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Three Miles in Smoke and Haze

The top of that mountain is just about three miles from the front of my hangar--and this iPhone picture is making the visibility look better than it appears to the naked eye. Such is how we'll start out our Oshkosh trip if the smoke persists until morning.


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The Other Welcome Wagon

The wheels are yeller, the upholstery's brown, The dashboard's genuine leather, With isinglass curtains y' can roll right down, In case there's a change in the weather. Well, the windows roll up, not down, they aren't isinglass, and there's no fringe, but the new Welcome Wagon #4 is pretty fancy. Built by EAA Chapter 91, …

Sure, It's VFR

We have a solid overcast here at Wittman Field but the ATIS says it's VFR. Winds calm... visibility 7 miles... overcast at 1000 feet. I swear there was a little chuckle in the voice as he announced the ceiling height. No one can claim the FAA controllers aren't pulling for us. Be careful out there!

Watching Planes Arrive

For the second day in a row we have awakened to low ceilings at KOSH. It's eerily quiet again and we are watching arrivals via flightradar24. The ceilings are forecast to lift later this morning so hopefully there will be an influx of arrivals this afternoon. None of us want to see a replay of …

New Digs!

Pilots headed to camp with their homebuilts at AirVenture this year will find something new--a recently finished (they were putting metal on it yesterday) Pavilion dominates the Homebuilt Camping area offering shade, barbecues, tables, charging stations--and morning coffee! The new addition to the AirVenture grounds will become a central meeting point for campers and folks …

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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

Garmin Pilot adds new features to iOS and Android mobile devices

Garmin announced several new enhancements and an expanded feature set for the Garmin Pilot application on Apple and Android mobile devices. New for Android, Garmin Pilot customers can now access synthetic vision (SVX), as well as pilot-configurable checklists within the app. Customers using Garmin Pilot on an Apple mobile device can take advantage of weight and …

Durand Mark V to be Reintroduced After Long Absence

Durand Industries LLC announced the world-wide official re-introductory launch of the  Durand Mark V aircraft. The aircraft builds on the interest in retro and cool offerings in the aviation market. Targeted for the homebuilt market, aircraft plans were sold and several aircraft built in the 1970's and 80's. The aircraft design is unique in its …

Dual Electronics to Debut XGPS170D Dual-Band ADS-B Receiver at AirVenture

Dual Electronics XGPS170D Dual-Band ADS-B ReceiverDual-band ADS-B reception and connectivity via Bluetooth for multiple EFB apps on iPad, Android, and Windows tablets The XGPS170D builds on the success of Dual's popular XGPS170 product by adding 1090 MHz ES signal reception for increased traffic, and flights above 18,000 feet or outside the U.S. As with its predecessor, the XGPS170D includes 978 …

American Legend Introduces Super Legend XP

American Legend Aircraft Company announced today the availability of its new Super Legend XP. The enhanced performance version of the company's Legend Cub incorporates a number of new features. The Super Legend XP (eXtra Performance) is now available as an E-LSA or EAB. Enhancement modifications include square wing tips, extended flaps and ailerons, 40-gallons-usable fuel …

ForeFlight Introduces New Dual-Band ADS-B Receiver

ForeFlight announced the availability of Scout, a portable, dual-band ADS-B receiver that delivers inflight weather and traffic information to the ForeFlight Mobile app in the smallest, most elegant form-factor on the market. Retailing at $199 USD, Scout is the industry's most affordable off-the-shelf ADS-B In solution. Customers can purchase Scout at the ForeFlight exhibit (Hangar …


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Lycoming: No Labor Allowance For Conrod Bushing Fix
Owners impacted by the recently announced Lycoming connecting rod bushing service bulletin will be on their own to pay labor charges, the company...

AOPA 172 Finds New Owner In Las Vegas
AOPA awarded its Sweepstakes Cessna 172 to its new owner, Gary Walters, at Henderson Executive Airport this week. As in past years, the sweepstakes...

Stratos VLJ Development On Pace
The Stratos 714 VLJ (very light jet) will be making its public debut at AirVenture 2017, as promised by company officials earlier this year. The...

Red Bull Heads To Russia
The 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship heads to the Russian city of Kazan this weekend. Yoshihide Muroya of Japan leads the series after...

P206 Lands On Freeway, Gets Pulled Over
The Civil Air Patrol says it can take days for pilots to be found after an off-airport forced landing, but Jim O’Donnell had the first emergency...

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I had been researching gyroplane technology for the past 20 years and knew that the modern gyroplane was an amazing aircraft. After scoring a ride in a MTO Sport in July of 2015, I knew I had to have one. I was fortunate that a dealer and flight training in Searcy, Arkansas was only an …
Velocity 173 Fixed Gear Elite N653TS has taken just shy of 20 years to morph from several boxes of fiberglass parts to the plane you see here. Back in June 1997 I had just retired from the Army as a career helicopter pilot and wanted something to keep me active in aviation besides the typical …
N696VA is an RV12 built as an EAB. The plane took four and a half years and I logged 1900 hours in the build log. I've only flown it a couple of hours now but I just love this little plane. It's quick and nimble and performs very well. I painted the plane prior to …

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.
Whether 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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