Out with the Old

Yes,  know that I have written numerous times over the years about being careful about “while I’m in there…” syndrome—starting out on a simple...

The Nut Under the Cam Gear

Anyone that has disassembled and/or built a four-cylinder Lycoming is probably very familiar with a specific nut - the one hiding underneath the cam...

You’ve Done Your Duty

Nothing lasts forever.

A Great Day to Burn Jet A

About the only good thing that you can say about these times of angst and social distancing is that flying a single-seat airplane puts...

The Virtual Fly-In

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, and in these days of social isolation from COVID-19, aviators who still want to congregate for community support...

My New Toy: Rhino Label Maker

I’ve been accused of being interested in building and maintaining airplanes and motorcycles as cover for a bad case of tool want. From the...

Ride the Wave!

Oh, for a sailplane on a day like today! I took off on a short after-breakfast flight to do a little post-maintenance test hop....

Flying in the Age of COVID-19

My wife and I just returned from a week-long trip to Colorado’s ski country and experienced the current airline travel system first-hand. (No, we...

It Was a Simple Job…

I was just looking for one wire—one measly wire that I knew was excess, something I had installed years ago in order to test...

Dear FAA: Model Aircraft Are Not Drones

Sometimes when you set out to fix one problem you create one (sometimes many) more. That’s what I think is happening now as the...

In Case You Missed it

Roll Your Own Pitot Tube Cover

An easy solution when commercially available covers wont fit. By Axel Alvarez.

Wind Tunnel

Recently, there has been increasing interest in the efficiency of all vehicles, including airplanes. Designers are seeking to make airplanes that perform better and burn less fuel. Barnaby Wainfan takes a close look at the aerodynamics and mathematics behind this deceptively complex process.

Unairworthy

Inadequate rudder stop.

Electronic Ignitions

Electronic ignitions can offer benefits over the standard magnetos, including lower maintenance and better fuel economy.