Build Your Skill: Composites, Part 5

In this series installment, author Bob Fritz takes you through the basics of building a carbon fiber tank, including measuring, layout, patterns, cutting, epoxy-flox application, sanding, sawing, epoxying and finish work.

Light Stuff

The Sky Arrow 600: a different kind of LSA; by Dave Martin.

Kitfox Super Sport

With 4000 kits sold, a million hours flown and a loyal customer base, you just knew that the Kitfox would somehow find itself back in production. It's been out after the previous company, SkyStar Aircraft, went bankrupt in 2005, leaving builders in the lurch.

Metal Working 11-part Series

Now the exceedingly popular and extraordinarily useful 11-part Build YourSkills: Metal Series is available as a single PDF. This must-have additionto your library was written by RV-7 builder Dan Checkoway and carefullyillustrated for first-time metal-workers and old hands alike. Mosteverything you need to now, from material handling and cutting to deburring,drilling and riveting is in this series.
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Two Weeks to Taxi

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Build Your Skills: Metal, Part 2

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Build Your Skills: Metal, Part 1

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Light Stuff

Roy Beisswenger discusses a rational path for owners of sport aircraft to become commercially rated.

Ask the DAR

This month, a new column introduces Designated Airworthiness Representative Mel Asberry, who describes his background in homebuilding and details some of what hes looking for as a DAR. Questions welcome.

Priming Tubes

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