Sikaflex Canopy Bond

Tips for making The Big Cut and bonding a canopy.
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Alternator Mods Without Major Surgery

Another way to modify a Nippondenso alternator for use with an external voltage regulator.
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Grow a Third Hand

When you need an extra hand, make a jig.

Homebuilt Accidents: BuzzKill

Crashes while maneuvering at low altitude have a high mortality rate.
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Minnesota Mission

Creating a bespoke airplane is one benefit of building from plans; when assembling a kit, builders cannot make many changes.

Wi-Fi Enabled

The term “Wi-Fi enabled” involving aircraft conjures up images of fat cats shorting Boeing stock at FL450 in their Gulfstreams or frustrated airline pax trying to stream Stranger Things at dial-up speeds. For better or worse, that type of Wi-Fi access hasn’t reached down to the average E/A-B aircraft yet. However, there is new Wi-Fi […]
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Homebuilt Accidents: Fatal Factors

Pilot decision-making is a greater factor in fatal accidents.
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AeroVonics Flight Displays

Leave your cutting tools in the drawer. These drop-in electronic instruments eliminate complicated installations and have an impressive feature set.
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Restarting a Homebuilt Project

What to do when you haven’t been doing anything.
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Military Oxygen

Want to look and sound like a fighter jock?
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Build Your Skills: Fabric

Who knew there was so much to consider when selecting a fabric for your aircraft project? Cotton or polyester? Light weight or heavy? STCs, TSOs, PMAs, FAA requirements. Poly-Fiber or Ceconite systems? Ron Alexander unravels the alphabet soup and explains how and why each fabric may be the way to go for a specific project.

Dan Parker and the Altitude Airplane

Dan Parker was just another enthusiast looking to make his mark in aviation with some kind of crazy, notable project. Then he came across the Facet Opel, current altitude record holder, and the race was on. Since then, hes been working on his airplane full time, hoping to break the existing record, and along the way hes come up with some innovative and exceptionally efficient building and design practices.

Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.

25th Anniversary: Change Is Good

At AirVenture 2009, Amy Laboda took the opportunity to talk with 12 key innovators in the world of Experimental aviation, with one question in mind: What do you think has been the most significant change in homebuilding aircraft in the past 25 years?