Drilling 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.
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 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 […]
See 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 […]
On 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 […]
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, 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.
This 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 […]
Four-seat homebuilt crosses the Atlantic to show its stuff. By Paul Dye.
With a bigger engine and lighter airframe, CubCrafters Carbon Cub EX kit aircraft takes the Cub experience to a higher plane. By Marc Cook.
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.
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.
Paul Dye argues that there is more between man and machine than just the hardware.
The Rotec-radial-powered Kitfox Super Sport taps into our nostalgia for radial engines but with a modern touch. By Marc Cook.
When Stan Peternels 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.
JPI is offering a new compact, capable engine monitor that is built and priced for the homebuilt market. By Marc Cook.
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.
LeRoy Cook flies Larry Kinders award-winning Mustang II, a fast and fun homage to the legendary P-51 Mustang.
Bush plane? Heck, yeah! Bill Repucci flies Just Aircrafts strong, tough and fun Highlander.
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 todays sport pilot; by LeRoy Cook.
Liquid consumables for the shop. By Eric Stewart.
Repairing a malfunctioning headset may be not only inexpensive, but completely doable. By Jim Weir.
This lazy man's guide removes some of the headaches. Sample weight & balance spreadsheets included.
Evolution 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 […]
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 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 […]
With 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 […]
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...
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