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The need for (affordable) speed. By Paul Dye.

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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.

Sam LS

Sam LS

Retro look for fun flying. By Kevin Horton.

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.

Hangar Policy Lunacy

faaSometimes, I’m glad our readers are paying attention because I’m not sure we always are. By “we,” I mean the editorial we; the crack, watchdog aviation press. Specifically, I’m referring to the FAA’s hangar policy toward homebuilding that escaped the Level 4 bio containment last week and never should have. It set the AVweb (and […]

EAA Asking FAA to Recognize All Homebuilding Activity

faaThe EAA today released a statement clarifying their position on the draft hangar usage policy that the FAA released for comment two weeks ago. In the draft statement. the FAA recognized only the “Final Assembly” of a homebuilt aircraft as an Aeronautical Activity, and this has troubled many homebuilders who have already made comments to […]

First Flight For “One Week Wonder”

Photo: EAAOver the seven days of EAA AirVenture, more than 2,500 volunteers pitched in to build an airplane, and on Tuesday morning they got their reward — the Zenith CH 750 Cruzer N140WW “One Week Wonder” took off on its first flight. “The flight was great,” said Jeff Skiles, EAA’s VP for community, who took the […]

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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: The soul of the machine.

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.

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Heater AD Targets GA Aircraft
A new proposed airworthiness directive issued by the FAA on Wednesday affects up to 6,000 general aviation aircraft, mostly (but not limited to)...

Mideast Conflict Affects Civil Aviation
The FAA issued a Notam on Monday restricting U.S. flight operators from flying in the airspace above Syria. Previously, operators had been warned...

Eclipse Lays Off Workers
Eclipse Aerospace laid off "several" workers from its plant in Albuquerque last week, local news organizations have reported. "I've had much better...

GA Advocates Seek Expedited Review On Medical Changes
Seven general aviation advocacy groups said this week they have sent a letter (PDF) to officials in the Transportation Department asking them to...

New Takes On Business Travel
A couple of new companies are trying fresh approaches to pull high-value business travellers out of the backpack and tennis shoe mainstream of...

CitationAir Closing Oct. 31
Textron Aviation is closing former Cessna fractional operator CitationAir and selling the remaining airplanes. CitationAir was started in 2000 as...

CAIGA To Produce Biggest Amphibious Airplane
The China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. has started to build the TA600, which will be the largest amphibious aircraft in production, the...

Short Final
During the early '70s, Pappy Wilkes, a former Piedmont Airlines DC-3 captain, was flying a pressurized Queen Air 88 along the east coast of...

Drones At Rocky Mountain Air Show
The Rocky Mountain Air Show will host what it's calling "the first FAA-sanctioned drone demonstrations" at this type of event Aug. 22-23 at...

Brits Sweep Ascot Red Bull
The hometown favorites battled back from dismal qualifying rounds to give the capacity crowd what they came for during the Red Bull Air Races' stop...

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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.
dynon-toush-snipDynon Avionics brought its latest touchscreen system, the Skyview Touch. Dynon's Michael Schofield showed the system to Kitplanes magazine at Sun 'n Fun 2014.
rans-s20-snip-190x100At the Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, KITPLANES got a good look and a demo flight in RANS' new S-20 Raven, an evolution of the popular Coyote kit/LSA series.
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