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Three Miles in Smoke and Haze

The top of that mountain is just about three miles from the front of my hangar--and this iPhone picture is making the visibility look better than it appears to the naked eye. Such is how we'll start out our Oshkosh trip if the smoke persists until morning.


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Glasair Aviation Retires the Glasair Model

GlasairAviation is alive and well selling Sportsman kits and continuing with their popular two-weeks-to-taxi program, however the eponymous Glasair airplane is now officially retired. The last kit is sold, the molds are shot, so the end has come. The plane that invented "fast glass" is no more. They will continue to grace the skies for …

Why Does This Baron Have an Experimental Sticker on It?

Frequent KITPLANES contributor Dave Forster of Friendswood, Texas, is a multiple Homebuilder-offender with an F-1 Rocket and a Searey currently in his hangar. But, he wanted a strong IFR platform to use as an Angel Flight plane, so he bought a certified Bonanza Baron B58 within his budget. He soon learned that the old, steam-gauge-equipped …

Community Gatherings

Hundreds of sub-groups within the aviation community take advantage of Oshkosh to meet face-to-face. It's fun to move from an internet avatar to meeting a living, breathing person. This morning, I've joined the Sonex Builders Foundation official annual members' meeting to satisfy the State of Illinois requirements for a 501.c.3 organization--which was followed by a …

Donuts and Your Homebuilt Aircraft Council

Today was donut day for Homebuilders--and they were good donuts. The entire EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council formed a reception line, greeting each hungry builder (and family) before they got to the Homebuilt Headquarters patio to grab a donut. Our man in the EAA, Charlie Becker, dropped by to chat with members. A very nice way …

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Sling Goes Big

Four-seat homebuilt crosses the Atlantic to show its stuff. By Paul Dye.

It’s a Cub Thing

With a bigger engine and lighter airframe, CubCrafters’ Carbon Cub EX kit aircraft takes the Cub experience to a higher plane. By Marc Cook.

Free Flight

Paul Dye argues that there is more between man and machine than just the hardware.

Kitfox with a Rotec

The Rotec-radial-powered Kitfox Super Sport taps into our nostalgia for radial engines but with a modern touch. By Marc Cook.

SkyView to the Rescue

When Stan Peternel’s Blue Mountain EFIS proved unreliable, he decided to bite the bullet and invest in a Dynon SkyView system. Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook discusses the numerous challenges of the retrofit.

Product Review: J.P. Instruments EDM-740

JPI is offering a new compact, capable engine monitor that is built and priced for the homebuilt market. By Marc Cook.

Product Review: PS Engineering PMA5000EX

At its heart, the PMA5000EX is a four-place stereo intercom in an audio panel that supports two each of coms, navs, switching aux inputs, music inputs plus having five unswitched aux inputs and a front-panel input for a music source or cell. By Marc Cook.

Flight Review: Horse Perennial

LeRoy Cook flies Larry Kinder’s award-winning Mustang II, a fast and fun homage to the legendary P-51 Mustang.

Flight Review: Mission Ready

Bush plane? Heck, yeah! Bill Repucci flies Just Aircraft’s strong, tough and fun Highlander.

Zenith STOL CH 750

Changing with the times, Zenith Aircraft has introduced an improved version of a design that debuted some 20 years ago. With a larger payload, more robust landing gear and greater visibility among other features, the CH 750 is tailored for today’s sport pilot; by LeRoy Cook.

A Witch’s Brew

Liquid consumables for the shop. By Eric Stewart.

Aero 'lectrics

Repairing a malfunctioning headset may be not only inexpensive, but completely doable. By Jim Weir.

Calculating Weight and Balance

This lazy man's guide removes some of the headaches. Sample weight & balance spreadsheets included.

