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 should I build anything other than an RV?” Well, really, why should you build anything other than an RV? It’s where all the lines cross on the chart. They’re affordable. They’re […]
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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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This Puddle We Play In

You are a rare person, participating in a unique hobby. You’ve seen the reactions when you tell people at Friday night pickleball tournaments that...

Cracks, Both Foreign and Domestic

Perhaps like me, you missed the big show this year. That is, they ran AirVenture without me, and I’m not sure anyone really noticed. A bit sobering, that, but confirmation none of us is indispensable and that airplanes will go on until Google releases e-Flight goggles, where you soar virtually just by stretching out your […]
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Notes From the Heartland

No surprise that my first trip back to Oshkosh in years was a funny combination of beginner’s excitement and jaded journalist’s déjà vu. So...
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Headset Trial: David Clark Pro-X2

In this Avionics Bootcamp video series, we put the David Clark Pro-X2 on the evaluation bench and took them flying for this field report.

The 2-Mile Decision

For those of you who read my column last month on keeping the fires lit, I find it ironic that I find myself telling you about another engine failure that happened since then. Perhaps I shouldn’t write about engine failures? But it did happen, and my thoughts are to share the experience and decision-making with […]
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Around the Patch

The Editor-in-Chief discusses how the improper cut of his instrument panel affected the performance of his Dynon autopilot; by Marc Cook.

Design Process: Landing Gear

It’s time to turn our attention to a major component of the airplane—the landing gear.

Ask the DAR

SLSA max empty weight, sailplane condition inspections, licensing a RANS S-7LS as an ELSA.

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.