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Traffic Jam

Returning from our Great Eclipse trip in western Oregon to our home base near Reno, Nevada, we ran across this steady stream of space invaders on the ADS-B (Sorry for the glare - it was a snapshot of the iPad screen). Zooming out a bit, it became obvious that we were seeing the exodus of …


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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.

Legacy Act

Legacy Act

Marc Cook takes a close look at Erik Larson’s Legacy and finds out why Lancair’s rework of its seminal 200-235-320-360 design is as swoon-worthy as its predecessors.

Ready to Build?

Ready to Build?

You can begin your aircraft project right now—before even deciding on a kit. Here are 10 ways to get ready to build. By Reiff Lorenz.

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Meeting the Original

We were lucky to have the opportunity to attend the recent solar eclipse at a point almost directly under the totality path, and doubly lucky because we were hosted by the former Editor in Chief of Kitplanes Magazine, David Martin. Dave and his wife Lois live tat the Independence Airpark in Oregon, and I was …

RARA Announces Racers for the 54th National Championship Air Races

The Reno Air Racing Association today announced the lineup of racers for the 54th National Championship Air Races. "We are beyond excited about our racing lineup this year," Reno Air Racing Association COO Tony Logoteta said. "This is a great group of pilots and planes that we can hardly wait to watch fly in September." …

AirVenture 2017 Facts and Figures

"What an incredible year it was at Oshkosh. From the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Apollo reunion, to new aviation innovations on display and two B-29s flying formation as part of 75 years of bombers on parade, it was a week filled with 'OnIy at Oshkosh' moments. You could feel the energy as thousands of …

Early Start Thwarted

The show is over and I need to be back to work in California on Monday morning, so I'm up at the crack of dawn to get an early start. Get to the plane and it is really hard to get the chocks out from under the right wheel, and even harder to push it …

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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

Superior Air Parts Engine Management 101 Available as Free Flip-Book

Superior Air Parts is making its popular book, "Engine Management 101" available as a free flip-book download. "We were overwhelmed by the response we received to Engine Management 101 at our forums during Oshkosh. We handed out every one of the 700 copies we had available to forum attendees throughout the week." "It is our …

406 ELT Tester From Creative Electronics

Creative Electronics announced the availability of an affordable and user-friendly tester for the 406 MHz COSPAS-SARSAT emergency locator beacons. Unlike the limited self-test, this tester does a comprehensive test of the beacon and provides a pass or fail indication displaying not only the message content including the all important HEX IDENTIFICATION CODE, but also the …

Trig Avionics' New TY96A and TY97A Radios

The TY96A and TY97A radios are a superb slimline 760 channel VHF radios with 25kHz spacing. They are packed with the same pilot friendly features as the TY96 and TY97 and are ideal for pilots flying outside 8.33kHz mandated airspace. Trig is becoming the standard by which modern aviation radios are judged. Jon Roper, Marketing …


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FAA Invites Comments On Lycoming Engine AD
If you have comments, questions or suggestions regarding the FAA’s recent Emergency Airworthiness Directive now in effect for hundreds of...

Generally Safe Eclipse For GA
The aviation event that was the eclipse of Aug. 21 appears to have gone off with barely a hitch and so far our inexhaustive search for mayhem has...

Mostly Orderly GA Onslaught In Oregon
Pilots from across the West Coast flocked to central Oregon Monday to watch the first solar eclipse to cross the continental United States since...

Lisa Rolls Out Second Akoya Prototype
Lisa Aeronautics has started flying the second-generation prototype of its sleek Akoya, a multi-surface, would-be LSA. The Akoya is designed to...

Short Final
My daughter and I flew back from AirVenture on the last day of the show.  While flying over eastern Iowa and monitoring 122.80 we heard the...

Untitled Document Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
My CubCrafters EX N-96FV was finished July 30, 2016 - last weekend of AirVenture. My 87-year old Dad was the first passenger after my 40-hour fly off. He flew chase in his Cherokee for the maiden flight. It's painted in D-Day colors for my C-130 unit's 70th anniversary. 96th Airlift Squadron Flying Vikings were the …
It started with a visit with the Rutan guru Robert Harris of what was the EZ Hangar in Covington TN, now EZ Jets. I wanted to build a Long Eze but Robert suggested using current information and technology instead of 1977 when the plans came out. From then on, this airplane was not a Long …
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 …

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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