Over the Hump

For my wife and me, it was important to have our kids learn a musical instrument. We lost out to sports with our son,...

Fit and Trim

A first flight reveals truths that only air moving over an aircraft’s surfaces can reveal. Will the engine cool properly? Will the cockpit fill...

Gathering

Longtime readers may recall that before scribbling in aviation magazines I scribbled in automotive magazines. That seems like someone else’s life a long time...

Some Old Favorites

For those building a new airplane, chances are you’re getting more than familiar with certain tools at different stages of the build. For me,...

Keeping a Battery Current

“With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being...

A Step in the Flight Direction

Parts & recreation.

Caught in the Act

We’ve been working on the development story of the Van’s RV-15 for many months. Paul Dye and I had what I would call exceptional...

How They Build Them in South Africa

During my recent visit to Sling Aircraft in Johannesburg, South Africa, to fly the new High Wing on this month’s cover, I was given...

Second Time Charm

There’s no other way but to admit that I found dozens of reasons to put this project off. By finally tackling it, though, I...

Plug In Power

Years ago a friend of mine was faced with commuting for his airline job from his home in St. George, Utah, to his new...

In Case You Missed it

Tall Transmission Tales

(Antennas, Chapter 3)

Firewall Forward: Exhaust Systems

Besides venting engine exhaust, an exhaust system must heat the cabin and warm the carb. Some crucial rules must be heeded, no matter what kind of system you choose.

Viewfinder

Editor-at-Large Marc Cook flies the RANS S-7LS at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, and hears encouraging news from vendors.

To Launch a Light Sport

This month builder Bob Fritz searches for a better alternative to last-century circuit technology for his panel and finds it in a Polyfuse.