Aero ‘lectrics

Jim Weir wraps up the Back Yard II wind tee project, illumination and all.

Vacuum Bagging for Homebuilders

Pleats, punctures and vacuum loss, oh my! Patrick Thomson addresses all of these potential problems and more in the last installment of his series on vacuum bagging at home.

Aero ‘lectrics

Jim Weir describes how he built the airframe structure of his new-and-improved wind tee.

AeroLectrics

Why we need regulated voltage in our aircraft and how zener diodes, resistors, transistors and semiconductors help us get there.

Cover Story: Carpet and Panels

Now that you've fabricated your seat upholstery, its time to tackle the rest of the interior with a look at carpeting and door panels.

Aero ‘lectrics

Its important to understand the fundamentals before you can be conversant in electrical theory, so lets revisit Georg Simon Ohm and James Watt to see how their laws factor in to aircraft applications.

Cover Story: Seat Cover Conventions

Now that the foam is cut and glued, we’ll learn how to make the pattern, choose and cut the fabric, and sew the cover.

Cover Story: Building a Custom Cushion

Learn how to measure, cut and assemble the foam pieces that constitute the seat cushion.

Aero ‘lectrics

Its time to revisit the DIY wind tee project-but with improvements fueled by experience.

Cover Story: Designing Men

In this first installment of the upholstery series, the author looks at the basics: sewing machines, scissors, needles and thread, and more.

In Case You Missed it

Design Process: Droops and VGs

In general, there are two ways to increase the maximum lift of a wing....

Design Process: Span and Aspect Ratio

At this point in the design process we have determined the wing area. The...

Rendesvouz with Destiny

Dick Starks and The Dawn Patrol attend the biennial Rendezvous on hallowed ground: the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Letters

Gear HeadIn the excellent Wittman W10 Tailwind article in the January 2011 issue, Marc...