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Maintenance Matters

Maintenance Matters

In this new column, Steve Ells shares his background as an A&P mechanic and offers tips on keeping your homebuilt aircraft running smoothly.

Flight Review: Return of the Ultralight

Flight Review: Return of the Ultralight

A few hours piloting the Belite may make you reconsider your preconceived notions about ultralight aircraft. By Ed Wischmeyer.

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.

New CAMit Distributor

Jack Gonzenbach stands behind is CAMit product. Jack Gonzenbach of Heart of America Aviation LLC is the new North American distributor for CAMit aircraft engines out of Australia. CAMit engines are an off-shoot and updated version of the popular Jabiru LSA engine. And when we say Gonzenbach is the new distributor, we do mean new, as in the last three weeks. Based […]

6-Cylinder E-Mag

E-Mag - 6-cylinderWe were in a rush, the E-Mag booth was full of customers and so we didn’t get to chat up the details, but the main news at E-Mag is they are introducing a 6-cylinder version of their electronic ignition-with-alternator magneto-replacement system. Granted, this is not the freshest news as E-Mag has already announced the new […]

More Numbers

Bob Carlton puts the SubSonex JSX-1 through its pacesDennis Hasha, Homebuilder Headquarters Registration Chair told KITPLANES that 1031 homebuilt aircraft had flown in and registered at AirVenture as of noon today. A total of of 2003 show planes (homebuilts, aerobatic, seaplanes, vintage, classic, and ultralights) have registered. There will undoubtedly be a few more homebuilts arriving tonight and tomorrow morning.

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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

Sling 4 Two-Week Turbo Build Program Announced

Sling 4 placeThe Airplane Factory (TAF) has partnered with Synergy Air to launch the Sling 4 Two-Week Turbo Build Program. Builders will spend several weeks at Synergy Air’s Eugene, Oregon, location and will build a Sling 4 Turbo from a quickbuild kit with training and assistance from Synergy Air’s staff. After the build sessions, the aircraft will […]

Zenair Announces Two-Week Wonder Factory-Assist Program for CH 750 Cruzer

TwoWeekWonderNow there’s an even faster way to build a CH 750 Cruzer. In just two weeks, participants in Zenair’s Two-Week Wonder program will complete their aircraft at the Zenair factory in Midland, Ontario, Canada. During the two-weeks, participants will: Finish a partially completed airframe kit. Install a factory-new Continental 0-200 engine with accessories and propeller. […]

New Dynon Builder Central Tent at Air Venture

Visit Dynon and AFS at Hangar DDynon Avionics will have an expanded exhibit at AirVenture Oshkosh 2015. The new space in Hangar D features the outdoor Dynon Builder Central tent, where pilots can visit with Dynon’s Builder Central Team for in-person avionics transition training, technical support, and builder advice. The outdoor exhibit also features aircraft built by Dynon Avionics and Advanced […]

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GA News

Flaperon Confirmed As 777 Part
The flaperon found on a beach on French-owned Reunion Island last week has been confirmed as a piece of a Boeing 777 of the same model operated as...

Bin Laden Relatives Die In Phenom Crash
Three members of Osama bin Laden's family, including his half-sister, were killed along with their Jordanian pilot when their Embraer Phenom 300...

Facebook Builds UAS That Beams Down Wi-Fi
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday his social networking company just finished building an unmanned aerial system that can "beam down...

GAMA Reports Drop In Aircraft Sales For 2015
General aviation airplane shipments fell 9.1 percent in the first half of this year compared to last year, the General Aviation Manufacturers...

Two More Vie For "Oldest Pilot" Title
When George Neal, 96, flew his de Havilland Chipmunk in Canada to qualify as the "world's oldest active pilot" in the Guinness Book of World...

Best of... Monthly Photo Contest Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
gemini-video-capAt AirVenture 2015, Superior Air Parts provided a progress report on their new Gemini three-cylinder diesel, showing off an installation in an American Legend Cub.
rotax-915is-capNo one was expecting it, but at AirVenture 2015, Rotax introduced a new engine, the 135-hp turbocharged 915 iS. The company says it’s expected to be available by about 2017. Rotax/BRP’s Marc Becker gave a briefing on the new engine.
Paul_Dye_SubSonex-Jet-300x168When 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.
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