All About Avionics: Panel Labels

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Avionics wiz Stein Bruch discusses the pros and cons of the most popular ways of labeling your panel including placards, decals, rub-on labels, silkscreens and laser etching.

To Launch a Light Sport

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In the third part of this series on building a Jabiru J250 Light Sport airplane, author Bob Fritz installs the elevator, trim and aileron cables, paints some of the interior, installs the master break cylinder, and moves on to the rudder pedals and flaps.

DIY Wind Indicator

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Chuck Deiterichs description of a do-it-yourself wind indicator project includes tips, drawings, a parts listing, in-progress photos and a look at the finished product. His experimentation with the highly visible design takes the guesswork out of doing it right.

Unusual Attitude

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Oshkosh AirVenture gave Ed Wischmeyer the opportunity to look around at the newest ideas in aviation and to think about the larger implications of what he was seeing. He speculates about what works, what doesn't and how manufacturers and consumers alike could make the world of flying a better place.

Completions

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Builders share their successes.

Build Your Skills: Fabric

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If you want sound and long-lasting fabric covering, proper shrinkage is essential. And an accurately calibrated iron is a means to that end. Ron Alexander details the process and offers tips on how to avoid damage to the underlying structure during tautening.

All About Avionics: We Came, We Saw

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There are seemingly few more mundane tasks than making holes, but there are as many ways to do them, as there are different sizes and shapes of holes. This month, Stein Bruch describes how to cut holes in the panel yourself, using tools you may already have around the shop.

To Launch a Light Sport

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Once he decided on a kit, builder Bob Fritz went full-speed ahead on the project and has made remarkable progress in a short time. He’s nearly ready to start making airplane noises.

Unusual Attitude

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RV builder Kathleen Evans makes a case for airplane building as a true partnership between spouses based on mutual interest and respect.

Completions

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Builders share their successes.

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Aero ’lectrics

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The $10 airplane fix-it tool.

Hang Up!

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I have been flying my RV-9 for 14 years and a thousand hours. You...

Maintenance Tools

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If you are going to do a proper job of maintaining your airplane, you will need some tools that don’t have much use outside of aviation.

Lifelines

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Aircraft Specialty Flightlines delivers custom CNC precision to homebuilders worldwide.