Check Ride Chalk Talk

I think it is safe to assume that the vast majority of our readers have taken a check ride “practical test” at least once...

Electric Flight From Behind the Wheel

It’s safe to assume few of us have flown via electric power at this point, while some of us have no doubt taken a spin in an electric car.

Droning About the Future

Elsewhere in this issue, we’ve taken a few pages to consider the future of homebuilding, a composite sketch of sorts based on interviews and...

Building Trust—Reliability vs. Redundancy

It is hard to fly without a little trust. Call it faith if you will, but we fundamentally can’t leave the ground without some...

Let’s Get Dirty

Some—perhaps even many—pilots of Experimental aircraft never operate their artfully homebuilt aircraft on any runway surface not considered “improved,” meaning asphalt or concrete. That’s...

Help! You Need Somebody

This topic came to me in a dream, probably triggered by a New Year’s Eve chili-and-pumpkin pie-eating binge. Still, it’s rooted in reality, and...

A Guide to Guides

While it never feels good to be stuck in the ribs, when you deserve it, it hurts even worse. That was our feeling when...

Fleeting Thoughts

When we talk about Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft with “regular” pilots, it’s common for the conversation to imply that our world is a mere tiny speck...

Kit Confidential—Hardware Kits

I may be guilty of sitting on this story too long. In 2003, on the eve of my employment in the kit-aircraft industry, an...

Dollars and Sense

In my decades in aviation, I have come across individuals representing a wide financial demography—from folks who could buy a Boeing with a personal...

In Case You Missed it

Letters

Fuel Flow TestsAll the engineers here at the Light Aircraft Association HQ in the...

Just In Case

I’ve participated in countless conversations with homebuilders that included the phrase, “Just in case.”...

Around the Patch

Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook highlights an intriguing product that caught his eye at AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, and he reiterates the difficulty of bringing new engines to market.

Completions

Builders share their successes.