Follow us on Twitter Follow us on FaceBook Kitplanes Videos Get RSS Feed
Kneeboard notes

And Out They Come

rivet-drill-outDrilling out rivets can seem like a step backwards for any builder, but you can also look at it from another direction and realize that if you need to do it, you NEED to do it--and therefore, it is a step forward towards completion, or in this case, in the direction of finishing a repair.

More Notes...

AirVenture 2016 coverage is sponsored by:

Huerta Stresses Safety At AirVenture

huerta-airventureThe FAA administrator comes to EAA AirVenture just about every summer, and as a rule the main thrust of the current officeholder’s speech is pretty predictable–whoever is in the job will talk about how great GA is and how much they support it, but how hard and slow it is to change any of the […]

But You Can See it From Here!

North-Fond-du-Lac-1See that row of tall corn behind the airplanes? That’s the new south boundary of the AirVenture grounds – an extension of the “South 40” for GA Camping. The extension was added in recent months because construction on the north taxiways of Wittman Field is taking B away about 150 parking spots this year. The […]

Flying Lessons at KidVenture

kidventure-1On two grass circles at Pioneer airport, veteran volunteer aeromodellers are teaching kids how to fly control-line model airplanes. Control-line flying predates radio control. The model is tethered by a pair of lines attached to to a handle held by the pilot. At the airplane the lines are attached to a bellcrank that moves the […]

Loss-Of-Control Prevention Concept Wins Founder’s Innovation Prize

Photo: EAAA digital flight-condition indicator called Airball won the top award this week in EAA's new Founder's Innovation Prize contest. Airball's creator, Ihab Awad of San Jose, California, goes home from AirVenture with $25,000 after pitching his concept to a panel of celebrity judges, EAA announced.

Zenith Announces New 180-hp SAM-EX

SAM-EX-180This week at AirVenture, Zenith Aircraft, the new owners of the SAM aircraft design, introduced the SAM-EX. Based on the prototype SAM aircraft introduced in 2012 by Thierry Zibi, the SAM-EX sports an all-new look, is configured as a taildragger (tricycle gear is also available), and is powered by a 180-hp Lycoming O-360. The EX […]

More News...

Free content

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 Hartzell 5-Blade Carbon Fiber Prop Boosts Speed, Climb Rates for Turbine Evolution

hartzell-evolutionEvolution Aircraft has completed extensive performance and noise testing confirming the performance improvements of the new Hartzell five-blade composite swept-tip constant-speed prop for the Turbine Evolution. The new technology 82.5-inch diameter five-blade propeller is available as an optional performance upgrade in place of the four-blade Hartzell aluminum propeller that is standard equipment on the Turbine […]

Airbly’s Cockpit Canairy Monitor

canairy-gray-1Big data is a big thing for airlines, which monitor flights in real time to track maintenance and anomalies. Now the same capability is available for light aircraft, albeit on a reduced scale, in the form of the Canairy Cockpit Monitor sold by Airbly Inc. The company’s Chris VanHorn was showing the gadget at AirVenture […]

L-3 Aviation Products Announces Lynx ADS-B Products and Support for Experimental Aircraft

lynx-ngt-9000plusWith the new LynxDirect program, it’s now possible for builders and owners of Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft to self-install the Lynx line of ADS-B products. L-3 has traditionally required that all sales of its products include installation services from an authorized dealer. Considering the urgency of the FAA’s ADS-B mandate and the desire of Experimental aircraft owners […]

More Industry News...

General aviation news

Marine Pilot Killed In Jet Crash
The pilot was killed when an F/A-18C fighter jet crashed Thursday night during a training mission in southern California, the Marine Corps has...

Stemme 12 Debuts At Oshkosh
Stemme's latest motorglider design, the Twin Voyager S12, was first introduced last year at Aero in Germany, but this week the company's...

Airbly's Cockpit Canairy Monitor
Big data is a big thing for airlines, which monitor flights in real time to track maintenance and anomalies. Now the same capability is available...

Loss-Of-Control Prevention Concept Wins Founder's Innovation Prize
A digital flight-condition indicator called Airball won the top award this week in EAA's new Founder's Innovation Prize contest. Airball's creator,...

Huerta Stresses Safety At AirVenture
The FAA administrator comes to EAA AirVenture just about every summer, and as a rule the main thrust of the current officeholder's speech is pretty...

Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
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.
Avidyne-440 videoLarry Anglisano along with Avidyne's Tom Harper show how to transition from an existing GNS430W to a slide-in IFD440, including configuration and setup of the new Bluetooth keyboard.
Video Archive


All mailed correspondence, including subscription invoices, renewals, and gift notices, will bear our address:
PO BOX 8535
Big Sandy, TX 75755

Third parties claiming to be selling KITPLANES subscriptions are not legitimate.