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...

Do Your Future Self a Favor

Anything you can do during the build, to make your project easier to maintain and upgrade in the future will be worth the few ounces added and hours they’d take now.

Socked In On a CAVU Day

Lake Tahoe can be a funny place. Surrounded by gorgeous countryside, it salutes the forested western slope of the Sierra on its California side,...

Back In the (jet) Saddle Again!

Loki got back in the air again today, the first time in just over two months. Back in the first week of November, an...

Land Where?!

A long time ago, in a city far, far away (OK, it’s St. Paul, Minnesota...), there was an Aviation Explorer Post that had rebuilt...

It’s the Little Things

Since the first day I flew my GlaStar, the starter has caught, swung the prop to the next compression stroke, where it almost stopped,...

Clean and Simple

There’s an old engineer’s quote that says “Perfection in design comes not when there is nothing left to add, but rather, when there is...

In the Details

I often talk about how complicated failures can be traced back to some tiny, seemingly insignificant detail - and here’s a recent example from...

In Case You Missed it

RANS S-19

When new aircraft from two very different designers, in this case Randy Schlitter and Richard VanGrunsven, surface with considerable similarities, consensus about basic design tenets must be blowing in the wind. Certainly Light Sport regs do constrain performance considerations, but human factors are more up for grabs, and thats where one or another design can truly shine; by Marc Cook.

The Home Machinist

This months feature offers a three-in-one discussion that includes how to use the steady rest to work with any material that extends beyond the chuck, a review of Googles SketchUp program that will allow you to get designing on your home computer quickly, and notes on how to make an indispensable tool for the home machinist; by Bob Fritz.

Home Shop Machinist

Home shop wheel-ee.

Light Stuff

The Australian developers of the Jabiru engine wanted to build a sport airplane. But when their original engine choice went off the market, they developed its replacement, too. By Dave Martin.