Barriers to Entry

Sometimes, when using shorthand in our conversations about Experimental aviation, we use the term “barriers to entry” primarily in the context of money. And...

Defining “Done”

“Kerry, you know your airplane could be flying in two weeks.” That observation, offered by someone qualified to make the assessment, caught me off...

Positive Capture

Aircraft fasteners that are critical almost always have a positive capture design or mechanism.

Primer on Paint

Decisions, decisions. One of the blessings of building an airplane is the ability to dress it up any way you please. However, for those...

Hidden Truths

There are some things to learn in aviation that seemingly only come with experience.
ForeFlight vs. Garmin Pilot

Excited About EFBs

Recently, I came across photos of my work in the 1990s, when I was with AOPA Pilot and often moving airplanes from coast to...

Know (You May Be) the Limit

I was in a bad place. I knew the flight might not end well before I took off from the taxiway of an Air...

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...

In Case You Missed it

Rear Cockpit

The most necessary thing in aviation.

Contributors

   Steve EllsAnd so we welcome another one from the “dark side” of general aviation,...

The Home Machinist, Part 6

Paying attention to the working environment and maintaining machining tools in tip-top shape can yield a more polished finished product, while also making the fabrication process easier.

The Dawn Patrol

It’s The Great Pumpkin Drop Charlie Brown!