Metal Working 11-part Series

Now the exceedingly popular and extraordinarily useful 11-part Build YourSkills: Metal Series is available as a single PDF. This must-have additionto your library was written by RV-7 builder Dan Checkoway and carefullyillustrated for first-time metal-workers and old hands alike. Mosteverything you need to now, from material handling and cutting to deburring,drilling and riveting is in this series.

Build Your Skills: Metal, Part 2

How to meld with metal and bash rivets without blood or tears; by Dan Checkoway.

Calculating Weight and Balance

Tackling weight-and-balance calculations is a task we have all faced with some trepidation, but it is so vital, so important, so fundamental to flight...

Build Your Skills: Metal, Part 1

An RV builder begins our journey through the gritty details of working with metal.

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Maintenance Matters

Damage to aircraft aluminum can be handled in one of two ways: repair or replace. Steve Ells explains what to consider when making this decision and asks three well-known kit manufacturers what they would recommend.

The $30,000 RV-9A

Two builders helped each other build RV-9As, each employing significantly different outlays of cash. The results are impressive in both cases, but for different reasons. They help us ponder the question as we build: “What is something worth?” By Marc Cook.

Ask the DAR

Is replacing one panel with another considered a major modification? And what is a “significant” change to weight and balance?

Ask the DAR

Can a former Part 103 aircraft be registered as an LSA? And how is an appropriate Phase I flight-test area determined?