Toe Bar

Uneven tire wear is usually an indication of a problem with wheel alignment. Most of the time, the issue will be with toe, which...

Make That Aluminum Shine

If there was a way to make metal parts look even nicer than they looked coming out of your aircraft kit’s shipping box—and the...
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Metal Magic: A Quick Look at Edge Rolling

This short episode of Metal Magic provides some quick tips on the most effective ways to get sheetmetal to "lay down" properly. KITPLANES editor...

A HOG in Time Takes…Forever

As I told you a couple of months ago, “In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is a...

Loose Intake Pipe

Sometimes the intake pipes on Lycoming engines can come loose. This will cause an intake leak, usually indicated by a rough idle and higher...
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Metal Magic: Using Reamers For Accurate Holes

Sometimes a drill bit just won't do. When you want accurate, perfectly round holes in aluminum, you need to use a reamer. KITPLANES editor...

Drills and Bits

Everyone has a drill in his or her toolbox. Many have the popular DeWalt cordless drill/driver that Home Depot and Lowe’s sell by the...

How the Bead Goes On

Welded assemblies (also known as weldments) can be found on just about every airplane. Even my Jabiru, which is 99% fiberglass, has a tubular-steel...

ELT Enlightenment

I had another subject’s full column in hand for this issue, but when I get half a dozen questions in the space of a...
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Metal Magic: Cutting Round Instrument Holes

KITPLANES editor at large Paul Dye continues the Metal Magic series with a tutorial on how to cut round holes in aluminum, mainly for...

In Case You Missed it

Rutan Aircraft Flying Experience

Keeping Burt Rutan's classic canards alive.

Maintenance Matters

No one wants to experience a faulty mag drop (especially with a nervous passenger on board). Steve Ells offers some tips on how to reduce misfires and maximize ignition-system performance.

STOL Mods: How Short Can You Go?

Valdez pilots are true experimenters.

2014 Engine Buyer’s Guide

Conventional engines—purpose-built for flight.