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Cockpit and Cabin Interior

Markings, Placards, Numbers: Don't forget these items

6/1/2000 12:00:00 AM By Ron Alexander(originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, June 2000)

When you’re immersed in building and assembling the parts of your airplane, it’s easy to forget certain important items that you must complete before the FAA comes to inspect your work.

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The Importance of the Shoulder Harness

3/1/1998 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Experimenter, March 1998)

At an altitude of 200 feet, soon after take-off, the engine lost power. The biplane was observed gliding in a shallow left turn until it disappeared from view behind a knoll.

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Ventilation Options for Your Homebuilt

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

The ultimate in aircraft ventilation has to be the open cockpit biplane. Its cockpit ventilation system is always ON and operating at maximum intensity.

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Carving Foam Seats

8/1/1990 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, August 1990)

WHAT are you going to do about the seats? Have them made? Make them yourself? Maybe find a couple of salvage seats from an old Cessna, or maybe an American Yankee, and have them refurbished?

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Homebuilt Aircraft Interiors, Part 4 - Carpet, Paneling, Upholstering

4/1/1985 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, April 1985)

A GOOD PLACE to start your cockpit interior treatment work would be at the firewall. All openings in the firewall, openings for engine controls, wiring and any other gaps through which flames could penetrate must be sealed to prevent the spread of an engine compartment fire into the cockpit.

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Homebuilt Aircraft Interiors, Part 3 - Seat Construction Details

3/1/1985 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, March 1985)

TAKE A PEEK inside the hundreds of airplanes on the Oshkosh flight lines and you will see cockpit interior treatments that seem to be as diverse as the expanses of the solar system.

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Homebuilt Aircraft Interiors, Part 2 - Cockpit Conveniences and Refinements

2/1/1985 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, February 1985)

STRIPPED-DOWN austere interior, of course, enables you to have a lighter, more agile airplane. It does not, however, assure you of having the most comfortable or the safest airplane.

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Homebuilt Aircraft Interiors, Part 1 - Basic Cockpit Accommodations

1/1/1985 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, January 1985)

WITH ALL THE new homebuilt, ultralight and lightplane (ARV) designs crowding into the homebuilt scene I sometimes wonder if there aren't more aircraft designers than there are builders

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