Diodes, the Universal Component?

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Diodes started off life fairly simply. Take an AC signal and convert it to a DC signal. Simple, huh?

Case Hardening

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Having a machine shop means never having to say, “I can’t make that.” That occurred to me one afternoon when I was making a sprocket....

Building the Affordaplane, Part 2

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From a construction standpoint this ultralight design is quite unusual in some ways and very traditional in others.

Rounding a Hole

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Cut large holes in thin material freehand.

Diodes, Backward and Forward

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Let’s talk about what makes a diode—what the physical makeup of a diode really looks like on the inside.

Accessory Stacking To Mill an Arc

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Securely holding small parts for machining is always a challenge. The solution may be to use a work-holding gadget such as a pin vise...

Failed Ignition System

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When it comes to aircraft ignition systems, I’ve always favored having one magneto and one electronic ignition system (EIS). Many dual electronic ignitions require...

What About an Ultralight?

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Ever consider what it might be like building an ultralight?

Scratch Build a Kit?

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I want to present a strategy and method to get a few more prospective airplane builders off the fence and into the workshop. This...

Driver Upgrade for Avionics Trays

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Installing small screws into the tight confines of a deep avionics tray is a challenge that can be both annoying and frustrating.

In Case You Missed it

Light Stuff

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Dave Martin samples one of the three PiperSport LSA models introduced at the Sebring Expo, and finds it to his liking.

Light Aircraft Fuel System Design

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Part 3-one type doesn't fit all.

Letters

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Torque Plates UpdateAfter being flabbergasted by the high price of Lycoming torque plates...

Rear Cockpit

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Not me!