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Passing the Baton

About six and a half years ago, I looked around my cleaned-up NASA office, wrote "So long, and thanks for all the fish, and walked out the door, wondering what my next adventure would be like. I was privileged to have lead human space flights for America for close to twenty years, and it was …


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Sling Shot

Sling Shot

From initial climb performance to Chuck-Yeager-like landings, the Sling 2 reveals its designer’s emphasis on handling. By Marc Cook.

Sam LS

Sam LS

Retro look for fun flying. By Kevin Horton.

Zenith 750 Cruzer

Zenith 750 Cruzer

Zenith 750 Cruzer: Civilizing the 750 for the asphalt crowd. By Paul Dye.

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Tom Aberle 1943 - 2019

Noted biplane racing champion Tom Aberle passed away from cancer on June 15, 2019. He was 75 years old. Tom's aviation career started early via his parents, Harry and Yvonne Aberle. Harry was a celestial navigator on trans-Atlantic airliners back in the round motor days; later he and Yvonne operated a flight school in Compton, …

Fire Damages Belite Factory

A devastating fire broke out at the manufacturing facility for Belite Aircraft late last week. The company produces the Chipper experimental and the UltraCub ultralight, as well as the Radiant instrument line. According to company founder James Wiebe, "It appears that the fire started at our CNC router dust collection system. Intense smoke filled the building, …

Zenith Aircraft's Spring "Fly In to Summer" 2019

Zenith Aircraft's spring "Fly In to Summer" Open House is Saturday, June 15, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, at the kit aircraft factory in Mexico, Missouri. Zenith Aircraft Company invites all aviation enthusiasts to its "Fly in to Summer" Open House at the kit aircraft factory in central Missouri. This will be a fun gathering …

EAA: Rutan To Be Celebrated At Oshkosh

Burt Rutan will be celebrated and heard at Oshkosh this year. And if that sounds nothing like news, consider he hasn't been an active participant since 2015. This year, though, Burt will take part in a Theater in the Woods event on Thursday and have three daytime forums during the show week. Of course, Rutan's …

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Understanding Lithium Batteries

Kathy and Reg Nicoson of EarthX, Inc. explain what you need to know. By Jared Yates.

Sling Goes Big

Four-seat homebuilt crosses the Atlantic to show its stuff. By Paul Dye.

It’s a Cub Thing

With a bigger engine and lighter airframe, CubCrafters’ Carbon Cub EX kit aircraft takes the Cub experience to a higher plane. By Marc Cook.

A Witch’s Brew

Liquid consumables for the shop. By Eric Stewart.

Aero 'lectrics

Repairing a malfunctioning headset may be not only inexpensive, but completely doable. By Jim Weir.

Plane and Simple

Filling without spilling. By Jon Croke.

Calculating Weight and Balance

This lazy man's guide removes some of the headaches. Sample weight & balance spreadsheets included.

Shopping for a Second-Hand Project

Bargains are out there, but do your homework before writing a big check. By Omar Filipovic.

Getting Started on the GlaStar Project

Starting on the wings and ordering more parts. By Dave Prizio.

Homebuilt or Store-Bought?

Raising the bar for RV-10 interiors to an entirely different level. By Bruce Eicher.

Industry news

Garmin adds latest FIS-B weather products to the GTN 650/750 series

Garmin announced several new enhancements and the addition of new features within the GTN 650/750 series touchscreen navigators. With the latest software update and a compatible ADS-B In receiver, pilots can now view new FIS-B weather products on the GTN. Also, when the GTN 650/750 is paired with a G3X Touch flight display in experimental/amateur-built …

Carbon Cub EX-3 NKET Approved

The Federal Aviation Administration's National Kit Evaluation Team has reviewed and approved the Carbon Cub EX-3 and that the aircraft has been added to the list of Amateur-Built Aircraft Kits that satisfy the majority build requirement (commonly referred to as the 51% rule) on the FAA website. The EX-3 joins the original Carbon Cub EX …

Superior Engines Daily Forums at AirVenture 2019

Scott Hayes, vice president, sales and marketing for Superior Air Parts, Inc., announced that the company is again hosting its series of 45-minute educational forums during Oshkosh AirVenture 2019. "We are very proud of the outstanding support that our forum series has received over the years," Hayes said. "We see many of the same people …


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AVweb.com

Apologies: AVweb Suffers Hack Attack
An apparent "denial of service" attack took AVweb down for several hours this afternoon. The system is back up and running, and new security...

Ethiopian MAX Crash: Trim Jackscrew Set Nose Down
Investigators probing the wreck of Ethiopian Airlines Fight 302 have reportedly recovered the airplane’s trim jackscrew and found it set to a...

EASA Publishes Easy Access Rules For Flight Crew Licensing
With a 1735-page PDF document, EASA has published its complete set of "Easy Access Rules for Flight Crews" in accordance with regulation (EU) No...

Swiss Civil Aviation Authority Stops Commercial JU-52 Flights
The Swiss Civil Aviation Authority (BAZL) has revoked operator JU-Air's authorization to conduct commercial flights with its historic Junkers JU-52...

Short Final: Flight Following
I was flying with a student in SoCal. Before taxi, she got an appropriate VFR clearance as required per ATIS...

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N958PD first flightSubSonex Serial #21 (N958PD) made its first flight out of the Dayton Valley Airpark in Nevada on the 24th of March, 2019. Winter kept trying to hang on in the Sierra Nevada mountains, but the weather smiled on us, I had a great crew that made themselves available on short notice, and we got "Loki" …
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Phillabaum-HelicycleFirst flight of my Helicycle helicopter was on January 31, 2019 after two years of part-time building. Previously, before I retired, I built an RV-8 and a Zenith 750. The Helicycle was my first post- retirement project. I discovered I had more building time when I was working. Now trips, lake time, skiing, etc. interfere …

lycoming-thunderbolt-o-360-redAt Sun 'n Fun 2018 we interviewed Jeff Schans, Lycoming's Sales manager and we asked about the popular Thunderbolt Engines. Watch the short Product Minute video as Jeff describes the benefits of the Thunderbolt product line and what it means for the aircraft homebuilder.
Dynon Avionics' latest-generation SkyView integrated avionics called the SkyView HDX has a newly designed bezel and user controls for easier use while flying in turbulence, plus brighter displays and a reworked touch interface. Larry Anglisano takes a product tour of the HDX with Dynon's Michael Schoefield in this video.
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