A Brief, Un-Researched History of Cockpit Noise Solutions

There are things from our collective past that leave me gob-smacked. Homes were painted (and tainted) with lead paint. Cigarettes were promoted for their...

Forgetting How?

Overheard comments are often the most interesting, probably because your brain is in a more receptive mode than if also occupied trying to one-up...

Elements of Evolution

For this month’s cover story on the updated Van’s RV-14A, I not only got to spend a couple of days flying and photographing the...

Tunnel Vision and Troubleshooting

Confronted with a large task, we often see the whole of it and can’t get started. Cleaning a garage comes to mind. The door...

Sensor Sensibilities

In 2011, when I purchased my engine sensor package for the then new Dynon SkyView system, the sensors of choice for fuel and oil...

Fun With Emissions

Making the rounds on the canned news circuit recently was the EPA announcing it’s going after emission controls for aviation. Oh boy. As an old...

With a Little Help From Your Friends

In a world where a COVID-19 forces us inside and further emphasizes virtual relationships—with work, with school and with friends—it’s probably no surprise that...

Weighty Matters

We’ve all been taught the five primary forces of flight—lift, thrust, gravity and drag. (Plus money, but it’s more existential.) Let’s focus on gravity,...
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Let the Ink Dry

For as long as I can remember, and thankfully that is more than five decades, I’ve read of builders performing an aircraft’s first flight...

Wittman. Field.

AirVenture comes to this place, not from this place.

In Case You Missed it

Dan Parker and the Altitude Airplane

Dan Parker was just another enthusiast looking to make his mark in aviation with some kind of crazy, notable project. Then he came across the Facet Opel, current altitude record holder, and the race was on. Since then, hes been working on his airplane full time, hoping to break the existing record, and along the way hes come up with some innovative and exceptionally efficient building and design practices.

Remember When: The BD-5 Micro

The BD-5's reputation precedes it: long in development, company bankruptcy, investor losses, challenging to fly, early accidents. With an introduction like that, who would think this micro plane would be such a positively straightforward blast to fly?

Completions

Builders share their successes.

Around the Patch

Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook looks at the changes within Lycoming and how they affect kit builders, as well as Superior Air Parts future since Thielerts bankruptcy.