An Aviating Day

It's been an odd winter for our area - lots of low cloud days and precipitation here in the Lake Tahoe region - and...

Yup… It Flies!

The little jet actually does just what it is supposed to do - and it looks good doing it! We've now made three flights in...

It's a Plane!

There's a new jet in town - N958PD, the Subsonex kit formerly known as "the project" received its airworthiness certificate today after a thorough...

Ready for Paint!

With the first engine start and initial taxi testing out of the way (see and hear it below), the little jet is cocooned in...

Graduation Day

OK, so you've driven the last rivet, and hung the last hinge. The airplane is ready for inspection, and all you have to do...

Making Chips for a Purpose!

It's nice to have a milling machine, and even nicer to have a specific task for which it is well suited! The flaps in the...

Dotting the I's, Crossing the T's…

I worked for the Federal Government for 34 years, and back in my college days, I spent two summers as a clerk in our...

How Many…How Much?

When you reach the end of a project (an airplane is never really finished, so we just say "the end of a project"), you...

Hey Ridley…

Nope, it's not just for pilots - sometimes, a mechanic or builder just needs to stick a nut on the end of a screwdriver...

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...

In Case You Missed it

Ask the DAR

Should A&Ps also get a repairman certificate, using multiple pilots for Phase 1 testing, putting E/AB wings on a certificated fuselage.

The Home Machinist

What do you do if you want to cut a longer-than-usual taper? Well, first you'll need to create a simple tool from some round stock that will provide target zones for your dial indicator, and then you may need to buy some more tools-what a shame! Home Machinist Bob Fritz takes you through the process. Hint: Choosing the right Morse Taper is critical.

Unlimited Oil Cooling

Building a carbon fiber cooling duct for Czech Mate, the Unlimited class pylon racer.

Speed Deburring

Why turn a hand crank when electrons work so cheap?