Down to Earth

Amy Laboda finds a way to keep her RV-10s engine cool-until she runs into hot, South Florida summer weather, that is.

Safety Is No Accident: Buying a Previously Owned, Flying Homebuilt

Ron Wanttaja looks at the accident data to determine whether its safer to buy than build an Experimental, and he identifies the key factors to ensuring a successful outcome.

Editor’s Log

Black zones.

Ask the DAR

Can a powered parachute be classified as Experimental/Exhibition if it missed the ELSA deadline?

Checkpoints

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Taxes and Shipping Additional

Most homebuilders—and just I’m spit-balling here—have waited a long time to justify the cost of building an airplane.

What’s New

Master Mechanic introduces the Swift Driver, Aircraft Spruce launches an online magazine and offers a simplified FAR/AIM book, and California Power Systems carries Rotax 912 engine rubber replacement kits.

Around the Patch

Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook looks closely the TSAs proposed badging plan for GA aircraft, which was buried in the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP). Also, is there a chance for a Superior Air Parts revival?

Designing Minds

You've invested thousands of hours building your airplane, and now its time to pick a paint design that will show off all that hard work to best effect. But how do you go about selecting one of innumerable designs? Susan Brunner offers some tips on not only how to narrow the field, but also how to make sure you get the paint job you envisioned.

Product Review: Wicks Adel Clamp Pliers

No hangar assistants or third hand to wrangle those tricky wiring or tubing installations using Adel clamps? Wicks has come up with the perfect kit to help. By Marc Cook.

In Case You Missed it

Letters

Zenith Super DutyAs usual, congrats for a bang-up job on the cover story on...

Wind Tunnel

Design process, part 1-it all starts with the mission.

Maintenance Matters

What to do when you’ve stripped a spark plug hole or other threaded receptacle in your homebuilt (once the cursing has stopped)? We have ways... By Steve Ells.

Light Stuff

The dream of flying cars remains alive and well, and several companies are taking on the challenge. By Roy Beisswenger.