Engine Mounts

Many factors go into designing and building good engine mounts, including consideration of the engines thrust line and gyroscopic precession effects. They deserve our respect.

Aero ‘lectrics

This month, author Jim Weir lays the groundwork for a solar battery charger, complete with preliminary circuit board considerations drawn from a rats nest and details about how to order a pre-fabricated board.

Aero ‘lectrics

What do you do if you need to monitor a number of audio signals, but you don't have room for an audio switching panel? Jim Weir finds the answer in a summing amplifier.

Aero ‘lectrics

Call me a taxi (light).

Plane and Simple

Watch those sharp edges.

The Home Machinist (Part 8)

In his continuing series, author Bob Fritz discusses the ins and outs of threads including how to avoid seizing, types of threads, sizing, drilling holes, using a tap-drill chart, and matching fastener dimensions.

Carving Fiberglass the Easy Way

Shaping fiberglass parts might be messy, but it doesn't need to be hard. When I need to cut back an edge, I find that...

The New Guy

Ten universal tips for Experimental aviation. By David Boeshaar.

Riveting Aileron Skins

I was assembling the ailerons for my RV-7A and reached a point where I needed to rivet the leading and trailing edge skins to...

Aero ‘lectrics

Next winter, keep your aviation supplies from freezing with this DIY temperature sensor.

In Case You Missed it

On a Wing and a Whim

Flying a scratch-built Sonex is good for the soul.

Design Process: Planform Effects on Structure and Weight

Last month we took a look at how the planform of the wing affects...

A Ground Loop Story

Sometimes stuff happens.

Spare the Wait and Carry On

What began, for one homebuilder, as a cross-country odyssey to AirVenture turned into an...