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Smoke Season in the Sierra

A view of Yosemite Valley during Fire Season - the shadowy shapes of El Capitan and Half Dome barely visible to those who know them.It’s that time of year in the western United States–smoke from wildfires reduce the visibility in the mountains for the usual 100 miles to something more on the order of ten–and sometimes less. The other day I had to fly from my base near Reno (NV) to the central valley of California, south of Fresno. […]


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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.

Lockwood Super Drifter

Lockwood Super Drifter

Throttling back to enjoy the Florida scenery, Marc Cook is reminded of the reasons he first fell in love with flying as he pilots the new Lockwood Super Drifter.

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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Spirit of Flight Award

Lancairs in flight with the Evolution in the lead, followed by a Legacy and a IV-P. There is no doubt that these are fast and fine-looking airplanes. Photo by Steve Schulte courtesy of LOBO.Lancair Owners and Builders Organization Recognized for Contribution to Safety In 1996 the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) and the EAA established the Spirit of Flight Award to recognize those EAA members who made a significant contribution to aviation safety and flight testing, with the goal of encouraging further improvements in these areas.

Goodbye Oshkosh!

Oshkosh-gatesWell, that about wraps up Kitplanes coverage of AirVenture 2016 here in beautiful Oshkosh, Wisconsin. As our various correspondents mount their trusty steeds and head for the four corners of the continent, they take with them fond memories of another hectic and full week of aviation. Oshkosh is allegedly about airplanes, but the longer one […]

Bob Reece Receives EAA Homebuilt Award

Bob-Reece-thmBob Reece was honored with a “brick” at the Brown Arch today for his many years of service as Chairman of the EAA Judging Standards Committee. The brick reads “Your leadership, integrity, and commitment to the aircraft judging program has made it the standard for all fly-in. The Lindy Award is recognized worldwide as the […]

Gordon and Patty Gilchrist’s PA-14EXP

Photo: Kathryn WainfanParked near the Brown Arch on the AirVenture flight line is what at first appears to be a Super Cub on amphibious floats. Walking by, our attention was first caught by the miniature seaplane base in a wading pool displayed in front of the right float of the airplane. We met the owners, Gordon and […]

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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

New Integral Helmet From Lynx

Lynx helmetLynx Avionics has announced a new integral flying helmet which provides both high level noise attenuation and full face protection. The helmet is available with Lynx Micro System electronics in either G3 or G4 versions; the G4 helmet includes both voice controlled microphone (VCM) and active noise reduction (ANR). It is also available in versions compatible […]

B-Model Kits Added to FAA NKET Eligible Kit List

NKET members and trainees examine B-Model empennage and control surfaces, guided by Sonex Aircraft staff.Sonex Aircraft announced that FAA National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) checklists for the new Sonex and Waiex B-Model kits, and the new Xenos Motorglider Quick Build Kit have been added to the FAA’s online list of eligible kits. Inclusion in the FAA’s kit list signifies that an aircraft kit may allow an amateur builder to meet […]

TruTrak Aims for Affordable Autopilots in Certified Market

TruTrak Vizion AutopilotTruTrak is a maintstay in the experimental market with its well-regarded, sophisticated autopilots at affordable prices. Now, following the lead of EAA and Garmin, TruTrak aims to make its new Vizion autopilot available for certified airplanes, starting with the Cessna 172. And this is no stripped down wing lever, but a full-featured three-axis autopilot that […]


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JetBlue Flies To Cuba
When JetBlue's Flight 387 took off this morning from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, headed for Cuba, it was the first commercial airline to fly that...

Seminar To Address Stick-And-Rudder Skills
A new nonprofit group based in southern New England aims to address the deterioration of basic stick-and-rudder skills among pilots, and is...

Report: Small Jets Are Selling
The private-jet market overall has been slumping so far this year, as reported in the latest GAMA tally, but a closer look at the data shows that...

Charter Pilot Charged With Drunkenness
Police said a first officer's blood alcohol content was 0.3, or seven times the legal limit, when he was tested at Cherry Capital Airport in...

Drone Pilots Expected To Outnumber Aviators
With new FAA rules now in place, as of Monday, for operators to secure a commercial drone certificate, it's been projected that their numbers will...

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dynon-skyview-video-thmDynon 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.
Dynon-SkyView-SE-videoAt 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.
garmin-g5-videoThe 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.
SuperSTOL-videoAt 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.
zenith-360-degree-videoKit 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.
audio-panels-thmWhether you are upgrading the audio system in an older LSA or experimental or building a new project, PS Engineering and Garmin have non-certified audio panels equipped with advanced features better suited for smaller cabins.
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