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Aero ‘lectrics

Using LEDs for lighting an aircraft has much to commend it. Low draw, reasonable cost, long life, good visibility. This month, Jim Weir takes us through the beginning steps of building these lighting systems yourself, using off-the-shelf parts and a little ingenuity.

Design Process: Vertical Tail Functions–Yaw Stability and Damping

The vertical tail performs multiple tasks to stabilize and control the airplane. This month...

Is LiFePO4 in Your Future?

As technology improves and gets cheaper, the answer is probably yes. Gordon Alling.

Build Your Skills: Composites (Part 8)

Last months installment in the Composites series detailed how to do vacuum-bagging of parts at home. This month author Bob Fritz discusses how to inexpensively build one critical component in that process: the vacuum pump.