Brake Turn

My local airport, Corona Municipal in Southern California, sits in the Prodo Dam basin and is known to flood on occasion. Last February, heavy...

Do-It-Yourself Push-To-Talk Switch

Talking on the communication radio in your homebuilt aircraft requires a simple push-to-talk (PTT) switch—an electrical push-button switch of the momentary-contact type. This switch...

We Shall Be Led Into the Light

In 1850, British physicist Joseph Swan began experimenting with paper coated with carbon in a glass tube that was partially evacuated from air. His paper glowed rather dimly, and the poor vacuum pumps of the day let enough oxygen into the glass tube to set the paper on fire when the electrified carbon got hot […]
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Tires, Brakes & Wheel Bearings

Maintenance matters.
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Aircraft Plumbing: Flexible Lines

Best practices
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Fuel Leak and Cracked Flare

A major fuel leak was discovered on this airplane not long after the first flight. The majority of the fuel in the tank leaked...

RV Quick Stick

I live in a pretty cool neighborhood, which happens to include a couple of locals who are building airplane projects in their garages. In the April 2016 issue of KITPLANES®, I introduced Phil Hooper. The subject of that column was a custom drill guide for Phil’s Velocity RG. This month’s subject is a quick-release system […]
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Tall Transmission Tales

(Antennas, Chapter 3)
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Low-Cost Spark Plug Ohm Tester

This handy tester is rugged enough to be stored in your tool tray with your other spark plug tools without fear of damage. It can be built for less than $10 in less than 30 minutes. Here’s what you’ll need: Harbor Freight 7-Function Multimeter (often free with any purchase at Harbor Freight). If you don’t […]
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Temperature Sensor Restoration

Home Shop Machinist
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In Case You Missed it

Rear Cockpit

Getting there.

Free Flight

Expecting your avionics software to be free of bugs is unrealistic, but there is a way to avoid being bitten.

Firewall Forward: Rotax service Training

Factory-approved courses are worth the effort.

Wind Tunnel

Thrust-line adjustment is a powerful tool for tailoring flying qualities, but it’s complicated.