Cracked Alternator Bracket

Look closely and you will see that the bracket is cracked on the left side of the slot.

Shining a Light on History

Back in 2008, George W. Bush was president and 100LL was $2.50 a gallon. Production of 80/87 had stopped the previous year, and this...
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Firewall Forward: Baffling

In the final installment of KITPLANES Firewall Forward, editor at large Paul Dye takes a close look at engine cooling for air-cooled aircraft. Learn...
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What You Should Know About Hoses

KITPLANES editor at large Paul Dye takes you through a brief tour of the common firewall-forward hoses and discusses what to look for when...

Panel for the Idiot Light, Part 2

Given the compact nature of the Radiant Bingo 3 LED assembly, I figured mounting it would be a matter of finding some vacant real...

Power, Scotty, I Gotta Have More Power

“I canna give ye more, Cap’n. The dilithium crystals are already overloaded.” —Star Trek This month’s article is more of a simple tutorial instead of a...

SCAT Tubing Cut

Be careful when routing SCAT tubing close to metal structures like engine mounts. The hard spring wire can actually cut through the 4130 engine mount...

Always Learning

While I see lots of recurring maintenance problems every day, tough ones that require some additional thinking for the Diagnosis column don’t always happen...
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Firewall Forward: Fuel Injection

Last time we talked about carburetors, so this episode of KITPLANES Firewall Forward looks at traditional aircraft fuel injection. Editor at large Paul Dye...

On the Level

A few months back in this very column, I suggested that pilots should keep a “retired” smart phone in their aircraft as an all-in-one...

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Van's RV-6

Buying Used: Van’s RV-6

What to look for when shopping for the world’s most popular Experimental.

Homebuilt Aircraft Safety 1998-2008

Far be it from Ron Wanttajas experience to be complacent when it comes to aircraft accident statistics. In this article, he updates two previous articles on the subject of homebuilt aircraft safety and digs deep to find meaning and context for the numbers.

Another Drill Guide

The cordless hand drill is a marvel of engineering. Lightweight and powerful, it can...

Those Wright Brothers are at it Again

The original homebuilt.