical attachment including pop rivets, PK screws and fabric clips; by Ron Alexander.

Engine Update

Lycoming makes a push into the Light Sport Aircraft market with its new O-233 engine. Though similar in appearance to the venerable O-235, it’s an entirely new design poised to take on some heavy competition. By Marc Cook.

Let There Be Light

Upgrading to LED lighting with “The Works” kit from Flyleds.

Error Chain

Prop governor failure-everything was wonderful, right up until it suddenly wasn't.

Vacuum-Bagging for Homebuilders

This month well go through the step-by-step vacuum-bagging process for an aileron trimtab part to see how to deal with extreme contours.

Scratching the Itch to Scratch Build

Getting started on a Spacewalker II.

Ask the DAR

Is an aircraft’s empty weight required on the data plate? Does the gross weight change when an LSA is converted from conventional landing gear to floats? Should engine maintenance be entered in the builder’s logbook? Does the Minimax still qualify as an ultralight?

One Piece at a Time

Les Krumel invested 22 years building his award-winning Thorp T-18.

The Other Oshkosh

Camp Scholler comes alive during AirVenture.

Testing, Testing!

Part 2: Determining Material Properties

In Case You Missed it

Legalities

Protecting the builder from subsequent owners.

Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.

Aero ‘lectrics

Jim Weir shows you how to build your own GPS “turnstile” antenna.

Wooden Props

While composite props are making inroads, the century-old technology of wood more than holds its own. By Paul Bertorelli.