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The Days Before

While AirVenture doesn't officially start until Monday, the three or four days before are really my favorite. It's the time of gathering, the time of preparation. Volunteers have been on site for weeks - some for more than that. I arrived Thursday evening to find the grounds prepared, signs up, rows of aircraft parking prepared... …


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Stuck in Yankton Again (Yea!)

Like farmers talking about the weather, pilots and crew have been enjoying great hospitality at Yankton, South DakotaIf you ever needed a weather magnet just throw a fly-in... as anyone headed to AirVenture today can tell you. With the rest of the country clear for flying, AirVenture has a nice big, lazy low pressure rain vacuum slowly circling the field. Meanwhile, eager would-be AirVenture attendees are piling up north, south, east and …

Rotax Info Sessions Schedule at AirVenture 2018

The Rotax Flying and Safety Club (RFSC) and BRP-Rotax are offering information sessions conducted by experienced RFSC instructors during the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 in Wisconsin, U.S.A., the world's largest annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts. The training sessions are addressed to those who would like to learn more about Rotax aircraft engines in general and …

BRS Founder to Speak on Electric VTOL Aircraft at CAFE Foundation Prior to Oshkosh

BRS Aerospace founder Boris Popov will be a main presenter at the 2018 Electric Aircraft Symposium to be held prior to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Popov's presentation, entitled Sustainable Aviation/VTOL Flight Emergency Parachute Utilization, is part of the two-day event sponsored by the CAFE (Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency) Foundation's conference to be held July …

Air Race 1 announces US and European Cups

Air Race 1 announced the launch of two new cup competitions in the sport known as formula one air racing. The US and European Cups will be contested by the world's fastest pilots, all racing at the same time at speeds of up to 450km per hour just 10 meters off the ground. This announcement …

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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.

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

Dynon Adds to its Portable Avionics Line

Dynon D3 Pocket PanelDynon introduced the D3, the latest edition of its popular Pocket Panel EFIS, and the DRX, a portable, dual-band ADS-B traffic and weather receiver. Robert Hamilton, Dynon President, says, "Many pilots ask if we are replacing the popular D2, and the answer is yes! Our third generation D3 Pocket Panel portable EFIS adds new features …

Beringer Presenting Shock-Wheel at AirVenture

Beringer Aero is promising to unveil a newly patented clever shock absorbing wheel for aircraft. This innovative technology will be presented July 25 at 8:30am at EAA AirVenture 2018. Designed for Piper PA-18 Super Cub, also available for Carbon Cub, SQ, Shock Cub... After 3 years of research and development, real world tests on different airplanes …

ForeFlight Apps & Taps Happy Hour

The annual ForeFlight Apps & Taps Happy Hour event during EAA AirVenture. Catch up with old friends and meet new ones at this casual industry get-together. When: Tuesday, July 24th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Where: ForeFlight Forum Pavilion #8  (located in the forums plaza; see map below) Eats: Beer, wine, and lots of …


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Researcher Seeks Input On Landing Techniques
Douglas Boyd, a researcher with the University of Texas, is looking into factors that affect landing safety for light aircraft, and has posted an...

Dynon Launches Two New Portables
Dynon is introducing the D3 Pocket Panel and DRX Portable Dual Band ADS-B Traffic and Weather Receiver at AirVenture this year. The company will be...

Boeing Announces New Future-Tech Division
Boeing announced the formation of a new division at the Farnborough International Airshow on Tuesday. The goal of the division, called Boeing NeXt,...

Garmin Announces New Weather Radar
Garmin introduced a new Doppler-based, solid-state aviation weather radar on Wednesday. According to the company, the GWX 75 is intended for use in...

Airlander Cabin Designed For Adventure
The team at Hybrid Air Vehicles, which is building the huge Airlander airship, has promoted a number of uses for their vehicle, from cargo delivery...

Untitled Document Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
Scholes RV-12In April of 2011 I ordered a kit from Van's Aircraft--the E-LSA RV12, and I have been building it since then. Last fall (2017) I finally got the paper work finalized and got my airworthiness certificate from the FAA. There were just a couple of Service Bulletins that I wanted to take care of before the first …
Leedom-Hlavac-KitFox-LiteN200HL started life as a KitFox Lite kit. The engine is a Rotax 503 with a 3.47:1 reduction. The motor mount, carbon full cowl and the gear legs with coil spring absorption are all original designs. Mounted to the 503 is a 70" Warp Drive 3-blade prop and spinner. Standard-grade aircraft tires with hydraulic disc …
Darrell Anderson VanAfter on-and-off construction started in November, 1991, N144DV took to the air on July 4, 2016. (Yes, that's 25 years into a 3-year project!) A little over a year later, with only 50 hours on the Hobbs, I flew it from Montana to Oshkosh AirVenture 2017. I was honored to be awarded a Bronze Lindy …

lycoming-thunderbolt-o-360-redAt Sun 'n Fun 2018 we interviewed Jeff Schans, Lycoming's Sales manager and we asked about the popular Thunderbolt Engines. Watch the short Product Minute video as Jeff describes the benefits of the Thunderbolt product line and what it means for the aircraft homebuilder.
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.
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