Ask the DAR

Ready to perform aerobatics with your new homebuilt? Not so fast! The operating limitations dictate whats required first.

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

How to fabricate sandwich panels, part 1.

Buying a Used Homebuilt: Pre-Buy Inspection

The pre-buy inspection-what is it and why do you need one?

Searching for the Right RV-6

If at first you don't succeed, keep looking-sooner or later you'll find it!

Near the Finish Line

When your plane is almost completed, its time to shop for insurance. By Shanna Linton and Jennifer Cummins.

A Good Samaritan

An RV-10 does heavy labor alongside certified muscle for a good cause.

Simple Green

Extreme Simple Green - Aircraft is a new product designed to clean your aircraft safely without damaging finishes. Its effective in removing oil and other dirt from the exterior surfaces as well as the interior, and is used by Boeing on its family of airplanes. Its available at specialty stores and aviation supply houses.

Firewall Forward: Choosing a Prop for Your Project

Wood or composite? Constant speed or fixed pitch? The choice of propeller should be made just as carefully as the choice of an engine. Dave Prizio outlines some of the important factors to consider.

All About Avionics, Part 6

Whether portable handheld or panel-mounted, GPSes are the wave of the future in avionics, and these units can store and display a remarkable amount of detailed information. With nifty docks, handhelds can perform much like the panel-mounts in the cockpit, yet be removed for use in other vehicles.

Vertical Power

This brand new power management system harnesses CPU power to eliminate the need for much of an aircrafts wiring by consolidating major electrical functions into a single box. It comprises three units: a display, controller module/panel housing and mag controller. Bundled into the setup are radios, instruments (including GPS, EFIS and engine monitoring) and lights. Each flight phase is broken down into the tasks normally performed manually by the pilot, and the VP-200 addresses them more or less automatically, while also providing override capability in the event of a system failure.

In Case You Missed it

2014 Plans-Built Buyer’s Guide

Not everyone starts with a kit. By Paul Dye and Mark Schrimmer.

Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.

Emergency Parachutes

A safety net you can wear. By Bruce Eicher.

Rear Cockpit

Twice the fun and half the cost.