Editor’s Log

Timing.

Common Cents

Home equity loans, building loans, credit cards: These are only a few of the ways that one can finance an airplane building project. But beware: Each option has its benefits and disadvantages, and the wise builder will consider these carefully before signing on the dotted line; by Dave Higdon.

Dan’s World

Sometimes its surprising to see homebuilt aircraft kits languishing in garages or hangars or workshops. Especially the quickbuilds, which raises the question of whether there's something about buying a QB kit that leads to procrastination. Columnist Dan Checkoway ponders the question, looking to his own experience for an answer.

Light Stuff

Earlier this year, columnist Dave Martin had the opportunity to fly Flight Designs CTSW (short wing) factory-built Light Sport Aircraft. This month, he flies the company's new CTLS (Light Sport model), and he details the differences between the two.

Taking Care of Old Pushy and Pulley

Modern propellers do a good job of converting engine horsepower into thrust, and are generally tough and sturdy. But every prop needs care. Steve Ells looks at the top prop-care tips.

Light Stuff

Dave Martin finds a Light Sport seaplane at the 2009 Sebring LSA Expo that made a real splash.

The Dawn Patrol

Dick Starks and The Dawn Patrol saddle, er, trailer up and head to the Salute to Veterans Air Show in Columbia, Missouri. Who else could lend his crimping pliers to a couple of sailors to fix an F-18s wiring problem?

The Dawn Patrol

When Sharon Starks Airdrome Aeroplanes DH-2 replica fighter was ready for its airworthiness inspection, The Dawn Patrol was hoping for a perfect score.

Safety is No Accident: Avid and Kitfox

This month Ron Wanttaja looks at two similar designs, Avid and Kitfox, which have some major distinctions when it comes to the accident numbers.

Portable Coms Compared

Which portable VHF transceiver comes out on top after a side-by-side test in the field?

In Case You Missed it

Aircraft Wiring

Electrical trim and flaps for Experimental aircraft. By Marc Ausman.

Tilting the Mill Head

Most milling machines have the capability to tilt the head to make angled cuts....

Hiring Help With Avionics

Larry Anglisano makes the case for homebuilders getting professional assistance with complex avionics installations.

What’s New

Meet a new South African import LSA, read news from Jeppesen about updating your Chelton system, and a paint sprayer/respirator combination unit may interest the would-be plane painters among you.