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Vic Syracuse

Vic Syracuse
Vic is a fixed-wing and helicopter commercial pilot, CFII with ASMEL/ASES ratings, an A&P/IA, DAR, and EAA technical advisor and flight counselor. Passionately involved in aviation for over 40 years, he has built 11 aircraft and logged over 10,000 hours in 72 different kinds of aircraft. Vic volunteers as a Young Eagle pilot, has his own sport aviation business called Base Leg Aviation, and has written two books on aircraft prebuy and condition inspections.

Building the ‘Beater – Part 5

Bad weather, great progress.

Out-of-Date Hoses

As the fleet ages, many owners and builders forget to check the date codes on rubber hoses, especially in the engine compartment. Rubber hoses,...

Angle of Attack vs. Airspeed

Angle of attack indicators have been used by the military and airlines for years and have made their way into general aviation as well,...

Building the ‘Beater – Part 4

It’s hard to believe that several months have gone by again and it’s time for an update. I’ve told Carol many times over the...

Unreadable Data Plate

Data plates are required to show the manufacturer, model and serial number, and they must be legible. It’s highly unlikely that one like this...

Wrong Fire Extinguisher

A Class BC fire extinguisher has no place in the cockpit of an aircraft. If activated, the powder residue will cause so much corrosion...

Building the ‘Beater – Part 3

It’s beginning to look like a helicopter.

First Flight Experiences

I’ve done quite a few first flights for new builders. I lost count when the number went over 40. Most of them have been...

Unattached Vertical Fin

Here is a photo of a vertical stabilizer attach point on an RV-9A that is completely missing the four lower attach bolts shown in...

Building the ‘Beater – Part 2

Installing the control system.

In Case You Missed it

EAA’s One Week Wonder

From a Zenith standard kit to the flight line in a week—and you can help.

Free Flight

Expecting your avionics software to be free of bugs is unrealistic, but there is a way to avoid being bitten.

Design Process: Engine Size

The engine of an airplane must produce enough power to meet the requirements of...

Supercharged F-1 Rocket

While builder Wolfgang Meyn loved the F-1 Rocket quickbuild kit, things got a little more complicated (and exciting) when he decided to add an Aero Supercharger Solutions supercharger teamed up with a modified Airflow Performance fuel-injection system; by Ed Wischmeyer.