25th Anniversary: Engines of Change

In the days of the Wright brothers, the Flyer would have been impossible had the boys not endeavored to develop their own powerplant. While the Experimental/Amateur-Built movement has been carried aloft by versions of certified aircraft engines, the alternative engine movement has provided viable options for builders. By Marc Cook.

Viewfinder

Mark Cook revisits George Happs RANS S-19 project to see how the Rotax 914 installation has panned out.

The Watch List

Is anything more disheartening than dropping a piece of hardware in your airframe and not being able to find it?  Yes. A loose nut...

The Dawn Patrol

Built in to any aircraft construction project is time for head scratching and trying to recall why you just walked from one end of the shop to the other. These are some of the most valuable moments.

What’s New

Lancair's Piston Evolution has flown, and MGL Avionics V10 com radio debuts. Edited by Mary Bernard.

Safety Is No Accident: Van’s RV series

It’s been a couple of years since we looked at how homebuilts generally fared in the accident statistics vis-à-vis certified aircraft. This time around we’ll look at the safety records of specific homebuilt designs, starting with the Van’s RV.

Ask the DAR

What's the difference between the FAAs SLSA (Special Light Sport Aircraft) and ELSA (Experimental Light Sport Aircraft) designation? DAR Mel Asberry clears it up.

Funny Money

When I was a kid, way back in the 1960s, one of the toughest decisions I had to make was whether to buy a...

Around the Patch

A visit to the CubCrafters factory in a rural area of Washington state can get a guy thinking about leaving big city life behind. By Marc Cook.

Down To Earth

The founders of the Solar Impulse Project build on their successes with a planned around-the-world flight and a stopover at the Paris Air Show. By Amy Laboda.

In Case You Missed it

Ye Olde Slip Roll

This month’s project is a follow-on to the Pietenpol muffler that was the subject...

Checkpoints

Alaska anyone?

Archive: January 2008

On our cover was the stunning Falco F.8L built by Kris Shipler’s late father,...

Stressing Structure

Crashworthy design overview.