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Power to the Panel!

subsonex-panel-testWhen you're elbow deep in wiring, it is motivating once in awhile to clear all of the debris, check all the connections, and apply some voltage to the input side of the airplane, just to watch things light up! (Note all of those caveats - applying power with dangling power and ground wires can lead …


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Sling Shot

Sling Shot

From initial climb performance to Chuck-Yeager-like landings, the Sling 2 reveals its designer’s emphasis on handling. By Marc Cook.

Aircraft Wiring

Aircraft Wiring

Electrical system overview. By Marc Ausman.

Firewall Forward: Fuel Systems

Firewall Forward: Fuel Systems

Simplicity is key in a good fuel system, but there’s a lot to consider when creating even an uncomplicated setup, from primers to sniffle valves to gascolators. By Dave Prizio.

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Garmin's Aviation Webinars for Jan-Mar 2019

Garmin announced aviation webinars through the first-half of 2019. Ranging from Garmin Pilot tips and tricks, cost-effective autopilot upgrades to low-cost avionics solutions, these free webinars offer pilots and customers with a broad overview of the latest Garmin has to offer, while also providing a general operational overview of its vast product line. Autopilot Retrofits …

Lycoming's 2019 Engine School Dates

New Lycoming engines awaiting testingLycoming Engines announced a redesign of its Engine School and the 2019 training schedule. The training program is now a single class, 5-day course that blends content from both prior courses, which focused on engine theory and disassembly/reassembly. The intent of the redesign is to make it easier for individuals to attend the training in …

Experimental Category Aircraft Accident Totals Drop Again

Experimental-Accident-Dashboard-FY2018-thru-September-18-1000Fatal accidents in experimental category aircraft, including amateur-built aircraft, continued their decline during the Federal Aviation Administration's 2018 fiscal year that ended September 30, falling to historic lows. For the 12-month period from October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018, fatal accident totals for the experimental category overall, including amateur-built aircraft, racing aircraft, those used …

One Week Wonder Coming to Sebring's Sport Aviation Expo

One Week Wonder 2018This January, EAA Chapter 1240 will be bringing the "One Week Wonder" aircraft, built at Air Venture 2018, to the Sebring's Sport Aviation Expo. Look for the "One Week Wonder" at the EAA tent located on the South side, adjacent to the Workshops tent. This is a wonderful example of the great possibilities that exist …

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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.

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.

Plane and Simple

Filling without spilling. By Jon Croke.

Calculating Weight and Balance

This lazy man's guide removes some of the headaches. Sample weight & balance spreadsheets included.

Shopping for a Second-Hand Project

Bargains are out there, but do your homework before writing a big check. By Omar Filipovic.

Getting Started on the GlaStar Project

Starting on the wings and ordering more parts. By Dave Prizio.

Homebuilt or Store-Bought?

Raising the bar for RV-10 interiors to an entirely different level. By Bruce Eicher.

Industry news

Garmin's GTR 200B comm radio with Bluetooth intercom is designed for experimental aircraft

Garmin GTR 200BGarmin announced the GTR 200B, a comm radio and Bluetooth-enabled intercom designed specifically for experimental and amateur-built aircraft. In addition to advanced auto-squelch, stereo intercom, alert inputs, standby frequency monitoring and more, Bluetooth connectivity allows pilots to connect a smartphone or tablet to the comm radio, adding even more capability to the cockpit. Additionally, superior …

AirCam Bahamas Fly-Out 2019

AIRCAM-Bahamas FlyOutFlying the Bahamas in an AirCam is one of the most sensational flying experiences you will ever have. There are numerous white, sandy, uninhabited beaches to fly and the color of the water is intoxicating. You can fly these islands a hundred times in a regular airplane and still not know what you are missing …

Zenith workshops return to Sebring, Florida, 2019

zenith workshopZenith Aircraft Company is bringing back its popular hands-on light aircraft building workshop to the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo (Sebring, Florida from January 23 - 26, 2019). Zenith workshops have become popular with sport aviation enthusiasts who have considered building their own aircraft but were unsure if they had the required skills, workspace and tools. …


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Jeppesen Hosting Loss Of Control Webinar
Jeppesen will be hosting a free webinar next Tuesday to address loss of control situations from the pilot perspective. Topics will include...

Southwest 737 Slides Off Runway In Omaha
A Boeing 737 operated by Southwest Airlines slid onto a runway overrun area after landing at Eppley Airfield (OMA) in Omaha, Nebraska, on Friday...

Top Letters And Comments, January 18, 2019
This week's letters brought comments from readers about landing on a freeway, airline security, Elon Musk’s spaceship, Boeing's truss-braced wing...

Short Final: Concorde Criticism
About 30 years ago I had a business trip to London and took the BOAC Concorde from Washington Dulles International Airport to London Heathrow...

727 Ends Scheduled Passenger Service
The last scheduled passenger flight of a Boeing 727 was reportedly conducted Jan.12 by Iran Aseman Airlines.

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Pappas Waiex B TurboThis is my second Waiex build. My first appeared in a Kitplanes article in 2007. This one took 24 months of part time work and uses the Aerovee Turbo and an all-Dynon avionics HDX panel. Thanks to my friends Randy Krueger for the Corvette Torch Red paint and James Butler, pilot and A&P mechanic extraordinaire …
Old Crow Huber RV-7AAfter six and a half years, I received an airworthiness certificate on August 2, 2018. The first two flights were on August 10, flown by my highly experienced RV friend, Tom Berge. I completed the flight testing in early October. I then flew the aircraft up to Hibbing, MN for a paint job at Midwest …
Zodiac 601XLB N601LL was first flown on September 12, 2018. It took 11 years from start to finish with numerous long breaks interspersed for other of life's priorities. The LL in the tail number is for my wife of 47 years, Linda Lou, who unfortunately did not survive to see its completion. I chose to …

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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