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It's That Time Again

If I read my calendar correctly we are just four weeks away from joining all of our aviation friends in the skies over Ripon, headed to Fiske. That means it's time for us aviation journalists to trot out our well-oiled please for practice, tolerance, and good decision-making (not to mention READING THE NOTAM!) in order …


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Maintenance Matters

Maintenance Matters

In this new column, Steve Ells shares his background as an A&P mechanic and offers tips on keeping your homebuilt aircraft running smoothly.

Onex

Onex

The Onex is an economical single-seat sportplane that feels like a baby fighter. By LeRoy Cook.

Higher, Faster, Stronger

Higher, Faster, Stronger

Glasair’s decision to turbocharge its Sportsman model opened up the door to additional design considerations and refinements. But getting to the desired performance has proved challenging. By Marc Cook.

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Aspen Announces VFR Version Of Evolution E5

Designed for primarily for VFR aircraft, the Aspen Evolution E5 Electronic Flight Instrument has received STC approval for installations without an onboard GPS. That is, it's meant to be installed with a conventional set of nav/comm radios. The E5 is approved for IFR flight when it's connected to a TSO'd GPS. According to the company, …

Horten HX-2 Flying Wing To Make U.S. Debut At Oshkosh

You can't leave all the unusual aircraft to Burt Rutan. So there's the Horten HX-2 flying wing, which is slated to make its US debut at Oshkosh this summer. Powered by a Rotax 912 of 100 HP, the HX-2 is described as a "highly modern economical two-seat tailless light aircraft without a fuselage." Which is …

Tom Aberle 1943 - 2019

Noted biplane racing champion Tom Aberle passed away from cancer on June 15, 2019. He was 75 years old. Tom's aviation career started early via his parents, Harry and Yvonne Aberle. Harry was a celestial navigator on trans-Atlantic airliners back in the round motor days; later he and Yvonne operated a flight school in Compton, …

Fire Damages Belite Factory

A devastating fire broke out at the manufacturing facility for Belite Aircraft late last week. The company produces the Chipper experimental and the UltraCub ultralight, as well as the Radiant instrument line. According to company founder James Wiebe, "It appears that the fire started at our CNC router dust collection system. Intense smoke filled the building, …

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Understanding Lithium Batteries

Kathy and Reg Nicoson of EarthX, Inc. explain what you need to know. By Jared Yates.

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.

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.

Plane and Simple

Filling without spilling. By Jon Croke.

Calculating Weight and Balance

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

Shopping for a Second-Hand Project

Bargains are out there, but do your homework before writing a big check. By Omar Filipovic.

Getting Started on the GlaStar Project

Starting on the wings and ordering more parts. By Dave Prizio.

Homebuilt or Store-Bought?

Raising the bar for RV-10 interiors to an entirely different level. By Bruce Eicher.

Industry news

CubCrafters Opens New Completion Center

CubCrafters is building out its house. Because a good portion of the 100 aircraft the Yakima, Washington-based manufacturer plans to build in 2019 are experimental versions as part of its Factory eXperimental builder-assistance program, it needed an extra 11,000 square feet of floor space, which it now has. The company says that its "growth has …

Garmin adds latest FIS-B weather products to the GTN 650/750 series

Garmin announced several new enhancements and the addition of new features within the GTN 650/750 series touchscreen navigators. With the latest software update and a compatible ADS-B In receiver, pilots can now view new FIS-B weather products on the GTN. Also, when the GTN 650/750 is paired with a G3X Touch flight display in experimental/amateur-built …

Carbon Cub EX-3 NKET Approved

The Federal Aviation Administration's National Kit Evaluation Team has reviewed and approved the Carbon Cub EX-3 and that the aircraft has been added to the list of Amateur-Built Aircraft Kits that satisfy the majority build requirement (commonly referred to as the 51% rule) on the FAA website. The EX-3 joins the original Carbon Cub EX …


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AVweb.com

Apologies: AVweb Suffers Hack Attack
An apparent "denial of service" attack took AVweb down for several hours this afternoon. The system is back up and running, and new security...

Ethiopian MAX Crash: Trim Jackscrew Set Nose Down
Investigators probing the wreck of Ethiopian Airlines Fight 302 have reportedly recovered the airplane’s trim jackscrew and found it set to a...

EASA Publishes Easy Access Rules For Flight Crew Licensing
With a 1735-page PDF document, EASA has published its complete set of "Easy Access Rules for Flight Crews" in accordance with regulation (EU) No...

Swiss Civil Aviation Authority Stops Commercial JU-52 Flights
The Swiss Civil Aviation Authority (BAZL) has revoked operator JU-Air's authorization to conduct commercial flights with its historic Junkers JU-52...

Short Final: Flight Following
I was flying with a student in SoCal. Before taxi, she got an appropriate VFR clearance as required per ATIS...

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