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...

Checkpoints

Working the system.

Rear Cockpit

First biplane cross-country-terrified fun.

Light Stuff

Motivated by an irresistible bargain and at least a modicum of nostalgia, author Dave Martin recaptures a piece of his earlier flying years when he purchases a twin-engine Lazair ultralight in partnership with two buddies. The Lazair is an unusual design to say the least, and Martin hasnt forgotten how to fly it, so both of his partners will benefit from his experience.

Alternative Energies

In his debut column, Dean Sigler introduces the CAFE Foundation and explains its efforts to promote green technologies for aviation.

25th Anniversary: Change Is Good

At AirVenture 2009, Amy Laboda took the opportunity to talk with 12 key innovators in the world of Experimental aviation, with one question in mind: What do you think has been the most significant change in homebuilding aircraft in the past 25 years?

Engine Beat

How are your cylinders doing? A differential compression test can uncover any problems-almost before they start. Steve Ells explores what the results mean, and what to do about them.

Speed Is in the Air

Air racing at Reno is part iron-age anachronism but also leading-edge development of the airplanes flying today. Where else can you say “4360 cubic...

Unusual Attitude

Doug Reeves, creator of the Van’s Air Force web site, shares his personal philosophy about what it takes to fly safely and responsibly.

Around the Patch

Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook discusses the potential impact of changes to the FAAs 51% rule, which are the result of increasingly complex aircraft being constructed with the aid of builder-assistance programs.

In Case You Missed it

Ask the DAR

DAR Mel Asberry clarifies what notification the FAA expects when a prop has been changed. His advice? Treat it like a major mod.

Wind Tunnel

Design process-CG limits and tail size, part 2.

Letters

Dont Look!Dick Starks Dawn Patrol article, Were going to have to count that as...

Build a Bear: Keeping It Real

Dave Prizio and his Build-a-Bear crew get the Texas Sport Cub ready for flight testing, and take to the skies.