Mojave airport aerial image

Cutting It Short

Recidivist readers will recall last month I went on a bender over a breeze in Mojave and how a single chock saved the day....

Gear of the Year 2007

There's always something new to be had in the field of aviation-related equipment, and this year we stay on the beaten trail and wander off of it a bit with a new EFD/MFD, a build-it-yourself headset, a readily stowable inflatable tent, a headset boom light, a digital attitude indicator, an electronic flight bag and spiffy, low-draw LED landing lights; a Staff Report.

Raising the Misery Bar

The Dawn Patrol

Checkpoints

Last action taken.

Checkpoints

Fun in cold weather.

Rear Cockpit

Oil: why it gets hot.

The Dawn Patrol

It’s The Great Pumpkin Drop Charlie Brown!

The Dawn Patrol

Beware the numbers.

Ask the DAR

Mel Asberry clarifies the requirements for a builders log. The bottom line? The requirements are minimal: It should show that you actually built the aircraft, but its helpful to show as much detail as you can. And make sure you're in the photos, doing the work.

Alternative Energies

In his debut column, Dean Sigler introduces the CAFE Foundation and explains its efforts to promote green technologies for aviation.

In Case You Missed it

Building the Bearhawk LSA

The noisy end.

Cool Runnings

Norm Ellis does the math and shows you how to select the right oil cooler for your engine-cooling package. Given the critical role oil temperature plays in engine health, its a good idea to go beyond selecting the smallest, lightest and cheapest cooler you can find.

Wind Tunnel

The author discusses the theory and effect of constant-speed propellers on piston-engine airplane performance, and compares fixed-pitch versus constant-speed props, effect on thrust HP and propulsion, the comprises involved in choosing a prop, how props perform in various conditions and phases of flight, how variable-pitch props work, and why a constant-speed prop is the best choice for high-performance aircraft.

Letters

Distress SignalI just received the February 2009 edition and dove into its contents with...