Time Machine

This month’s cover story, another in our Buying Used installments—this time covering the Pulsar homebuilt—took me back. It was, of course, my awakening into...

IRAN

It is sometimes easy to remember that we do annual condition inspections to find things that might be wrong with the airplane. I know...

Unfit for Flight

Our culture’s version of schadenfreude often distills down to something called the Darwin Award, where hapless individuals appear to be disproving Charles Darwin’s theory...
repairman certificate

The Repairman Certificate

Those of us who have built or are building Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft know that one of the rewards besides the airworthiness certificate is another document...

Dispassionate Pursuits

At the very moment I was on final for Oshkosh’s Runway 9 in pursuit of a tailwheel endorsement, my flight instructor’s son was rising...

Two Years On

Habitual readers of this column know I’m not a fan of ADS-B, if only because I see such tracking technology as primarily the apparatus...

Avgas Next Steps

It had to happen. Ever since leaded automotive fuel was phased out in the 1970s, there’s been talk about getting the lead out of...

See Fit

Recently, a former airline colleague was killed when his Experimental aircraft impacted rapidly rising terrain while in level flight. It is easy to know...

Metallic Puce and Other Considerations

Airplane people tend to be drawn to all Machines That Move Us. Cars, motorcycles, boats. (Trains, too, but it’s cumbersome, as an individual, to...

Stardusted

Late. Always perpetually late. Some people are early as if by breathing, but for all my panting it never happens. Which is sort of...

In Case You Missed it

Electric Dreams

Pipistrel’s gift to general aviation.

Design Process: All-Moving Tails

A conventional horizontal tail has a fixed horizontal stabilizer with an elevator hinged to...

The Creative Homebuilder

Make your own air-flow speed control.

The $30,000 RV-9A

Two builders helped each other build RV-9As, each employing significantly different outlays of cash. The results are impressive in both cases, but for different reasons. They help us ponder the question as we build: “What is something worth?” By Marc Cook.