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.

Dawn Patrol

When a casually tossed length of two-by-four and a pristine fabric-covered airplane meet, the result isn't pretty. Author Dick Starks describes his wifes initiation to the art of fabric repair.

FOFUS—Fail Operational/Fail Safe

Good design is not necessarily about how many levels of redundancy you have.

Hot Over Warming Up

To warm up or coldly go into the takeoff?

What’s New

PS Engineering introduces a new audio panel, Zenair ships its first float kits, and Wicks offers a happy hour discount. Edited by Mary Bernard.

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.

Aero ‘lectrics

Regular regulations.

Ask the DAR

DAR Mel Asberry discusses the process for registering and certifying an ELSA, including how to find an inspector and the paperwork you'll need to provide.

What’s New: Dynon’s New Com Radio and Intercom

Audio components designed to work with the latest SkyView firmware 6.0.

What’s New

CHR International acquires the Safari helicopter kit, formerly known as the Baby Belle. Flight Data Systems unveiled its T-30 digital tachometer. Edited by Mary Bernard.

In Case You Missed it

Checkpoints

Do we really need all of these toys?

Capturing Helmholtz Free Energy

Energy thats similar to an open-ocean wave break also exists in engines. Can it be harnessed with a tunable induction system?

What’s New

This months listing covers a new entry to the LSA market, the Explorer, a how-to TIG welding DVD, a free avionics guide from AEA, news about updated software and a new display from Anywhere Map, introduction of a three-cylinder diesel engine, and a sun visor for the popular Vans series of homebuilt aircraft; edited by Mary Bernard.

Minimax to the Rescue

It's not easy to find a tug/tow bar assembly substantial enough to handle the job adequately and still be portable enough to be carried aboard.