I’m sure there were perfectly fine used homebuilts closer to me than N531CE—it was at the other end of the country, after all. But this GlaStar is, in many respects, the right airplane. First of all, it’s really familiar, enough like my Sportsman that I know what to do and how to do it. Those […]

Hey There, Charlie

I’m sure there were perfectly fine used homebuilts closer to me than N531CE—it was at the other end of the country, after all. But this GlaStar is, in many respects, the right airplane. First of all, it’s really familiar, enough like my Sportsman that I know what to do and how to do it. Those […]

Checkpoints: AirVenture 2019

As I write this, we have been home from AirVenture 2019 exactly one week, and I am feeling much better than when I wrote last month’s column. Why? Because within 1 hour of landing back at home base last week, my son, neighbor, and I headed to the airport to hang the new engine on […]

This Puddle We Play In

You are a rare person, participating in a unique hobby. You’ve seen the reactions when you tell people at Friday night pickleball tournaments that you’re building an airplane in your garage. They fall toward an extreme. ”Is that safe?” Or, “That is cool! I could never do that.” We forget how unique this hobby is […]

Cracks, Both Foreign and Domestic

Perhaps like me, you missed the big show this year. That is, they ran AirVenture without me, and I’m not sure anyone really noticed. A bit sobering, that, but confirmation none of us is indispensable and that airplanes will go on until Google releases e-Flight goggles, where you soar virtually just by stretching out your […]

Notes From the Heartland

No surprise that my first trip back to Oshkosh in years was a funny combination of beginner’s excitement and jaded journalist’s déjà vu. So much was basically the same—and remember that I’ve been coming to the event off and on since 1988—but there was enough that was new to make this one of the best […]
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Headset Trial: David Clark Pro-X2

In this Avionics Bootcamp video series, we put the David Clark Pro-X2 on the evaluation bench and took them flying for this field report.

The 2-Mile Decision

For those of you who read my column last month on keeping the fires lit, I find it ironic that I find myself telling you about another engine failure that happened since then. Perhaps I shouldn’t write about engine failures? But it did happen, and my thoughts are to share the experience and decision-making with […]

Taxes and Shipping Additional

Most homebuilders—and just I’m spit-balling here—have waited a long time to justify the cost of building an airplane.
Leakdown-Tester

The Big Scare

You look down at the instruments, and instantly energy drains down your body as if bomb bay doors on the soles of your feet had opened and the concrete floor were a sponge.

The Usual Suspect, Part 2: Missing Power

The dark interior of a hangar comes into focus as an announcer says, “Building Time Theater presents, ‘The Usual Suspect, Part Two: The Missing Power.’” It’s a bright, warm morning. The first in months for a landscape that has finally kicked off a grey blanket of snow. Two men become silhouettes against the morning’s diffused […]

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Light Stuff

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Practical Electrical

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