Funny Money

When I was a kid, way back in the 1960s, one of the toughest decisions I had to make was whether to buy a...

Murphy’s Law, Occam’s Razor

Ed, an aerospace engineer, and Bill, a 14th Century philosopher, walk into your workshop…and if you’re smart you’ll let them stay and you’ll hear...

Missing Red Bull

Am I alone when saying the Red Bull Air Races were not my ideal of aviation pursuit? I surprise myself a little saying that,...

COVIDity Blues

As I write this, it is the Ides of March in the year that will live in infamy. We are all aviators or we...

What’s Next for Aviation in America? (Hint: No AirVenture)

Never have I wanted a column of mine to become obsolete, inconsequential, a curious blip in time more than this one. In the 30...

Experimental Vs. Certified

As I go through our back issues for our Archive page and relive the world of homebuilding in the 1980s (and, by extension, even...

Go Around

I just returned from my annual airline recurrent AQP, or Advanced Qualification Program, training. (We sure are an industry and avocation of acronyms.) One...

In-Flight Weather: Practice for Survival

This was going to get ugly. Crossing southern Louisiana in the middle of the afternoon in late May is never pretty. Today was going to...

The One True Airspeed

True airspeed is coy. It hides behind the more obvious speeds who tart themselves up with a meaningless facade. It’s never overt. It makes...

On Getting Dark

Tyrants make memorable flight instructors, a good thing when the lessons being imparted need remembering. And I must say, my primary flight instructor was...

In Case You Missed it

Simplicity

Countless modifications for homebuilts are available, but does that mean they're right for our projects? Paul Dye discusses the value of keeping things simple.

Build A Spark Plug Resistance Tester

Checking resistance is an important part of plug maintenance. By Michel Suire.

Ask the DAR

Recertifying a Homebuilt after major changes. Changing the gross weight when putting a Rans S6S on floats.

Is LiFePO4 in Your Future?

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