Kit Airplane Construction / Edition 3

Kit Airplane Construction / Edition 3

by Ron Wanttaja
     
 

ISBN-10: 0071459731

ISBN-13: 9780071459730

Pub. Date: 08/23/2005

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071459730
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
08/23/2005
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxi
1Beginnings1
Definitions3
History6
2Fundamentals15
Answering common questions16
Why build?18
Drawbacks20
The kitbuilding process25
Case study: The family Long-EZ41
3Alternatives46
Production aircraft46
Used homebuilts50
Partially completed homebuilts52
Light sport aircraft58
Ultralights62
4Selection68
Determining your mission68
Performance and features71
Case study: Finding the right match79
Cost of construction82
Construction time89
The plans93
The manufacturer95
The aircraft101
The big decision107
5Decisions110
Can you afford to own an airplane?110
Engine selection119
Certified aircraft engines119
Uncertified engines131
Propeller selection147
Instruments151
Avionics155
6Preparations160
Shipping160
Case study: From factory to garage167
Workshop requirements169
Workshop arrangements177
Tools183
Other shop items197
Ready to build202
7Basics203
The nuts and bolts204
Basic metal construction214
Aircraft cable and accessories230
Build to last246
8Composite construction252
Additional tools256
Materials, fasteners, and safety258
Composite kit parts263
Layup preparations266
Layup operations275
Finishing fiberglass287
Case study: Tackling a big one291
Quality control296
9Metal-monocoque construction298
Additional tools299
Materials, fasteners, and safety302
Metalworking304
Riveting312
Priming326
Case study: An RV for retirement332
Quality control335
10Steel-and aluminum-tube construction338
Additional tools341
Materials, fasteners, and safety343
Welded structures344
Aluminum-tube structures351
Case study: Avid Magnum371
Quality control374
11Wood-and-fabric construction376
Additional tools378
Materials, fasteners, and safety380
Cutting385
Final shaping389
Bending390
Gluing392
Protection397
Case study: Falco398
Fabric covering402
Covering procedure408
Quality control416
12Completion418
Painting418
Rigging and center of gravity427
The legalities431
Aircraft preparations433
Engine start437
Ground testing and FAA inspection439
Pilot preparations444
The day448
Case study: A first-flight report450
Afterword: Get 'em flying453
Glossary455
Index461

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