Commentary: Homebuilt Aircraft Safety Picture Blurred by Bad Data

When a Lancair IV-P lost power, began leaking oil over the windscreen and eventually landed on a Florida beach, the subsequent crash set off...

Is That Bolt Hollow?

Why yes…yes it is! One of the clever inventions we ran into at AirVenture this year was on display at the Click Bond booth. Click...

Learn to Wire Well

Way back in my career as a NASA engineer, I spent most of my time training. You see, I wasn't a design engineer -...

Wiring for Maintenance

I have owned a number of airplanes in my life, and before I started having machines I built myself, they were usually old and...

Efficient Glass Work

Here's a short little tip for making your composite work a little more efficient. How many times have you started a work session by mixing...

Day 1 with Charlie Echo

I’m sure there were good used homebuilts closer to me than N531CE, but this 2002 GlaStar is, in many respects, the right airplane for...

Sebring

Last week was my first opportunity to visit the US Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, and I must say, I enjoyed it more than...

Dissolving Foam

With a winter storm howling outside and rattling the hangar doors, fooling around in the shop seemed far preferable than doing anything with one...

Ultimate Instrument Proficiency Check

I fly a lot of new experimental aircraft, which means I do a lot of flying with the latest technology when it comes to...

Spars – The Heart of the Wing

I haven't reported much recently on our Xenos Motor glider project, mostly because the past half year the push has been to get our...

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Unusual Attitude

The Dawn Patrol, led by Dick Starks, launches for Holden, Missouri, to witness the taxi test of an 80%-scale replica of a 1915 de Havilland DH-2. The unintended consequence of an innocent road trip leads Dick to consider becoming a repeat building offender.

Alternative Energies

Dean Sigler checks in on the Green Flight Challengers of 2011 who didn’t make it to the competition to see what they’re up to now.

Free Flight

The words "test pilot" conjure images of steely-eyed derring-do, but the reality is often a world away from all that.

Practical Electrical

Wire termination science—part III. By Robert L. Nuckolls, III.