Build Your Skills: Composites (Part 8)

Last months installment in the Composites series detailed how to do vacuum-bagging of parts at home. This month author Bob Fritz discusses how to inexpensively build one critical component in that process: the vacuum pump.

Letters

On a Lighter Note...Hopefully you can help me out with a solution to my problem. I have an electronic sign that used to mount...

Completions

Builders share their successes.

Wind Tunnel

The perils of PIO;

Around the Patch

Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook highlights an intriguing product that caught his eye at AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, and he reiterates the difficulty of bringing new engines to market.

Barefoot Flying

A relative newcomer to the U.S. kit aircraft clan, the Sport Air Corsario import from Rio de Janeiro borrows characteristics from other amphibians while displaying a personality and pleasurable flying qualities uniquely its own; by Dave Higdon.

What’s New

This months listing covers news from Avemco about aircraft insurance, a Europa update, a Sportys prop lock, and Sigma-Teks new electric attitude indicator; edited by Mary Bernard.

Product Review: Glass Panel

While new electronic flight instrument systems (EFISes) sometimes seem ubiquitous, PC Avionics new yourGlassPanel line stands out as an easily retrofittable blend of form and function that may fit the bill for homebuilders seeking a moderately priced primary or backup EFIS; by Marc Cook.

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.

Aircraft Handling: Making the Compromises Work

Doug Rozendaal brings his considerable experience to a discussion of flight handling characteristics and his favorite aircraft. Among the factors designers consider are stability, control response, feel, personal preferences, FAA requirements, stick force, center of gravity, center of pressure, and the flight envelope. Every design is a compromise.

In Case You Missed it

Contributors

Bob FritzIn recognition of Bobs major contributions to this magazine, he has been moved...

Ask the DAR

Converting an ultralight to ELSA, kit without a bill of sale, engine missing its data plate.

Maintenance Matters

Crank seal replacement.

Ask the DAR

What paperwork is necessary when a new owner makes an engine change? If floats are replaced with conventional gear, what does the change in gross weight mean for a plane’s LSA status?