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Flight Review: Practical Glass

Flight Review: Practical Glass

Marc Cook admires Dave Ammenti’s exceptional GlaStar and details why these designs have held their value in the used market over the years.

Kitfox Super Sport

Kitfox Super Sport

Marc Cook reports on the process of developing a new Lycoming O-233 engine package for the Kitfox Series 7 Super Sport and samples the result.

Van’s RV-14

Van’s RV-14

The latest RV prompted quite a buzz. So what exactly is different about this roomy two-seater—and how does it fly? Taking off from the Van’s factory in Oregon, Paul Dye samples the new design.

New Upright Cleco Pliers

clecall 2The Clecall Company has developed a new type of Cleco pliers and it claims to improve efficiency and ergonomics for a tool that’s used by almost all homebuilders. The traditional pliers are made from steel. The company says they are heavy, lack ergonomics to fit the user’s hands and wrists, and have a large horizontal […]

Fatal Crash Announced at Reno Races

Lee BehelReno, Nev. -At approximately 3:30 p.m. today, Sport Class pilot Lee Behel, 64, from San Jose, Calif. was involved in a fatal accident during a qualifying heat of the National Championship Air Races at the Reno-Stead Airport. Behel was flying a GP-5, “Sweet Dreams.” This was single-plane incident and no other pilots or spectators were […]

Aircraft Spruce Customer Appreciation Day

acs_CAD2014-prAircraft Spruce will host its annual Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, October 4th at all three of their locations. Visit Aircraft Spruce West at 225 Airport Circle in Corona, CA close to the Corona Airport(KAJO) from 7am-3pm, Aircraft Spruce East at 452 Dividend Drive in Peachtree City, beside Falcon Field(KFFC) from 8am-4pm, or Aircraft Spruce […]

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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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The Weekender: Mountains, Seashores, Camping Adventures Await
Fall is on its way in the Northeast, bringing the promise of great flying weather, and pilots will find plenty of interesting destinations to...

One More U.S. Stop For Red Bull Racers
If you missed the Red Bull Air Races in Texas earlier this month, you have one more chance to catch them in the U.S.A. -- next stop in the global...

Boeing, SpaceX Win NASA Crew Contract
Within a few years, U.S. astronauts will be able to launch to the International Space Station from the U.S., instead of traveling to Russia as...

Gulfstream Moving Toward Supersonic Bizjet
Gulfstream is quietly making progress toward a supersonic business jet that might be able to fly above Mach 1 over the U.S. FAA regulations...

"Hump" Pilots, DC-3 Meet Again
Two former DC-3 captains were reunited with the aircraft they both flew over "the Hump" in Asia's Himalayan mountains during World War II, more...

NTSB: GA Accidents Down In 2013
The number of civil aviation accidents fell last year, from 1,539 in 2012 to 1,297 in 2013, the NTSB said on Monday. General aviation accidents...

Short Final
While traversing New York/Washington Center air space, we received a frequency change. However, when trying to check in, the frequency was...

Reno Races Wrap; NTSB Reports On Crash
The National Championship Air Races wrapped up at Reno on Sunday, with Steven Hinton Jr., of Chino, California, taking the Breitling Unlimited Gold...

Sanctions Hurt European Bizjet Industry
Just as the economy was recovering, a geopolitical crisis has replaced it as a threat to the European business jet industry. The U.S. and other...

Tethered UAS Debuts
A Russian inventor has come up with a new twist on unmanned aerial systems, one that might offer a legal way around the virtual ban on their...

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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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