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Turbine-Powered RV-10

New light turboprop engines are coming to Experimental & Amateur-Built aviation. By Amy Laboda.

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Sling Shot

Sling Shot

From initial climb performance to Chuck-Yeager-like landings, the Sling 2 reveals its designer’s emphasis on handling. By Marc Cook.

Steen Skybolt

Steen Skybolt

The Steen Skybolt is a fabric-covered, wood-ribbed biplane that is built for aerobatics—and doesn’t disappoint. By Ed Wischmeyer.

Ready to Build?

Ready to Build?

You can begin your aircraft project right now—before even deciding on a kit. Here are 10 ways to get ready to build. By Reiff Lorenz.

Editor’s Report from SnF – Day 4 – Tuesday, April 24

Carbon Cub EX2Any day that starts in a Cub is a good day! This morning we had the chance to do a sunrise flight in the new Carbon Cub EX2, back to back with the original Carbon Cub EX. The changes are in the wing – or more accurately, in the flaps and ailerons. With airfoil-shaped ailerons […]

Editor’s Report from SnF – Day 3 – Tuesday, April 23

Just Aircraft SuperSTOL Stretch XLDay 3 of the annual Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in dawned with ominous dark clouds on the western horizon. Kitplanes got in a couple of quick flights in the new Just Aircraft SuperSTOL XL – a stretched SuperSTOL with a 180 HP UL Power engine – before raindrops hit the field and slowed things down for […]

Avilution – The New Way to EFIS

Mark Spencer and the  Avilution displays  Every once in a while you happen onto something actually NEW at SNF, not just improved. So it was today when I met Mark Spencer of Avilution at the Zenair display. Mark and his buddy, Tad, were standing next to a recently- completed CH750 STOL which happened to be theirs. But what really caught […]

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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

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.

Homebuilt Industry News

Free Garmin Mode S Transponder Software Upgrades at Sun-N-Fun 2015

Garmin GTX 330Garmin will provide free software upgrades for Garmin Mode S transponders used in Experimental aircraft at Sun-N-Fun. Just bring your GTX23ES, GTX330, or GTX330ES transponder to the Garmin booth at the northeast corner of the North Hangar building (Hangar D) and they will install V7.04 software into your transponder while you wait. It only takes […]

AvMap Announces EngiBOX EMS for Rotax Engines

AvMap EngiBOX EMSAvMap, an Italian manufacturer of avionics, has introduced EngiBOX, an engine monitor designed specifically for Rotax aircraft engines. Fitting in a standard 3 1/8-inch panel hole, and weighing only 8.8 ounces, EngiBOX displays: exhaust gas temperature, revolutions per minute, manifold pressure, oil pressure, oil/air temperature, and cylinder head temperature/coolant temperature. All engine parameters are updated […]

E-MAG Ignitions Taking Orders for Six-cylinder P-Mag

E-MAG 200 SeriesE-MAG Ignitions of Azle, Texas, the makers of the P-Mag electronic ignition, announced that they are close to releasing their long awaited six cylinder E-MAG ignition (starting in June). This date is close enough that, for the first time, they are ready to start accepting customer deposits of $200 per ignition. Despite numerous offers over […]

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GA News

WingX Pro7 For Android Announced
WingX Pro7, the popular EFB app for iPads and iPhones, will be available for Android in the coming weeks, Hilton Software LLC announced at the Sun...

NTSB Opens Accident Docket For 2013 Alaska Crash
The National Transportation Safety Board opened the accident docket Friday for the Nov. 29, 2013 crash of a Cessna 208B near St. Mary's, Alaska. Of...

Redbird Students Complete "One Week Ready To Solo"
All three students taking part in Redbird Flight Simulations' One Week Ready To Solo campaign at Sun 'n Fun are slated to fly their supervised solo...

CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium Set For May 1
This year's CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium is set for May 1 and 2 in Santa Rosa, California. The event will feature talks by experts from...

X-47B Completes First UAS Aerial Refueling
The X-47B unmanned aircraft successfully demonstrated the first-ever fully autonomous aerial re-fueling on Wednesday, Northrop Grumman has...

Best of... Monthly Photo Contest Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
garmin-virb-rv12Van's Aircraft has a new VIRB action camera interface in the RV12 that works with the newly introduced Garmin G3X Touch avionics suite. Larry Anglisano took the system flying at the 2015 U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, for a closer look.
rotax-factory-tour-snipWith the 912 iS and new iS Sport engine, Rotax is making gains with new products. Reporting for KITPLANES, Paul Bertorelli visited the factory last summer and produced this video explaining how the engines are built.
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.
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