Ask the DAR

Night VFR in an ELSA, flying from the right seat, ELSA certification for an original design.

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.

In Case You Missed it

Kit Stuff

2016 Engine Buyer’s Guide

There are plenty of choices to power Experimental aircraft.

Rear Cockpit

Twice the angst and what a cost!

Maintenance Matters

Maintenance for an extended journey.