AirVenture 2021: Surprise, No Surprise

Editor's log.

Good Fundamentals

I am often asked what it takes to fly many different airplanes, especially when some are prototypes for which very little data exists. My...

Failure to Launch

This month’s column is not about unmotivated or overaged adolescents living in Mom’s basement, nor honeymoon disasters. This is much more serious than those...

Shop in Comfort

I’ve confessed to building Metal Illness in a space that many, or most, would rate less than ideal. In my defense, my brain’s right...

An Open Mind

Normalcy had evolved in a fair way. Overcast and cool in the morning, the afternoon had opened to a moderate haze punctuated by a...
Dave Martin

Dave Martin 1938–2021

What we are today was set in motion by Dave more than three decades ago.

Speed Is in the Air

Air racing at Reno is part iron-age anachronism but also leading-edge development of the airplanes flying today. Where else can you say “4360 cubic...

Color Country

When I was mired in some of the more frustrating and tedious parts of building a kit aircraft, I would often reenergize myself by...

Your Head, Your Heart, Your Hands and the Truth

Three chords and the truth. That’s how songwriter Harlan Howard, who, with Hank Cochran, penned “I Fall to Pieces,” described country music. I got...
Glasair Sportsman

Glasair Aviation to Restart With Kits, Not Two Weeks to Taxi

Glasair Aviation is planning to emphasize kit sales and production first and restart TWTT later.

In Case You Missed it

Viewfinder

Editor-at-Large Marc Cook takes a look at Rotax’s first foray into fuel-injected engines: the 912iS.

Covering a Replica with Grade A Cotton and Irish Linen

A precise reproduction of the Spirit of St. Louis must have authentic fabric.

Wicks Aircraft Supply & Motorsports

For over 100 years, this family-owned business has sold everything from pipe organs and PT-19 wings to high-performance parts for homebuilts.

Rare Bird

A biplane designed in the 1920s inspires thoughts of aviations Golden Age, and for one pilot, its a perfect complement to his Aeronca Champ.