Commentary: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Epic? UPDATED

The winding road traveled by Epic Aircraft rounded what could be the last bend today. On Wednesday, April 7, the bankruptcy judge received a proposal that would, in essence, put a consortium of Epic LT builders in the driver's seat.

Flight Test Note… Check the Screws

It is easy to get wrapped up in the flying aspect of flight testing when taking an airplane through phase 1. We preflight, then...

Dream Job?

How many homebuilders haven't dreamed about working in the kit industry for a living... living the life, flying and building airplanes - and getting paid for it? Yeah... pretty sweet. The truth is - it IS pretty neat to be part of the industry, and yes - you do have to work hard to make a go of it. And while it might be hard to find a way in, occasionally, opportunities do present themselves.

Ninety Knots to Oshkosh

Practice, practice, practice - it's what we all tell folks to do before they head to the Fiske Arrival and the great Airventure experience! Flying in to the "the show" is a bucket list item for most pilots, and it requires you to be sharp - but is flying at 90 knots enough?

Hunkered Down and Studying

Yes, I've been wrenching on airplanes for nigh on 45 years now, so you'd think I'd know all of this stuff - but as anyone who has ever taken an FAA knowledge exam (of any kind) knows that what you learn and use in the real world has no bearing on what you will find on the test.

(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...

Me and the Val

It is so easy to take things for granted when you have had them for a long time. I've been flying my RV-8, which...

Always Learning!

For the first time in many years, I find myself studying for some FAA written exams - sure, I've done license upgrades and type...

Simple Days

Whenever I get a chance to wander through the EAA Museum in Oshkosh, as I did last week, I like to stop and pay tribute to the older, early planes that represent the roots of homebuilding. Sure, there are all sorts of neat high performance and record setting airplanes - but these simple planes that harken back to an earlier era are what got this whole "experimental aviation" thing going for us.

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...