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Basic Construction

An Even Strain - With Paired Flying Wires It’s Critical

11/1/2001 12:00:00 AM By Ron Wanttaja (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, November 2001)

When a homebuilt aircraft loses a wing in flight, owners of that type of plane sit up and take notice. When the investigation determines that neither a material flaw nor workmanship errors caused the accident, it really catches your attention.

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Aircraft Hardware - What You Need to Know Part 2

4/1/1998 12:00:00 AM By Ron Alexander (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, April 1998)

Last month I began the process of removing confusion regarding aircraft hardware—what type hardware you should use and how to use it. This article will continue that discussion. As you may recall, the previous article presented aircraft bolts, nuts, washers, cotter pins, and safety wire.

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Aircraft Hardware - What You Need to Know Part 1

3/1/1998 12:00:00 AM By Ron Alexander

The quality of our workmanship in building an airplane is very important. We all take the needed time and spend the necessary money to ensure we have a high quality airplane. We want it to not only look attractive, but also to be safe. But what about the materials that hold the airplane together the aircraft hardware?

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Modifications... Good or Bad?

12/1/1995 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, December 1995)

All builders make them. Some are small and unimportant but others need to be carefully thought out before attempting to make the changes.

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Rust Protection

10/1/1995 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, October 1995)

Steel rusts. Aluminum corrodes. And yet, you’d be correct in referring to either conditions as "corrosion." Well, so much for the educational stuff… now, let’s look at the problem of protecting steel part from rust.

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What Your Drill Can Do For You!

2/1/1995 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, February 1995)

Your drill can do much more than just drill holes. This makes a good drill as essential to your project as any other tool or piece of equipment you have or may hope to acquire.

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Safety Wiring and Other Failsafe Precautions

9/1/1994 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, September 1994)

When completed, your aircraft will be subjected to many stresses in flight and on the ground; any of which can abnormally affect the integrity of the many assemblies making up your aircraft structure... and your safety.

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Drills and Drilling

4/1/1994 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, April 1994)

I guess drilling holes is no big deal. Just about anyone can do that . . . and drill them where they want them to be. Well, most of the time.

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Anchor Nuts... Why? Where? How?

3/1/1994 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, March 1994)

More than 15 years ago I wrote a chapter titled "Where and How to Install Nut Plates" for my book "The Sportplane Builder," (it’s the blue one). Since that time I have learned a few more things about installing anchor nuts.

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Building Sequence... Does it Matter?

11/1/1993 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, November 1993)

It is natural to assume there is a logical sequence for constructing an airplane. Indeed there is, but such an assumption is only partially correct.

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