Priming (with) the Pump!

There is a never ending debate, with good arguments on both sides, about priming the simple four-cylinder, carbureted Lycoming engine before starting. For as...

The Survey

I got one of those little postcards in the mail today - the ones you get from the FAA semi-occasionally that ask you to...

Light it Up!

How many times have you been working in the depths of your aircraft's fuselage, a flashlight in your mouth, and a work light burning...

The Gorge

How is it that an airplane oriented company like Van’s Aircraft can be based in a valley that always seems to be fogged or...

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...

Sun 'n Fun Wanderings

One of the best parts about working for KITPLANES is the opportunity I get to wander around a large show like Sun 'n Fun...

(Almost) Engine Hanging Time

We riveted on the firewall of our Dream Tundra project the other day - a major milestone because we think that means we have...

Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’…

Today's session at the Lycoming Service School included a little hands on time with maybe the most "radical new technology" to be included in...

Long Spar – Meet Big Squeezer!

One good reason to make lots of friends when you get in to homebuilding--sooner or later you're going to need a special tool, and...

Now THAT's a flow bench!

We paid a visit to Precision Airmotive in Arlington, WA today to check out their facility. Located on the southwest corner of the Arlington...

In Case You Missed it

Ask the DAR

Avionics certification, ops lims for self-designed aircraft, house paint on Experimentals.

Firewall Forward: Engine Instruments

How to sort through the maze of instrumentation choices.
Blue film removal

Easy Blue Plastic Film Removal

A near-zero-effort way to remove the protective blue plastic film from large sheets of aluminum.

Maintenance Matters

Differential compression test.