On Thanksgiving

One of the compelling reasons to aviate is it can demand the ultimate payment, and with an impartiality Hemingway appreciated. That alone elevates flying...

Small Screens, Big Deal

Just as we wrapped up our big-screen EFIS buyer’s guide in this issue, Garmin released its new GI 275. I’d heard rumors that Garmin,...
uAvionix tailBeacon X

uAvionix tailBeaconX

An all-in-one taillight and Mode S transponder.

Just In Case

I’ve participated in countless conversations with homebuilders that included the phrase, “Just in case.” The phrase is usually used while discussing flight safety scenarios...
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Cutting It Short

Recidivist readers will recall last month I went on a bender over a breeze in Mojave and how a single chock saved the day....

How About a Little Prop Talk?

Here’s something new for me. Until my recently acquired GlaStar, I have never owned an airplane without an adjustable propeller. True, the Pulsar XP’s...

The Fellowship of the Wing

In the classic J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy Lord of the Rings, a small band of intrepid adventurers are sent on a near-impossible mission—to save the...

Toolcraft

The best tool for certain tasks may require a bit of ingenuity and home shop fabrication. The purpose of this treatise is twofold. First it’s...

Unforeseeable Experiences

Of this I’m convinced; had I arrived in Fargo, North Dakota in a Skyhawk, Sundowner or Cherokee instead of a homebuilt, my brief stay...

A Chock Talk

About a year ago my son whittled us some traveling chocks, just bits of 2-inch aluminum angle Swiss-cheesed to save weight. We’re a performance...

In Case You Missed it

Aero ‘lectrics

This IC walked into a (light) bar…

The Dawn Patrol

Dick and Sharon Starks and The Dawn Patrol make their annual, magical pilgrimage to AirVenture Oshkosh. Mix in a big, surly storm, the Wild Snorting Piglet, and an Air Force Brigadier General, and you've some something to write home about.

Priming Tubes

Sometimes the bear gets you. Sometimes you get the bear. Today, I got the...

Paint Masking

We've all seen those commercials for painter's tape. They make masking look so easy,...