Maxing Out the Fun Factor

For those who have experienced it, the fun of going on a flying trip with your friends and their families in the airplanes you...

Affordable! Fast! Too Hot!

Marketing departments willfully ignore the difference between objective and subjective statements, especially the marketing department claiming $3990 is an affordable monthly payment for a...

Long-EZs and More

If there’s a chance to meet or hear an aviation celebrity speak, it’s my observation it’s worth the effort. Much of this is just...

The Dream Is Alive

I don’t know if you’re like me and read magazines all random and willy-nilly, not necessarily from front to back. But if you are,...

Spare the Wait and Carry On

What began, for one homebuilder, as a cross-country odyssey to AirVenture turned into an altogether different odyssey when his airplane’s voltmeter began an un-commanded...

Lessons From Galesburg

I’ve had a number of readers ask me if I managed to make it to the Stearman National Convention, and I’m happy to report...

Rag Wing Roots

These days, I seem to be associated mostly with metal airplanes, RVs in particular. Just take a look at that byline down there—I have...

Living With RVs

For the last 20 plus years any person who’s thought of building their own airplane has had to get past one big question: “Why...

Hey There, Charlie

I’m sure there were perfectly fine used homebuilts closer to me than N531CE—it was at the other end of the country, after all. But...

Checkpoints: AirVenture 2019

As I write this, we have been home from AirVenture 2019 exactly one week, and I am feeling much better than when I wrote last month’s column. Why? Because within 1 hour of landing back at home base last week, my son, neighbor, and I headed to the airport to hang the new engine on […]
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The Dawn Patrol

When you're the newbie of the group, you're going to get the tough assignments. But some newbies know how to exact payback (all in good fun, of course).

Checkpoints

Along the way.

Wind Tunnel

Aeroelasticity II—aileron flutter.

Ask the DAR

Changing aircraft model type and how DARs set operating limitations.