What’s New

The 6000th RV flies, there's a new quick reference checklist for Garmin portable units, and a new engine mount for Rotax engines is available. Edited by Mary Bernard.

Rear Cockpit

An inside look.

Unusual Attitude

Vans Aircraft founder Richard VanGrunsven considers flight safety, and how improving our building and piloting skills would do more to reduce the number of mishaps than additional regulations would.

Experimotive

Necessity is the mother of invention, and the Corvair engine for aircraft has inspired a host of innovative aftermarket solutions. By Rick Lindstrom.

Checkpoints

Living the dream.

Ask the DAR

Can a builder modify a Vans RV-12 kit under the 51% rule? How about changing the gross weight of a RANS S-7? Plus, the FAA releases revised homebuilding rules.

The Coming Revolution

Tremendous progress has been made in the Automatic Speech Recognition realm (think iPhone’s Siri), and this technology may be a boon to solo pilots sooner than you think. By James P. Hauser.

Still Aiming High

Dan Parker aims to capture the world altitude record by flying to 31,051 feet in an aircraft he designed and built, and which weighs less than 200 kilograms. We checked in on him to see how things are progressing.

Editor’s Log

Shop memories.

Editor’s Log

The FAA’s concerns about the issuance of Special Airworthiness Certificates for some factory-built Light Sport Aircraft may result in changes to ELSA as well. By Editor-in-Chief Mary Bernard.

In Case You Missed it

Wire Bundle Lacing

Sometimes the old ways are still the best.

Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.

Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.

Replacing Fuel and Oil Lines

It is a good idea to cap off the old lines and fittings...