Free Flight

The words "test pilot" conjure images of steely-eyed derring-do, but the reality is often a world away from all that.

Making Dreams Come True

First liftoff of the Dream Tundra flown (Photo: Georgia Kinninger) When the Homebuilding movement began in earnest (I'm not talking about all the flying...

The Dawn Patrol

It’s The Great Pumpkin Drop Charlie Brown!

Free Flight

Which way do you lean? Techniques for improving performance by using the mixture control.

Product Review: Dynons Handheld DX15

Dynons DX15 handheld transceiver marks the company's introduction to a crowded product category. By Paul Bertorelli

Dan’s World

Columnist Dan Checkoway appreciates the flexibility of owning a homebuilt rather than a certified aircraft. On a recent condition inspection of his RV-7, he detected small cracks in the front spar of the horizontal stabilizer. A week later he was working on replacing it, without any intervention from the FAA.

What’s New

New landing lights from AeroLEDs, a lightweight headset from MGL, the electric Waiex makes its first flight, and FatBoy offers throttle quadrants for Vans RV kit aircraft. Edited by Mary Bernard.

Around the Patch

Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook discusses the magazines new approach to the Alternative Engines Buyer's Guide and the blowback from his commentary about these engines in the May issue.

The Dawn Patrol

Threatening weather at the annual Gathering of Eagles event in Gardner, Kansas, failed to subdue the antics of The Dawn Patrol, for better or worse.

Three Years Before the Masts

There’s something about piloting a twin-engine, open-cockpit AirCam that gets under your skin, and it may become habit-forming. By Ed Wischmeyer.

In Case You Missed it

Setting Up Shop

Before you decide you cant build a plane because you don't have enough shop space, think again. After all, as author Bob Fritz points out, projects have been built in apartments. This article wont go quite that far, but it does detail some pitfalls to avoid and makes suggestions about maximizing the ease and efficiency of working in a limited-space environment.

2014 Engine Buyer’s Guide

Conventional engines—purpose-built for flight.

Kit Stuff

Modifying Tools

Building an airplane in the mountains has its downside. The nearest tool store is...