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Look Ma - No Wings!

Something changed radically in the shop this past week - a milestone came and passed - and so did those huge long wings for the Xenos! Notice the workbench? No wings! With the help of a lot of airpark neighbors, we had a marathon month of drilling, deburring, and riveting, and the long motor glider …


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Velocity, Increased

Velocity, Increased

The Velocity TXL-5 turbo combines style, sophistication and high performance eminently suited to cross-country sojourns at flight levels. By Doug Rozendaal.

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.

Bearhawk LSA

Bearhawk LSA

It’s the wing that gives Bob Barrow’s latest design a faster cruise and slower stall speed than similar LSAs. By Chuck Berthe.

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Reno Bird Strike

RV-6 Bird StrikeIn what has to be one of the rarest of Reno air racing occurrences, James Stringer suffered a bird strike during the third lap of his Sport Bronze final today. In an admirable display of composure Stringer was able to mayday safely out of the race despite the shock, shattered plexiglass and a minor cut …

Promise Fulfilled

Mark Voss, One Moment RacingEver since Andrew Findlay appeared with his splashy graphics and youthful team full of brains and enthusiasm the only real question was when would it all come together for a Sport Gold win. The answer was today. Running a 402 mph average Findlay's Stihl-logoed Lancair led down the chute and all six tours around the …

Well There's Your Problem!

loose-exhaust-stack-lycomingDan "Nordo" West's 248 mph RV-8 held its place in the Sport Bronze race today, but wasn't able to move up because it started to lose a cylinder on the second lap. Nordo and the crew wasted no time when the got back to the pits pulling the cowl to see why the jug's EGT …

Biplane Gold

Surprising absolutely no one, Andrew Buehler started first, immediately began lapping nearly everyone and finished first in today's Biplane Gold race. Flying Phantom, the modified beyond recognition Mong Sport he's co-owned with Tom Aberle since the beginning, Buehler capped a trouble-free Reno year in all-conquering fashion. Certainly Phantom is one of the winningist race planes …

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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

Aircraft Spruce Acquires A.E.R.O. In Stock

Aircraft Spruce will complete the acquisition of A.E.R.O. In Stock, a distributor of airframe and engine parts for general aviation on September 17. With AERO In Stock's large customer base, regional distribution warehouses, and new product lines, the merger will allow Aircraft Spruce to better serve its customers, says Jim Irwin, President of Aircraft Spruce …

New Blaze Color 3-1/8" Singles From MGL

The MGL Avionics Blaze range of 3 -1/8" Color Singles consists of fifteen 3 -1/8" color display aviation instruments. Using a high-resolution IPS 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 easy menu navigation and to access specific …

Free Panel Designer available to builders

The same team that developed the original Panel Builder is making available the all new eHangar.org Panel Designer. Builders can sign up to create a free account and start designing an instrument panel in a browser window immediately. eHangar.org resurrected one of the most loved tools for builders of Experimental Aircraft with new features and plans …


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Boeing, NSF Partner For Aviation Education
Pilot, mechanic and air traffic controller may be the most high-profile jobs in aviation, but career tracks in engineering and management are also...

Hollywood Revisits Apollo 11
Universal Pictures’ new film about the Apollo 11 mission, “First Man,” is due in theaters Oct. 12, and early reviews so far have been mainly...

GA Helps Hurricane Florence Response
If it seems like storms are getting worse, there may be some comfort in the fact that storm response, including GA’s contribution, is getting...

Astro Launches Elroy eVTOL
Yet another eVTOL company has announced it is in flight trials with the intention of upending the urban transportation market and Astro Aerospace,...

How Not To Handprop An SR22
Scattered among accident reports is the occasional hand prop attempt that goes wrong but not many concern high-performance aircraft. The...

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Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
Fithian-taubeSometime after my grandfather passed away I ran across a curious photo of him in an airplane. Turns out he was one of the first aviators in the newly formed aviation division of the Austro-Hungarian Empire's military. No one in the family ever told me about it, not even he. The airplane turned out to …
After three years and 1,800 hours of construction, I'm proud to acknowledge the first flight of my Rotax 912 ULS powered Van's RV-12 E-LSA, serial number 120850, N850VH, on May 20, 2017, at Archuleta County Stevens Field (KPSO) Pagosa Springs, Colorado, field elevation 7,664' (morning density altitude well over 9,000').   It is equipped with a …
Richard GuyMy RANS S-6S N428WG was delivered in August 2010 and issued an airworthiness in August 2011. It was as much fun to build as it is to fly. Setting aside 3 or 4 hours every weekday by cutting back on TV re-runs, the build was quick. Instructions were easy to follow and my two technical …

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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