Aero ‘lectrics

Winging it with LEDs.

Tips From the New Guy

Dealing with builders fear. By David Boeshaar.

Plane and Simple

Silicone tape-its for a lot more than just emergencies.

Plane and Simple

Making paint stick to aluminum.

Maintenance Matters

Hartzell propeller overhaul.

The Creative Homebuilder

Buckin' where the sun don't shine.

Three to Get Ready

"…Now go cat, go…But don't you…Step on my Blue Suede Shoes." Elvis was singing this in 1957, and yes, I convinced my mom that...

Aero ‘lectrics

Staying current.

Aero ‘lectrics

Columnist Jim Weir offers his annual awards for the best products or services seen at Oshkosh/AirVenture 2007.

DIY Firewall Boots

Need to seal your firewall, reduce carbon monoxide and allow components to move freely? Chuck Dieterich shows you how to make firewall boots.

In Case You Missed it

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

CNC mold blank fabrication, part 2.

Around the Patch

Those who plan to build an aircraft from a kit would do well to visit the factory and get to know not only the owners but also the operation. So counsels Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook, whose recent visit to the RANS factory left him favorably impressed. RANS manufacturing is diversified to weather the ups and downs of the market, and the company knows what works and sticks to it.

Build Your Skills: Fabric

This month, fabric expert Ron Alexander discusses attaching the fabric to the aircraft parts using either a pre-sewn envelope or individually cut pieces of fabric. The process is optimized for strength in flight as well as aesthetic appeal.

Still Aiming High

Dan Parker aims to capture the world altitude record by flying to 31,051 feet in an aircraft he designed and built, and which weighs less than 200 kilograms. We checked in on him to see how things are progressing.