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Nope, no, no way... flying 30 years!

kinked fuel lineI am often amazed at just how big our margins can be in aviation. Engineering margins, that is - operational margins are as big (or as small) as pilots want to make them. Here is a good case in point. This is the right tank-to-selector fuel line off of a very early two-seat RV. It's …


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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.

Legacy Act

Legacy Act

Marc Cook takes a close look at Erik Larson’s Legacy and finds out why Lancair’s rework of its seminal 200-235-320-360 design is as swoon-worthy as its predecessors.

Deciding What to Build

Deciding What to Build

The more realistic you are, the better off you’ll be. By Brent Owens.

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John Monnett Retires; Seeks Buyers/Investors while Business Continues Strong

John Monett with the SubSonex jet.After almost 50 years of involvement in the kit aircraft industry, Sonex Founder and President John Monnett has announced his retirement from Sonex Aircraft, LLC effective June 2, 2018. "I am retiring from Sonex Aircraft but not forsaking my passion for aviation," remarks Monnett. "I will continue to contribute where I can into the future …

Formula 1 Racers to Round the Pylons at Ely (NV), 13-16 June

If once a year at Reno doesn't give you enough of an air racing fix, join the Formula 1 Class at Ely, Nevada for four days of racing this June! More than 15 racers are scheduled to attend the four days of pylon racing in the eastern Nevada town, and the venue promises to provide …

Product Minute: Lycoming Thunderbolt Engines

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.

Largest Yet: Mojave Experimental Fly-In 2018

With 344 transient aircraft and 16 local operations logged by the tower, plus what might have been 100 airplanes on the ramp at any one time, the 2018 Mojave Experimental Fly-In April 21, 2018 certainly looked and felt like the most-attended MEFI in the event's six-year history.

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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.

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Superior Air Parts 2018 Forum Schedule

Superior Air Parts announced that the company is again hosting its series of 45-minute educational forums during Oshkosh AirVenture 2018. Joining Superior Air Parts in the 2018 Oshkosh Forum Series are RAM Aircraft, Hartzell Propeller, CamGuard, Don's Dream Machines, Aviation Product Services and others are scheduled to present educational sessions during the daily sessions at …

Bearhawk Canada Formed

Mike Silvernagle and his Bearhawk 4-Place.Bearhawk Aircraft announced the formation of Bearhawk Canada to further expand its operations in the vast regions of North America. An agreement has been made with Mike Silvernagle in Saskatchewan to represent Bearhawk Aircraft in Canada for sales, service, parts and support of the three models of Bearhawk aircraft kits. Mike Silvernagle will base Bearhawk …

Pick up Your Aircraft Spruce Orders at Oshkosh 2018

Place your order over $100 online or by phone and pick up at The AirVenture Show Oshkosh in themAircraft Spruce booth. Orders for pick up must be placed by noon Monday July 16th EST and they will be brought to the show by truck at no additional cost to you. All orders must be paid …


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Privatization Fight Continues
To no one’s surprise, those in favor of splitting air traffic control from the FAA are busy planning their next move. After a last-minute...

Transport Canada Rules Out 'Blue Ice' Reports
Transport Canada says the suspected human excrement that has landed on cars, people and property in British Columbia over the last six weeks...

FAA Tracking Down 11,000 Noncompliant Aircraft
The FAA says it’s tracking down the owners of up to 11,000 aircraft operating in the U.S. that may be noncompliant or have expired registrations....

737 Firefighting Aircraft Under Testing
Wildfire fighters may soon have a new aerial attack weapon in the in the form of a retired Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-300. Coulson Air Tankers,...

Blackhawk Offers New King Air 350ER Upgrade
Blackhawk Modifications has announced that its subsidiary, Vector-Hawk Aerospace, will be offering the company's Blackhawk XP67A Engine Upgrade...

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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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