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Speaking of Kneeboards

iPad Kneepad IMG_1835I normally fly with a compact, fabric kneeboard that wraps around my thigh with an elastic Velcro strap. Been using these for years – they cost about $30, and it isn’t a tragedy if you happen to leave one in a pilot lounge or briefing room – or forget you set it on the horizontal […]


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Super Cub Kit Comparison

Super Cub Kit Comparison

Super Cubs are beloved by many a backcountry adventurer, and several kits offer options to meet the demand of builders interested in these sturdy workhorses. By Dave Prizio.

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.

Higher, Faster, Stronger

Higher, Faster, Stronger

Glasair’s decision to turbocharge its Sportsman model opened up the door to additional design considerations and refinements. But getting to the desired performance has proved challenging. By Marc Cook.

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Garmin unveils the next generation of all-in-one ADS-B transponders

Garmin G1000 GTX345_TrafficGarmin announced the GTX 345 and GTX 335 all-in-one ADS-B transponders that include Extended Squitter (ES) ADS-B Out with options for built-in WAAS, as well as dual-link ADS-B In. The GTX 345/335 integrate on a wide variety of current and legacy Garmin displays, including select G1000 Integrated Flight Decks.

EAA: FAA Authorization Bill Won’t Fix ATC Funding Problem, Creates New Ones for GA

EAA LogoThe Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act introduced in the House of Representatives today is being touted as a plan for the future of U.S. aviation, but it could create dire consequences for the future of personal recreational flying in our nation, according to the Experimental Aircraft Association.

PS Engineering Debuts IntelliAudio

PS Engineering-PMA8000BTi  PS Engineering is announcing the new PMA8000BTi audio selector panel, a version of the very popular PMA800BT that includes IntelliAudio spatial audio technology. Shipments of these units begin February 1, 2016. IntelliAudio is technology that PS Engineering, Inc. has licensed from and patented by the United States Air Force Laboratory. When activated, the IntelliAudio […]

Copperstate Fly-In Changes Venue

Copperstate Fly-inThe Copperstate Fly-In, which has moved to several airports around Arizona over more than 40 years, will be held at a new site this October, organizers have announced. The event will be held at Falcon Field, in Mesa, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29. The facilities available at Falcon Field will help the fly-in […]

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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

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

Avidyne’s New Lower-Priced IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM

Avidyne IFD440Avidyne Corporation announced today that they are offering a new lower-priced IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM, starting at $12,399, including mounting tray and installation kit. The new entry-level IFD440 pricing option allows customers to add wireless (WiFi & Bluetooth®) for $1,300 and Forward Looking Terrain Alerting (FLTA/RTC) for an additional $1,300 should they choose. These capabilities are enabled […]

SAM Aircraft Acquired by Zenith / Zenair

SAM opencanopy950SAM Aircraft assets have been acquired by the sons of aircraft designer Chris Heintz, owners and operators of Zenith Aircraft Company (U.S.) and Zenair Ltd. (Canada).

CubCrafters Introduces Emergency Aircraft Parachutes

BRS SystemLight aircraft manufacturer CubCrafters is announcing new emergency parachute systems for the company’s line of backcountry tailwheel airplanes. The systems, developed in conjunction with BRS Aerospace, will further advance safety in CubCrafters’ aircraft designs by allowing pilots a safe alternative in otherwise difficult emergencies. “The Carbon Cub is already recognized as the safest backcountry aircraft […]


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Landing How-To Video Attracts Attention
A Delta pilot has answered the question that lingers in the back of the minds of non-pilots everywhere with a video and a fairly detailed narrative...

Man Arrested For Damaging Wrong Jet
A 30-year-old man is in jail after causing up to $30,000 worth of damage to a former military aircraft that he thought belonged to Microsoft...

CAFE Foundation Sets Symposium Dates
The CAFE Foundation this week announced the dates for their 10th annual Electric Aircraft Symposium, May 19 and 20, at the Marriott Waterfront in...

Sheriff's Light Sport Crash Kills Two
Despite some eyewitness reports, including one from a long-time pilot, it's still not clear what led to the crash of a law enforcement version of a...

Santa Monica Airport Supporters File Federal Complaint
A group of businesses and advocates of Santa Monica Airport have filed a formal complaint with the FAA, charging that the city has improperly...

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