Fatal accidents in experimental category aircraft, including amateur-built aircraft, continued their decline during the Federal Aviation Administration's 2018 fiscal year that ended September 30, falling to historic lows. Continue reading "Experimental Category Aircraft Accident Totals Drop Again"
Zenith Aircraft Company is bringing back its popular hands-on light aircraft building workshop to the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo (Sebring, Florida from January 23 - 26, 2019). Continue reading "Zenith workshops return to Sebring, Florida, 2019"
Our Van's RV-12 E-LSA was completed September 2018. I am a first-time builder, and it took three year build working week-ends only. Continue reading "Kincaid RV-12"
The job was to remove and replace a cotter pin (in order to remove and replace a clevis pin) in the nose-wheel well of the Subsonex. A simple task--all I needed was a pair of needle nosed pliers. Except that I'd done such a neat job of putting that pin in (on the workbench, before the assembly was installed), I needed a dental pick to pry the edge up. Then, of course, the needle nose wouldn't grip, so I needed a pair of dikes. That finally got it out - but of course, getting each new tool required climbing up from the floor and going to the tool box. Continue reading "It Starts With One Pair of Pliers"
American Autogyro International, Inc. (AAI) is restarting production of the SparrowHawk III Gyroplane Quick-Build kit. In addition, AAI will provide enhanced support for the more than 100 SparrowHawk kits sold thus far. Continue reading "American Autogyro Reintroducing the SparrowHawk III Gyroplane Kit"
One of the interesting things about the Subsonex kit is that it is easy to skip around from one task to another as you're building. If I get tired of attaching piano hinges for control surfaces for instance, I can jump over to installing the oxygen system. Exhausted by working down in a footwell to install a ruder pedal? Time to go work on the fuel system! Continue reading "Getting Fuelish"