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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.

Checkpoints

So, what's the Homebuilt Council?

Free Flight

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

Free Flight

Expecting your avionics software to be free of bugs is unrealistic, but there is a way to avoid being bitten.

Rear Cockpit

Oil: why it gets hot.

Rag Wing Roots

These days, I seem to be associated mostly with metal airplanes, RVs in particular. Just take a look at that byline down there—I have...

Down To Earth

Homebuilt aircraft played a key role in bringing aid to the Bahamas after Hurricane Irene. Amy Laboda explains how you can join in future relief efforts.

Engine Beat

How are your cylinders doing? A differential compression test can uncover any problems-almost before they start. Steve Ells explores what the results mean, and what to do about them.

Maintenance Matters

In this new column, Steve Ells shares his background as an A&P mechanic and offers tips on keeping your homebuilt aircraft running smoothly.

In Case You Missed it

Familiar Face

A lighter, more powerful engine gives the Lightning better performance.

Prop Gyro

A rotating propeller acts as a gyroscope.

Aero ‘lectrics

Repairing a malfunctioning headset may be not only inexpensive, but completely doable.

Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.