Kit Airplane Construction / Edition 3

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Featuring new and classic kitplane designs, this proven bestseller is the most current and comprehensive resource available on choosing, building, and flying homebuilt planes. Covering tubing and fabric, wood, traditional sheet metal, and the latest composites, Kit Airplane Construction uses step-by-step instructions and detailed case studies of kitplane models to give amateur plane builders the knowledge needed to create and fly their own aircraft.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071459730
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/23/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 847,836
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald J. Wanttaja is an award-winning aviation writer and a systems engineer with Boeing, working in satellite orbit/constellation design and analysis, launch vehicle and onboard propulsion system trades, and operations concepts for space systems. He worked on the early design studies for the International Space Station. An Air Force veteran, he was an on-duty operator for the Defense Support Program missile early-warning satellite. As a freelance aviation journalist, he has written for Private Pilot, Flying, Sport Aviation, Flight Line, Kitplanes, and other publications. He is author of the book Airplane Ownership, also from McGraw-Hill. His aviation writing has won several prizes, including the EAA "Bax Seat Trophy" and a journalism award from the Aviation/Space Writer's Association. Mr. Wanttaja has also written and published historical fiction.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xi
1 Beginnings 1
Definitions 3
History 6
2 Fundamentals 15
Answering common questions 16
Why build? 18
Drawbacks 20
The kitbuilding process 25
Case study: The family Long-EZ 41
3 Alternatives 46
Production aircraft 46
Used homebuilts 50
Partially completed homebuilts 52
Light sport aircraft 58
Ultralights 62
4 Selection 68
Determining your mission 68
Performance and features 71
Case study: Finding the right match 79
Cost of construction 82
Construction time 89
The plans 93
The manufacturer 95
The aircraft 101
The big decision 107
5 Decisions 110
Can you afford to own an airplane? 110
Engine selection 119
Certified aircraft engines 119
Uncertified engines 131
Propeller selection 147
Instruments 151
Avionics 155
6 Preparations 160
Shipping 160
Case study: From factory to garage 167
Workshop requirements 169
Workshop arrangements 177
Tools 183
Other shop items 197
Ready to build 202
7 Basics 203
The nuts and bolts 204
Basic metal construction 214
Aircraft cable and accessories 230
Build to last 246
8 Composite construction 252
Additional tools 256
Materials, fasteners, and safety 258
Composite kit parts 263
Layup preparations 266
Layup operations 275
Finishing fiberglass 287
Case study: Tackling a big one 291
Quality control 296
9 Metal-monocoque construction 298
Additional tools 299
Materials, fasteners, and safety 302
Metalworking 304
Riveting 312
Priming 326
Case study: An RV for retirement 332
Quality control 335
10 Steel-and aluminum-tube construction 338
Additional tools 341
Materials, fasteners, and safety 343
Welded structures 344
Aluminum-tube structures 351
Case study: Avid Magnum 371
Quality control 374
11 Wood-and-fabric construction 376
Additional tools 378
Materials, fasteners, and safety 380
Cutting 385
Final shaping 389
Bending 390
Gluing 392
Protection 397
Case study: Falco 398
Fabric covering 402
Covering procedure 408
Quality control 416
12 Completion 418
Painting 418
Rigging and center of gravity 427
The legalities 431
Aircraft preparations 433
Engine start 437
Ground testing and FAA inspection 439
Pilot preparations 444
The day 448
Case study: A first-flight report 450
Afterword: Get 'em flying 453
Glossary 455
Index 461
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