No Charge – No Kidding!

Crimps are important, and as much as we hate it, you need special tools to do them right.

Ready for Main Engine Start!

That’s a phrase I haven’t heard since my space shuttle days, but it ran through my head yesterday as my wife got ready to...

How to Save 24 Pounds – and Look Great Doing It!

Our loyal RV-8, the Valkyrie, is rapidly approaching the 2000 hour mark on the Hobbs, and all of that time, she has been flying...

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...

Fun With Part Numbers

As I'm getting ready to re-assemble my wife’s O-360-A1A, I have spent a lot of time looking up part numbers. Not, as it turns...

Watch this SPOT

A funny thing happened on the way to the coast. I’ve been flying with the Garmin GNX 375 GPS/transponder for a few months now....
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A Crowd of One

Kitplanes contributing editor Kerry Fores, a lifelong resident of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, self-populated AirVenture's famous Brown Arch in March while self-isolating. This video is a...

Hate It When I Do That!

First things first - this is in no way Aircraft Spruce’s fault! Nope, this is totally on me - they sent exactly what I...

The Value of Heeding Directions

As builders, we are generally good at doing the research: reading directions, poring over plans and diagrams and generally trying to figure stuff out...

Out with the Old

Yes,  know that I have written numerous times over the years about being careful about “while I’m in there…” syndrome—starting out on a simple...

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Home Shop Machinist

Using tools to make tools. Bob Hadley.

Three Years Before the Masts

There’s something about piloting a twin-engine, open-cockpit AirCam that gets under your skin, and it may become habit-forming. By Ed Wischmeyer.

Flying Qualities and the Horizontal Tail

An airplane's horizontal tail is critical to stabilizing the airplane in pitch, trimming out pitching moments caused by the wing and providing control power for maneuverability.

The Fly As You Go Plan

Learned colleague Paul Dye recently wrote about the time-limited nature of aviation hardware. That...