Improper routing.


On aircraft with folding wings, such as those from Kitfox and RANS, one needs to be careful to mount all wires and tubes on the forward side of the aft spar bolt. If not, when the wings are folded, any wires or tubes on the aft side of the bolt will be crushed, as evidenced here.

—Vic Syracuse

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Vic Syracuse
Vic is a fixed-wing and helicopter commercial pilot, CFII with ASMEL/ASES ratings, an A&P/IA, DAR, and EAA technical advisor and flight counselor. Passionately involved in aviation for over 40 years, he has built 11 aircraft and logged over 10,000 hours in 72 different kinds of aircraft. Vic volunteers as a Young Eagle pilot, has his own sport aviation business called Base Leg Aviation, and has written two books on aircraft prebuy and condition inspections.


  1. Mr. Vic,
    I just want you to know that you are the reason why I subscribe to kit planes. Every article you submit has an important message. For a first time builder such as myself, the input, advice and, and tips you provide are invaluable for rookies like me. I cut out each one of your Un-Air Worthy pictures and pin them up on my shop wall.

    I just wish you would write a book on proper set up of home built aircraft.

    It seems all the magazines that are out there that claim to focus on home building aircraft focus more on pushing products rather than actually providing proper methods and procedures for building safe aircraft the right way!

    You are highly valued and much appreciated my friend! Thank you for your contribution to home builders!

    Sincerest and Respectfully,

    Clyde Oyler


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