Industry news

Belite Introduces Safety Enhancing Fuel / Water Discriminator

Belite RADIANT Technology released a new product that enhances safety by alerting the pilot to fuel exhaustion or water contamination. The new RADIANT Fuel / Water Discriminator will instantly tell the pilot or vehicle operator if the fuel line is empty or if liquid water is detected in the fuel line. This innovative product is …

Belite Chipper Faster with Increased Useful Load

The performance numbers for Chipper, the experimental two place airplane kit from Belite Aircraft, have been updated, providing large gains in airspeed, climb rate, and range over previously released figures. Chipper is also benefiting from a gross weight increase. "We worked hard to make aerodynamic improvements in Chipper, and they have paid off with a …

Zenith's New STOL CH 750 "Super Duty"

The STOL CH 750 Super Duty is the latest model in the Zenith high-wing line developed by aeronautical engineer Chris Heintz. The STOL CH 750 "Super Duty" (SD) is an expansion on the popular two-seat STOL CH 750 light-sport aircraft, but offers increased load (and corresponding increased gross weight), the addition of a "jump seat" …

Beringer's New Products to be Introduced at AirVenture

Beringer Aero will host a press conference at AirVenture with footage of the Alaskan LG Drop tests on Tuesday, 25th at 9:30 at the Media Center and an Aero Breakfast on Wednesday, July 26th from 8:30 to 10:30 at booth #437 to introduce new products: 6" HL wheel/brake for >4500 lb single and twin engine …

Dynon Certified Introduced

Dynon announces Dynon Certified: the first truly affordable, fully integrated retrofit avionics systems for type certificated GA aircraft.  Dynon announces their Dynon Certified line of products at AirVenture Oshkosh 2017. For years, pilots of certified aircraft have been forced to choose between maintaining their outdated, legacy instrumentation or upgrading their panel with expensive, piecemeal avionics …


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Continental Says Diesels Are Making Inroads
With a full line of aerodiesel engines in its product portfolio, Continental Motors says it’s seeing more uptake of Jet A-burning engines in the...

Four Killed In Freeway Bonanza Crash
All four people on board were killed Wednesday afternoon when a Beech A36 Bonanza crashed on a busy highway in Utah. Nobody on the ground was hurt,...

Wednesday Is Women’s Day At Oshkosh
EAA does a lot all year round to encourage women and girls to participate in the world of aviation, but at AirVenture those efforts ramp up....

Flight Design Under New Ownership
Flight Design, which has been in receivership in Germany since February 2016, is now under new ownership, the company announced on Wednesday. Lift...

NBAA Convention Set For October In Las Vegas
NBAA will hold its annual business aviation convention and exhibition in Las Vegas, Oct. 10-12, the group announced this week. The event will...

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Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
I had been researching gyroplane technology for the past 20 years and knew that the modern gyroplane was an amazing aircraft. After scoring a ride in a MTO Sport in July of 2015, I knew I had to have one. I was fortunate that a dealer and flight training in Searcy, Arkansas was only an …
Velocity 173 Fixed Gear Elite N653TS has taken just shy of 20 years to morph from several boxes of fiberglass parts to the plane you see here. Back in June 1997 I had just retired from the Army as a career helicopter pilot and wanted something to keep me active in aviation besides the typical …
N696VA is an RV12 built as an EAB. The plane took four and a half years and I logged 1900 hours in the build log. I've only flown it a couple of hours now but I just love this little plane. It's quick and nimble and performs very well. I painted the plane prior to …

Dynon Avionics' latest-generation SkyView integrated avionics called the SkyView HDX has a newly designed bezel and user controls for easier use while flying in turbulence, plus brighter displays and a reworked touch interface. Larry Anglisano takes a product tour of the HDX with Dynon's Michael Schoefield in this video.
At Sun 'n Fun 2016, Dynon continued to push into the world of non-certified avionics with its SkyView SE, a less expensive version of its popular SkyView EFIS system. Paul Bertorelli prepared this video report.
The G5 is a self-contained electronic flight instrument, which can be interfaced with Garmin's G3X/Touch avionics and autopilot for backup and flight instrument redundancy. The GMA245 and remote GMA245R Bluetooth audio panels have advanced entertainment input functions and onscreen programming.
At Sun 'n Fun 2016, Just Aircraft is showing off its new Titan-powered SuperSTOL XL. Harrison Smith took Paul Bertorelli for a half-day demo flight in the new airplane, and here's his video report.
Kit manufacturer Zenith Aircraft Company has released a new 360-degree VR short video to showcase its kit aircraft and to promote the rewarding hobby of kit aircraft building and flying light-sport aircraft.
Whether you are upgrading the audio system in an older LSA or experimental or building a new project, PS Engineering and Garmin have non-certified audio panels equipped with advanced features better suited for smaller cabins.
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