Engine Beat

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Exhaust systems do more than just get air into and out of aircraft engines. Exhaust system design, in terms of exhaust pipe length, diameter and tuning, affect the efficiency and performance of the engine, for better or worse.

Aero ‘lectrics, Strobes – Part 3

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In Part 3 of this series about building an aircraft strobe, the author beefs up the project using off-the-shelf parts to provide a brighter, more frequent flash without running down the planes electrical system.

Metal Working 11-part Series

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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.

Good Vibrations, Bad Vibrations

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Mating a prop to an engine requires more than a big wrench and some safety wire. Follow along on a real propeller vibration test.

Build Your Skills: Metal, Part 2

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

Calculating Weight and Balance

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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

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

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As Editor-in-Chief Mary Bernard steps down from her post at KITPLANES, she thanks the team that helps create the magazine each month and welcomes her successor, Paul Dye.

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