Aero ‘lectrics

An increasing number of pilots are turning to iPad and Android apps for use in the cockpit. Jim Weir takes an in-depth look at one of the more popular ones: ForeFlight.

Aero ‘lectrics

Jim Weir gives step-by-step instructions for building an outdoor scanner antenna.

Aero ‘lectrics

Jim Weir explains how LED strip lighting works and explores the ways in which it can be used in your homebuilt or your shop.

Aero ‘lectrics

This month, Jim Weir describes how to create an LED strip with any three colors and offers a brief lesson on human optics too.

Aero ‘lectrics

Jim Weir responds to a reader request to find a way to make any cell phone turn on an electrical device.

Aero ‘lectrics

Jim Weir continues his explanation of how to make any cell phone power up a remote electrical device.

Aero ‘lectrics

Jim Weir concludes his explanation of how to make any cell phone power up a remote electrical device.

Aero ‘lectrics

You need never again be greeted by a dead battery because you left the master switch on. With a few dollars’ worth of parts, you can build a simple alarm system.

Aero ‘lectrics

Don’t waste $250: Here’s all you need to know to install an inexpensive kitchen clock as a timer on your plane’s instrument panel.

Aero ‘lectrics

When you land your airplane at a fly-in, you want it to look its best while staying safely and securely parked. Making your own coordinated tiedowns, chocks and more is one way to do that.

In Case You Missed it

Plane and Simple

A second life for Cleco pliers.

Design Process: Airfoils

Once the size and planform of the wing have been determined, it’s time to choose (or design) the airfoil.

Free Flight

Sometimes those little modifications can add up to big consequences.

Simulating Emergencies

Given the aviation accident statistics, its wise to stay sharp between flights, and one way to do that is to practice on a simulator. While that used to be cost prohibitive, todays simulators not only work well on your home computer, they offer homebuilt designs to fly; by Chuck Bodeen.