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Titan IO-340 Engine Unboxing

Ever wonder what it's like to get a factory-fresh engine delivered? Is there fanfare and a marching band? No. But it's still exciting. KITPLANES...

ABC: Always Be Curious

I’ve spent so much time at the nose of my GlaStar, what with the engine change and all, that I was starting to get...

I Spent How Much? Oh… OK…

I just placed an order with our favorite major aircraft parts vendor for some tires. Small, little tires. A couple of tailwheel pneumatic tires...

The Little Things Can Get Ya’…

When I was a teenager, I was a member of an Aviation Explorer Post that was sponsored by an FBO. We got to spend...

Clocks & Timers

Recently, a friend who owns both a certified airplane and a homebuilt asked my advice on what to do about the timer mounted in...

No Charge – No Kidding!

Crimps are important, and as much as we hate it, you need special tools to do them right.

Ready for Main Engine Start!

That’s a phrase I haven’t heard since my space shuttle days, but it ran through my head yesterday as my wife got ready to...

How to Save 24 Pounds – and Look Great Doing It!

Our loyal RV-8, the Valkyrie, is rapidly approaching the 2000 hour mark on the Hobbs, and all of that time, she has been flying...

Puttering in the Shop

The dog days of August means that its hot in the shop in the afternoon! Out here in the Nevada hinterlands, it doesn’t pay...

Fun With Part Numbers

As I'm getting ready to re-assemble my wife’s O-360-A1A, I have spent a lot of time looking up part numbers. Not, as it turns...

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Editor’s Log

Still learning…after all these years!

Aspen Avionics AT300

Aspen Avionics AT300 is designed to be a drop-in replacement for a vertical speed indicator, but you'll get a lot more usable information in the cockpit when you couple it to your GPS; by Rick Lindstrom.

Ask the DAR

Major restoration of a 34-year-old Experimental, fabricating an engine from raw materials.

Flying Qualities and the Horizontal Tail

An airplane's horizontal tail is critical to stabilizing the airplane in pitch, trimming out pitching moments caused by the wing and providing control power for maneuverability.