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Something Different

float-cubNo, it’s not experimental – but it is a little different. It’s not often I find a J-3 Cub with a 100 horse C-85 (They tell me its got an O-200 crank and cylinders – that certainly makes it “different” on the nose. And with floats to boot! Today’s entry isn’t about the airplane so […]

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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.

Kitfox Super Sport

Kitfox Super Sport

Marc Cook reports on the process of developing a new Lycoming O-233 engine package for the Kitfox Series 7 Super Sport and samples the result.

Van’s RV-14

Van’s RV-14

The latest RV prompted quite a buzz. So what exactly is different about this roomy two-seater—and how does it fly? Taking off from the Van’s factory in Oregon, Paul Dye samples the new design.


Legendary Bob Hoover Dies At 94

Bob Hoover (photo: EAA)Bob Hoover, whose extraordinary aviation life included flying in World War II, test-flying for the Air Force and performing a unique airshow act demonstrating the laws of aerodynamics with a twin Shrike Commander, died this morning at age 94. Hoover was widely regarded as “the greatest stick-and-rudder man who ever lived,” as Jimmy Doolittle described […]

Revmaster Turbo Update

Last year Revmaster showed a their upcoming turbo VW-based engine; this year they ran the engine on a test stand. It sounded plenty healthy.There has not been much technical change of the Revmaster 2300 Turbo engine since last year’s Alternative Engine Conference in Temecula, California. A development of Revmaster’s decades-long line of VW-based engines it’s received the usual detail tweaking and behind-the-scenes preparation for volume sales in the last year. It’s taking longer than Revmaster major domo Joe […]

Half Cast

Bill Vasilovich, Director of Sales for the Pegasus DP-1 project, holds a production case half casting for the DP-1 engine. The new castings are poured and machined in the U.S. Good ideas are fairly common; bringing them to fruition not so much. But Pete Plumb is beating the odds with his 1/2-version of the O-200 Continental engine. The idea is to bring torquey, durable power to flyweight aircraft, and Plumb is happy to report the new engine is nearly ready for mainstream production. At this […]

Sport Gold Final

This is the only view Sport Gold competitors saw of Jeff LaVelle‚Äôs Glasair III all week. Power is supplied by a Lycoming IO-580 built by Ly-Con and turboed by Grant Semanskee. Even if the results are often predictable and there might not be wingtip-to-wingtip combat, the Sport Gold final is one of the most anticipated contests at the National Air Races. Gold races are the money races; it’s where there’s nothing left to save, reputations are made and scores settled. In Sport Gold highly modified engines […]

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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.

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

Adjustable Seat Frame Plans Available From Stewart Aircraft

stewart-aircraft-adjustable-seatStewart Aircraft, provider of plans for several different aircraft designs, is now selling plans for an adjustable seat for homebuilt aircraft. This basic seat for homebuilt aircraft is adjustable forward and aft and measures 13″ deep, 18″ wide and 24″ tall. The adjustable travel can be up to 6 inches in one inch steps or […]

Belite Releases New RADIANT Turn Coordinator. 15% Discount thru Sept. 30

belite-radiant-turn-coordinatorThe RADIANT Turn Coordinator provides a visual indication of turn rate along with a visual indication of slip/skid, using an ultra bright, daylight readable color LCD display.

STIHL Signs On As Presenting Sponsor of the National Championship Air Races

Photo: KG Eccles/RARAThe National Championship Air Races today announced that STIHL has signed on as the presenting sponsor for the 2016 and 2017 races. "STIHL partnered with us last year as a gold sponsor of the NBC Sports show and we are thrilled that they have decided to come on board in such a big way as the presenting sponsor of the 53rd and 54th National Championship Air Races," Reno Air Racing Association President and CEO Mike Crowell said.

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Legendary Bob Hoover Dies At 94
Bob Hoover, whose extraordinary aviation life included flying in World War II, test-flying for the Air Force and performing a unique airshow act...

NBAA Expo Launches In Orlando Next Week
NBAA will host its annual convention and expo next week, Tuesday through Thursday, in Orlando, Florida, with 27,000 visitors expected to attend....

Crew Evacuated After A380 Diversion
British Airways isn't saying much, to the media or to 400 passengers, about why one of its A380s diverted more than 1,000 miles across western...

A Glimpse Of Zee Aero's "Flying Car"
A local newspaper in the Silicon Valley has published photos of a test vehicle apparently under development by Zee Aero, a secretive company...

Gulfstream To Cease Production Of G450, G150
Gulfstream has sold its last G450, which will be delivered to a customer early in 2018, the company said recently. The G450 began as the GIV, and...

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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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