What About an Ultralight?

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Ever consider what it might be like building an ultralight?

Diodes, Backward and Forward

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Let’s talk about what makes a diode—what the physical makeup of a diode really looks like on the inside.

Failed Ignition System

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When it comes to aircraft ignition systems, I’ve always favored having one magneto and one electronic ignition system (EIS). Many dual electronic ignitions require...

Accessory Stacking To Mill an Arc

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Securely holding small parts for machining is always a challenge. The solution may be to use a work-holding gadget such as a pin vise...

Rounding a Hole

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Cut large holes in thin material freehand.

Building the Affordaplane, Part 2

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From a construction standpoint this ultralight design is quite unusual in some ways and very traditional in others.

High CHTs

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An RV-10 owner recently brought his airplane to the shop due to high CHTs. He also mentioned that the problems started after the panel...

Case Hardening

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Having a machine shop means never having to say, “I can’t make that.” That occurred to me one afternoon when I was making a sprocket....

Drilling Holes for Fasteners

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Plunge into drilling accurate holes for fasteners in mating parts.

Diodes, the Universal Component?

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Diodes started off life fairly simply. Take an AC signal and convert it to a DC signal. Simple, huh?

In Case You Missed it

Easy Slider: Part 1

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Building a one-piece fiberglass canopy skirt and windshield fairing isn’t as tough as it seems.

Alternative Energies

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Three new aircraft, Synergy, Pipistrel Panthera and Volta Volare, are pushing the innovation envelope with their propulsion systems, performance and fuel economy. By Dean Sigler.

Home Shop Machinist

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A fine finish.

Wind Tunnel

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While two-control airplanes were designed to make a pilot’s life simpler, they come with significant compromises.