Ten Tool Tips

I love tools. I really love tools. I give tools as wedding presents. The first gift I ever bought my wife was a set...

Wrong Rudder Cable Nut and Missing Cotter Key

Wherever a bolt is subject to rotation, it is required to have a castellated nut and cotter key. A typical mistake I see on...

Unairworthy

Missing operating limitations.

Aero ‘lectrics

Workbench.

Home Shop Machinist

Billet oil-drain elbow.
The Superior IO-360 engine stripped and ready for cylinder removal. Note that oil return lines are capped as are the intake tubes in the sump. Until the decision has been made to completely tear down the engine it is best to protect everything as you go.

Maintenance Matters: Engine Overhaul Part I

Evaluation and Removal.

The Creative Homebuilder

Make your own back rivet set.

Measuring Antennas

Freely admitted, my very early experience with antennas was confined to looking at a newspaper picture of Sputnik 1 (Prosteyshiy Sputnik-1) in October 1957...

Carburetor Maintenance

Neglect is the biggest enemy of your carburetor. Take care of it and it will take care of you.

Aero ‘lectrics

Columnist Jim Weir has completed his solar-powered battery charger, and it works! It may not be the fastest charger, but it is certainly up to the task of keeping a battery topped off, even in winter.

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The New Guy

Starting Your First Project. By David Boeshaar.

Antennas According to Jim (Ch. 1)

First, let’s talk about “polarization”; there are three polarizations. The first two are easy.

Aero ‘lectrics

There are many ways to check the accuracy of your airplanes tachometer. From the commonplace to the offbeat, Jim Weir explains their benefits and drawbacks.

Avionics Bootcamp: ADS-B For Canada and Beyond

If you’ve equipped your plane for the U.S. ADS-B mandate, there’s a good chance it won’t work in other countries, including Canada.