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Searey LSX

An old friend with a new personality. By Don Maxwell.

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Alternative Energies

Alternative Energies

Electric Light Sport Aircraft are few and far between, owing primarily to the heavy batteries eating into LSA weight restrictions. The Alternair Amp is poised to change all that. By Dean Sigler.

Sam LS

Sam LS

Retro look for fun flying. By Kevin Horton.

Firewall Forward: Fuel Systems

Firewall Forward: Fuel Systems

Simplicity is key in a good fuel system, but there’s a lot to consider when creating even an uncomplicated setup, from primers to sniffle valves to gascolators. By Dave Prizio.

Best of “Sunset” Photo Contest Winner

The winning sunset photo submitted by Axel Alvarez and taken by Pat DulaneyAs all of our photographers know, sunset it a magic time to take pictures – and when you combine sunset with an airplane, well – the results can be spectacular! This month’s “Best of…” contest saw a large number of great pictures submitted, and it was tough to choose only four to vote on – […]

Video: KITPLANES Flies the SubSonex MicroJet

SubSonex JetWhen Kitplanes was given the opportunity to fly and review the Subsonex, we brought along Paul Bertorelli, our Editorial Director to capture the sights and sounds of the little jet for our readers. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed flying the airplane. Our full review will be found in the August […]

First Flight -“Risky Business” Columnist Sid Mayeux

sid-mayeux-rv-victoryWhen one of our regular columnists here at Kitplanes finishes and flies a new airplane, we like to celebrate a little! We received word of just such an event – Sid Mayeux, one of our experts in aviation risk management, has been working diligently on his RV-7A and sent us the following note: Sid 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.

Homebuilt Industry News

Kaolin Aviation to Offer FWF Kits for ULPower

UL Power engineKaolin Aviation has contracted to design and produce firewall-forward (FWF) kits for popular kit-built aircraft, to make the choice of ULPower engines easier, when the OEM airframe manufacturer has not yet developed a FWF installation. “We realize that most builders don’t want to have to design and fabricate their own engine mounts,” said ULPower US […]

Continental Motors Group Buys ECi

eci-logoDanbury Aerospace, Inc. announced that it has agreed to sell its business to Continental Motors Group Ltd. The company said that “this sale will bring new opportunities for our products in general aviation, and allow Danbury and its subsidiaries that include Engine Components International, Inc., to focus on our strengths and continue to provide the […]

Rotax Extended Service Terms (R.E.S.T.) for Rotax 912 iS Sport Engine

Rotax 912 iS Sport engine.To celebrate 40 years of Rotax aircraft engines BRP offers the Rotax Extended Service Terms (R.E.S.T.)* free of charge for one year. This offer is valid for all Rotax 912 iS Sport and Rotax 912 iSc Sport engines purchased at an authorized Rotax distributor between April 15, 2015 and December 31, 2015. The “ 1 year or 200 […]


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Best of... Monthly Photo Contest Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
SubSonex JetWhen Kitplanes was given the opportunity to fly and review the Subsonex, we brought along Paul Bertorelli, our Editorial Director to capture the sights and sounds of the little jet for our readers. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed flying the airplane. Our full review will be found in the August […]
garmin-virb-rv12Van's Aircraft has a new VIRB action camera interface in the RV12 that works with the newly introduced Garmin G3X Touch avionics suite. Larry Anglisano took the system flying at the 2015 U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, for a closer look.
rotax-factory-tour-snipWith the 912 iS and new iS Sport engine, Rotax is making gains with new products. Reporting for KITPLANES, Paul Bertorelli visited the factory last summer and produced this video explaining how the engines are built.
subsonex-jet-snipAt AirVenture 2014, our team took a video tour of Sonex Aircraft's new JSX microjet. The company's John Monnett gave us an inside look at the jet's construction and performance.
groppo-trail-snipAt AirVenture 2014, Kitplanes got a look at the Groppo Trail, a new kit and E-LSA.
Rotax 912 iS SportIn April 2014, Kitplanes announced the new 914 iS, specifically tailored for the U.S. market. At the company's Wels, Austria headquarters, Kitplanes took a brief flight demo in an aircraft equipped with the new engine.
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