Ask the DAR

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Mel Asberry answers readers’ questions on one-off engineering data requirements, how to fill out an AC 20-27G form, and how to test-fly an aircraft in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Completions

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Builders share their successes.

Building as a Group

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The Independence Five is an Oregon-based group building a bevy of DH.2s. Dean Sigler explores their approach to building and reports on how the project is progressing.

Headlong For Headers

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Tom Wilson, an avowed hot rodder, details his foray into the world of custom exhausts and the performance gains found on his Lycoming IO-540.

Firewall Forward: Choosing Your Engine

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Many factors go into choosing the right engine for your homebuilt. In Part 1 of this new series, Dave Prizio provides an overview of the options available in Lycoming and Lycoming-type engines, and what you need to consider when making a decision.

Free Flight

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Perfection is unattainable for most builders, yet it is what many strive for. Paul Dye posits that sometimes “good enough” may be just what you need to finally get out of the shop and into flying.

The Dawn Patrol

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Dick and Sharon Starks help a fellow member of The Kansas City Dawn Patrol ready his WW-I replica aircraft—a Mariner amphibian in 1918 Curtiss Seagull livery—for its FAA airworthiness inspection.

Build It Better: What’s Your Backup Plan?

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The word “redundancy” is often heard in aviation, and with good reason. But a well-thought-out backup plan involves more than just having two of everything.

Ask The DAR

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DAR Mel Asberry answers a reader’s question regarding the Experimental/Amateur-Built eligibility of an airplane he’s building with parts salvaged from a Cessna 175.

Something to Do

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Upon his retirement, Jim Shy embarked on a lifelong dream of building his own airplane. But before he even decided on a design, he bought a place to keep it: his own airport.

In Case You Missed it

Homebuilt Aircraft Directory 2016

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Over 1000 kits and plans listed. Introduction by Paul Dye, compiled by Omar Filipovic

What’s New

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Sportairs Sirius LSA is available for demo flights, the Spider Tracks viewer allows you to track flights on your iPhone and MGL Avionics Second Generation EFISes debut. Edited by Mary Bernard

Static Prop Balancer

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I fly my Pulsar with a 60-inch GSC ground-adjustable wood prop because it smoothes...

Metal Magic: Installing Nutplates

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Every screw needs a place to go, and for many metal airplanes, that's into...