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2015 Homebuilt Aircraft Directory

A brief overview of kit and plansbuilt fixed-wing aircraft and rotorcraft. Compiled by Richard VanderMeulen and Omar Filipovic.

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Flight Review: Practical Glass

Flight Review: Practical Glass

Marc Cook admires Dave Ammenti’s exceptional GlaStar and details why these designs have held their value in the used market over the years.

Lockwood Super Drifter

Lockwood Super Drifter

Throttling back to enjoy the Florida scenery, Marc Cook is reminded of the reasons he first fell in love with flying as he pilots the new Lockwood Super Drifter.

Building on a Budget

Building on a Budget

Building his VW-powered Zenith CH 701 taught Wayne Clagg a lot about the consequences of powerplant choices… and much more. By Scott M. Spangler.

Dynon Heated AOA/Pitot Probe Technical Service Bulletin and Replacement Program

Dynon Avionics Logo3Dynon recently identified an issue with their Heated AOA/Pitot Probe. Over the past months, they have been engineering and testing a redesigned version of the probe with a successful final test program at one of the few icing wind tunnels in the country. The redesigned Heated/AOA Pitot Probe is now in production. Dynon is now […]

Two Pilots for Phase 1 Approved!

faaAfter nearly two years of work, the FAA has issued a new Advisory Circular (AC 90-116) that authorizes two people to be in the cockpit of an Experimental – Amateur Built aircraft during Phase 1 Testing. Up until now, the Operating Limitations issued with an E-AB Airworthiness Certificate specified that only “Required crew” were allowed […]

New Upright Cleco Pliers

clecall 2The Clecall Company has developed a new type of Cleco pliers and it claims to improve efficiency and ergonomics for a tool that’s used by almost all homebuilders. The traditional pliers are made from steel. The company says they are heavy, lack ergonomics to fit the user’s hands and wrists, and have a large horizontal […]

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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.

Flight Review: Mustang II

When Don Caskey recognized that a passel of his neighbors had built and were flying Mustang IIs, he got the bug and constructed a custom-made version of his own. By Ed Wischmeyer.

SeaRey LSX Amphibian

Progressive Aerodyne has a new version of its kitbuilt amphibian, the SeaRey LSX, and the updates to the design live up to high expectations. By Ed Wischmeyer.

Free Flight: The soul of the machine.

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.

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Skydiving Altitude Record Shattered
Following a nearly three-year secret development program, computer scientist Alan Eustace today shattered the world skydiving record with a jump...

FAA Takes Two Years to Rule on Bell Appeal
In January 2012, Bell Canada applied to the FAA for an exemption from the FARs that would allow it to increase the gross weight of its Model 429 by...

New Technology Will Produce Safer Maps
Pilots may presume that we now have access to accurate terrain maps nationwide, but in some remote areas, maps may be based on incomplete data or...

Cessna Returns To Setting Speed Records
After mostly remaining aloof from the record-setting side of aviation for over 70 years, Cessna appears to have returned to the fray--using the...

Piaggio Updates Expansion Plans
Piaggio Aero, the Italian company that builds the unique Avanti P180 twin turboprop, said this week at the NBAA convention in Orlando they will now...

'Flying Man' UFO Baffles Officials
UFO reports by airliner crews are nothing new but a British A320 crew raised eyebrows after saying they had a close encounter with a flying man who...

Three Die In Midair At Frederick Airport (Updated)
hree people were reportedly killed Thursday afternoon at the Frederick, Maryland, airport when an airplane and a helicopter collided close to the...

Culminating Race Of Red Bull Season This Weekend
The eighth and final race of this year's Red Bull Air Race series will be held Sunday at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.

UAS At NBAA: U.S. Is Falling Behind
It's the same old story. FAA regulatory foot-dragging hobbles development and competition. While the rest of the world, especially Israel and...

Pentagon and Lockheed Cut Deal for More F-35s
In an exclusive, Reuters is reporting that Lockheed Martin and the Defense Department have inked a $4 billion deal for an eighth series delivery of...

Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
subsonex-jet-snipAt AirVenture 2014, our team took a video tour of Sonex Aircraft's new JSX microjet. The company's John Monnett gave us an inside look at the jet's construction and performance.
groppo-trail-snipAt AirVenture 2014, Kitplanes got a look at the Groppo Trail, a new kit and E-LSA.
Rotax 912 iS SportIn April 2014, Kitplanes announced the new 914 iS, specifically tailored for the U.S. market. At the company's Wels, Austria headquarters, Kitplanes took a brief flight demo in an aircraft equipped with the new engine.
Garmin G3XGarmin's G3X glass cockpit for LSA and experimental aircraft has a touchscreen feature set and supports on-screen display and command for the Garmin VIRB action cam, plus it controls the GMC305 flight control/autopilot system.
dynon-toush-snipDynon Avionics brought its latest touchscreen system, the Skyview Touch. Dynon's Michael Schofield showed the system to Kitplanes magazine at Sun 'n Fun 2014.
rans-s20-snip-190x100At the Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, KITPLANES got a good look and a demo flight in RANS' new S-20 Raven, an evolution of the popular Coyote kit/LSA series.
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