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Kitplanes magazineThanksgiving weekend always seems to signal the start of real winter weather over the continental United States, and that means snow, ice, low ceilings – all the things that makes us think that a nice warm fire, good friends, and family sound better than getting aloft. Don’t even get me started on the trials and […]

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Light Stuff

Columnist Roy Beisswenger takes a look at what’s currently available in the foot-launched and wheeled variety of canopy or soft-wing aircraft.

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.


1000 Van’s RV-9s flying

RV-9A KamrathFor days, the employees at Van’s Aircraft had been watching the “hobbs meter” on their own website, waiting for news of the one thousandth RV-9/9A to fly. On November 20, 2015, John “Bert” Bertucci of Prairieville, Louisiana, rang the bell with his new RV-9A. According to John: “I have always wanted a plane of my […]

EAA Board of Directors names Chairman Jack Pelton as CEO of organization

Jack PeltonThe Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Board of Directors has named EAA Chairman Jack Pelton as Chief Executive Officer, adding the CEO title and responsibilities to the position Pelton has held with the organization since October 2012. The action was taken during EAA’s annual fall board meeting in Oshkosh on November 6. In addition to this […]

Bob & Judy Avery are Retiring

Bob and Judy AveryAfter 30 years in business, Bob & Judy Avery are retiring on December 15, 2015 to travel more and pursue other interests. The couple have set a high standard in customer service and built the Avery Tools company into a go-to supplier of tools for many homebuilders. The online retail web store will close on […]

Best Workshop Photo Contest Winner

shop-shawn-edwards-900Winner of Best of… Workshops: Shawn Edwards of Atlanta, Georgia. This is Shawn’s RV-14A vertical stabilizer in the shop. Apparently, Shawn has mastered a method for producing airplane parts without contaminating the workbench and floor with dust and aluminum shavings. Surely that’s what’s shown in this photo.     Next Best of… Experimental Panels Photo […]

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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.

Industry news

Sennheiser Withdraws from the Cockpit

Sennheiser S1 Digital Aviation HeadsetAudio specialist Sennheiser is withdrawing from the pilots’ headset business in March 2016. The company says it will fulfill all its obligations for servicing and spare parts throughout the full guarantee period for its headsets. Headsets for the air traffic control (ATC) sector are not affected by this decision, but will continue to be marketed […]

Belite Special Offer: 25% Off on Digital Altimeter/VSI

Belite Altimeter VSIThe Belite Digital LCD Altimeter / VSI is designed to provide many critical pieces of flight information to the pilot in a single, small lightweight enclosure. The unit is not TSO’d or PMA’d. Use only in appropriate aircraft as a backup to certified instruments in VFR conditions. Features: Displays altitude in increments of 10 feet […]

Garmin Team X Introduces GAD 27 Adapter

Garmin GAD 27New GAD 27 pairs with G3X Touch to streamline installations and add more capability Garmin announced the GAD 27, a small, lightweight and solid state integrated controller that provides a solution to many of the typical airframe interfacing needs. With the GAD 27, pilots are provided a consolidated system that would otherwise require multiple adapter […]

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Amazon Unveils New, Larger Delivery Drone
Amazon took advantage of Cyber Monday to announce the latest details about its planned drone delivery system, releasing two new videos and a Q&A...

First Chinese ARJ21 Delivered
China's first indigenous commercial airliner is now in revenue service with domestic budget carrier Chengdu Airlines. The ARJ21 was delivered Sunday.

E-Volo Flies, