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Sorta' Old School

It turns out that next week I am going to do some flying with an old friend in his old Twin Comanche. No, it's not an experimental, but is is still a bit challenging in its own way. We're going to do some IFR currency stuff (everyone can use an IPC now and again), and …


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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.

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.

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NavWorx Ceases Operations

NavWorx - an ADS-B In and Out supplier that has provided units to many homebuilders and has marketed to the certified world - announced on their web site that they have ceased operations due to problems with the performance of their GPS data source. The FAA notified NavWorx of the non-compliant GPS module earlier this …

Advanced Aero Components Acquires Glasair II and III Assets

Glasair Aviation USA, LLC. and Advanced Aero Components "AAC" announced the sale of product line assets for the Glasair II and III models. According to Ian Baker, AAC CEO, the company plans to rejuvenate the product line - new kits will be available in an infused carbon fiber version creating a much lighter, stronger airframe …

Random Reno Notes

As we await the Unlimited Gold final--which might as well be a private duel between Strega and Voodoo--there is a minute to scratch out some random observations from the pits at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada. Unlimited air racing is a world unto itself, but when visiting Voodoo, the P-51-based Unlimited that …

Sport Class Mid-Air

Sunday, September 17, 2017 Reno, NV--The great news is no one was hurt, but there was a rare coming-together during the Sport Medallion final this morning at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada. The incident occurred during the start, when the racers were descending line abreast "down the chute" toward the start pylon. …

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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

MGL Avionics 2-1/4" Vega Series

MGL Avionics released its Vega Series of 2 -1/4" Singles for Experimental and Light-Sport Aircraft. The Vega range consists of twelve 2- 1/4" color display aviation instruments. Using a high-resolution backlit color graphics display, these instruments provide excellent daylight readability, even in direct sunlight. Each instrument includes a rotary control plus 2 independent keys for …

Save on a SubSonex Through October 31

Sonex Aircraft just announced the return of their Huge Fall Promotion in conjunction with EAA Barnstorming Dealsonce again in 2017. This year, SubSonex customers can get into the action. Save $2,000: on a SubSonex Personal Jet Quick Build Kit New: SubSonex Tail Kits** Now Available! Save 5% (**SubSonex is not offered in other Sub-Kit Packages. Tail Kit builders may only progress on their build …

Zenith Open Hangar Days

You're invited! Join Zenith Aircraft Company at the Open Hangar Days and Fly-In at the kit factory in Mexico, Missouri on September 22 & 23!  All aviation enthusiasts are invited to drive or fly-in for the activities. Starting on Friday morning there are two full days of activities planned. Come for the free educational seminars on building and flying your own airplane, and learn about new …


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ADS-B Manufacturer NavWorx Ceases Operation
Just weeks after releasing a replacement product for its AD-stricken ADS600-B system, Texas-based NavWorx announced on its webpage today it is...

ERAU Investigates Language As Safety Issue
The impact of misunderstandings between pilots and air traffic controllers due to language differences has been underestimated as a contributing...

Branson: Virgin Spaceflights Expected Soon
Virgin Galactic is about three months away from launching into space, founder Richard Branson said at a business forum in Finland recently. He...

MH370 Search May Not Be Over
The government of Malaysia is considering a proposal from seabed exploration firm Ocean Infinity, a U.S. company, to resume the search for Malaysia...

Pilots Suspended After Dramatic Flyby
Two pilots for Air Berlin, approaching their last landing into Dusseldorf, Germany, before the carrier’s insolvency, instead flew along the...

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Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
I completed Sonex #1072 on August 18, 2014 and made the first flight on August 22, 2014 from Charlie Brown/Fulton County Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. The airplane now has over 150 hours on it and has made several trips from Atlanta to South Florida, the Carolinas, and to Tower, Minnesota which is just south of …
My CubCrafters EX N-96FV was finished July 30, 2016 - last weekend of AirVenture. My 87-year old Dad was the first passenger after my 40-hour fly off. He flew chase in his Cherokee for the maiden flight. It's painted in D-Day colors for my C-130 unit's 70th anniversary. 96th Airlift Squadron Flying Vikings were the …
It started with a visit with the Rutan guru Robert Harris of what was the EZ Hangar in Covington TN, now EZ Jets. I wanted to build a Long Eze but Robert suggested using current information and technology instead of 1977 when the plans came out. From then on, this airplane was not a Long …

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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