Nobody’s Perfect

Nobody's perfect. Neither is any airplane or airplane part—there’s always a tolerance from perfection, and that’s OK, as long as you understand the art of repair.

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,...

News from E-Mag, Levil, and Sensenich

E-Mag offers an electronic mag for the IO-540, Levil has a PC-based EFIS, and Sensenich introduces a composite ground-adjustable prop for the RV crowd. Edited by Mary Bernard.

Down to Earth

Amy Laboda updated the avionics package on her RV-10 with an NavWorx ADS600-B box, and its ADS-B function has opened a whole new window on the world.

Safety is No Accident: Lancair Designs

Author Ron Wanttaja uses NTSB data to illustrate how Lancair designs of all varieties stand in the ratings of aircraft accidents vis--vis other homebuilts.

Engine Beat

There's a lot to know about aircraft oil: what to use, when to use it, when to change it. Steve Ells sheds some light on this essential fluid.

Risky Business

Hot doggin. By Sid Mayeux.

Checkpoints

Back courses and billy goats.

ELTs of Tomorrow Today

The FAA mandates the use of emergency locator transmitters so that downed aircraft can be found and assistance provided. But times are changing, and its important to understand the nature of the new technology so that you can best equip yourself; by Bob Fritz.

Rear Cockpit

First biplane cross-country-terrified fun.

In Case You Missed it

Building a Hidden Oil Door Hinge and Latch

A different approach to a popular modification. By Brad Benson.

Fly By Night

Equipping your homebuilt aircraft for night flight has become both more complicated and more flexible thanks to a wide variety of LED lighting solutions. By Mary Bernard.

Checkpoints

Advice for flying in Alaska.

Toolcraft

The best tool for certain tasks may require a bit of ingenuity and home...