Where’s the Throttle?

Engine controls, and all other controls in the cockpit, should be labeled as to function and direction. It is standard practice to use black...

1990 and 2006 Redux

Way back in 1990, when I had brown hair and was a wee lad of 47, I did one of my first KITPLANES® articles...

Laps and Lapping

Lapping was an important step featured in two recent columns. Last month’s gauge block project and the September 2020 drain adapter both demonstrated basic...

Grease Is the Word

Consistently use the correct lubricant for your airplane’s various parts, and you will go a long way toward preventing problems.

Improper Deburring

It is really important to remove the burrs that are created when drilling through aluminum prior to riveting. Otherwise the rivets will not get...

Warm Up Your Engine This Winter

Count yourself fortunate if you live in a region where winter does not bring average nightly temperatures much below freezing! For the rest of...

Confessions of a Blockhead

Gauge blocks are the foundation for pretty much everything. At least everything that has to do with precision measuring and manufacturing. I use parallels,...

Nuts and Bolts

Aircraft quality nuts, bolts, washers and other hardware are the right things to use if they hold the things together that keep you in the air.

Theory vs. Practice

My mom once told me that when she and dad got married, she had three theories about raising kids. Then she had me and...

Can You Calibrate Your Hand?

Every aircraft kit is designed with a number of nut and bolt fasteners that must be properly installed to complete the project. You may...

In Case You Missed it

Down to Earth

Many homebuilders understand their kits as just a starting point for their own preferred modifications.

Error Chain

Nowhere to Go. Lessons learned from crashing an RV-10. By Jeremiah D. Jackson.

Best Practices – Plumbing

Aircraft plumbing-rigid lines.

Material Matters-Aluminum

Aluminum is usually marked by the manufacturer to indicate the alloy and temper....