Chattering Timers

Back in November 1999, I sadly consigned my old battery eating “buzz box,” a WW-II 1940s-era mechanical doorbell-ringer magneto timer, to that big buzz...

Start Building Your Aircraft With a Subkit

Deciding to build an aircraft does not have to be one big, final decision.

Hang Up!

I have been flying my RV-9 for 14 years and a thousand hours. You would think that by now I’d have this figured out,...

Broken Battery Hold-Down Bracket

This battery hold-down bracket was discovered in an RV-10 during a condition inspection. It is a very serious safety issue that probably needs no...
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Metal Magic: All About Clecoes

The Cleco clamp is the metalworker's best friend.

Installing and Maintaining Your Pitot-Static System

The pitot-static system is usually one of those items appearing on your to-do list when you are at the point of being 90% done...

Oil in Line

Look very closely and you will see liquid in the tubing. This is the manifold pressure line to the electronic ignition system. The fluid in...

I Need Help—Where Do I Look?

Building an aircraft kit is a complicated undertaking and few builders succeed entirely by themselves. A builder’s primary guidance is to follow the plans...

Fuel Cap Dipstick (and Always Chock Your Wheels)

Before I delve into this month’s project, here’s the backstory on where it came from: I started my flight training with 10 hours in...

The Wind-up, the Pitch…

…and now let’s hit this PC board problem out of the park. Let’s make a useful part with the full PCB program. Here’s the situation:...

In Case You Missed it

Propeller Buyer’s Guide

There's a perfect prop for every plane.

Mike and Laura Starkey’s RANS S-21: Part 7

Let’s take a moment to catch you up on our RANS S-21 build: So...

Kerosene Dreams

Designer John Monnett has been waiting more than three decades for his SubSonex very short-winged glider to take off, and now it just might.

Building as a Group

The Independence Five is an Oregon-based group building a bevy of DH.2s. Dean Sigler explores their approach to building and reports on how the project is progressing.