Fast, Flat and Simple

Nearly every kit aircraft will require a large, flat worktable for some part of its construction. Large and flat are the important qualities that...

Stage Right

Of all the milling machine jobs I do, 99.99% involve clamping work in the mill vise. Occasionally, a project comes up where the part...

HOG Prime Mover

Time to stop messing around. Time to fish or cut bait. Time to…oh, you know all the rest of that stuff. Me? I’m getting...

Missing Safety Wire

The jam nut on this flap motor is required to be safety wired to prevent the nut from coming loose. There is a lot...

Metal Magic: Installing Nutplates

Every screw needs a place to go, and for many metal airplanes, that's into a nutplate. KITPLANES editor at large Paul Dye shows you...

Metal Magic: Blind Rivet Techniques

Paul Dye discusses blind or pull rivets—and why they're not just like hardware-store "pop" rivets.

Leads for Avionics

To troubleshoot your system and wring out some wires, you will need to find a good way to make contact between the multimeter test leads and connector contacts.

The Case of Electrical Dropouts

Electrical gremlins can be tough to track down. This month’s case involved a non-builder owner of a fairly new RV-8, and it took us...

DIY Adjustable Rib Centerline Marking Tool

As a new builder I came quickly to the step of needing to mark rib centerlines to align the ribs with the predrilled holes in the skin.

Improperly Installed Intake Gaskets

We noticed the intake gaskets were leaking on cylinders 3 and 4 on the Lycoming IO-320 in an RV-9A. There was a logbook entry...

In Case You Missed it

ForeFlight vs. Garmin Pilot

Excited About EFBs

Recently, I came across photos of my work in the 1990s, when I was...

Building the Bearhawk LSA

It’s finally finished!

Aero ‘lectrics

Jim Weir provides a DIY alternative to the store-bought transponder antenna.

Maintenance Matters

Exhaust system maintenance.