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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Build, Maintain, Inspect

One of the big reasons that people build their own airplane is the flexibility afforded by the FAA when it comes to maintenance and inspections. If you are the builder of an experimental aircraft, you can be issued the repairman’s certificate that allows you to sign off the annual condition inspection—thereby making you the builder, […]
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Round-Trip Flight

Let’s see. Where was I? When we last spoke, I was headed back into the motorcycle realm, where I eventually got to be editor in...

Do’s and Don’ts of Aircraft Building, Part 2

Do’s and Don’ts of Aircraft Building, Part 2
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Keeping the Fire Lit

Air. Fuel. Spark. Right?
Starduster too on the ramp

Rear Cockpit: The Other Guy’s Plane

In a parallel life of mine—auto journalism—shop talk occasionally got around to just how few cars the average person probably drives in their lifetime....
light gun signals

Rear Cockpit: Light Gun Signaling

Silent running.

Editor’s Log: Crew Change

Marc Cook, former editor in chief, is once again going to hold that position here, as Paul Dye steps into the role of editor at large.

The Misfire

The Usual Suspect, Part 1.

Editor’s Log

There's always a way.

In Case You Missed it

Good Vibes…

Dynamic prop balancing demystified.

Ask the DAR

Heeding manufacturer overhaul times, about the repairman certificate.

Is LiFePO4 in Your Future?

As technology improves and gets cheaper, the answer is probably yes. Gordon Alling.

Rear Cockpit

Oil: how its cooled.