Selecting a GPS for your project has never been easy, even in the early days of TSO C129(A1) GPS technology. This regulatory spec was for earlier-gen IFR GPS en route and non-precision approach-approved navigators that ushered in the age of instrument approaches by GPS. While we’ve never looked back (and while we weren’t looking the […]
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IFR GPS Buyer’s Guide: Avidyne and Garmin

Selecting a GPS for your project has never been easy, even in the early days of TSO C129(A1) GPS technology. This regulatory spec was for earlier-gen IFR GPS en route and non-precision approach-approved navigators that ushered in the age of instrument approaches by GPS. While we’ve never looked back (and while we weren’t looking the […]
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Ticket to Fly. IFR or No?

Like hundreds of fellow enthusiasts, the weather kept us out of Oshkosh 2019 on pre-show Saturday, and like dozens of refugees, we hunkered down in KDSM, Des Moines, Iowa, for the night. After the passage of several significant storms, we were glad the RV-10 was parked safely in a crowded but sturdy hangar. With an […]
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Chamfers and Tapers

The usual setup for my lathe is to have the compound slide set to 45 degrees and the tool post square to the spindle axis. While this setup is good for about 50 percent of the work I do—OD turning, facing, parting, grooving, boring, and 45-degree chamfering—it also means that for the other 50 percent, […]
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Garmin G5

Garmin figured out that not everyone was in the market for a full G3X EFIS suite. Some homebuilts out there still have six holes in a three-by-two arrangement in front of the pilot, and their owners aren’t always thrilled about tearing out the whole lot to gain redundancy, reliability, or capability. And that’s how we […]
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A Tale of Two Antennas

With the recent rush to ADS-B, there has been a significant interest in GPS installations and even more interest in the antenna for those GPS installations. The interest runs the gamut from the eBay $1.99 specials to the gold-plated TSO-STC-PMA antennas, some of which are in the popular aviation catalogs ticking the $1,000 mark. The […]
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Design Process: Landing Gear, Part 5

For the past few editions of Wind Tunnel, we’ve been exploring the factors that drive the configuration and placement of landing gear. Last month we took a look at the factors affecting the directional stability and lateral stability of the airplane when it is rolling on the ground. This month we switch axes to look […]
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December 2019

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Turbine Temptation: Building the Airframe

Rule number one for building the SubSonex: Build from the inside out. Rule number two: Never close anything until you have no choice but to do so—you might need to access something on the inside. The SubSonex is small; even experienced builders who come to visit the shop remark at just how diminutive it really […]
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We Shall Be Led Into the Light

In 1850, British physicist Joseph Swan began experimenting with paper coated with carbon in a glass tube that was partially evacuated from air. His paper glowed rather dimly, and the poor vacuum pumps of the day let enough oxygen into the glass tube to set the paper on fire when the electrified carbon got hot […]
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Design Process: Landing Gear, Part 4

Last month we looked at how the static stability of the airplane when it is sitting at rest on its landing gear affects the position of the landing gear legs. Once the airplane is in motion, there are additional considerations that come into play. We will now turn our attention to how dynamic effects dictate […]
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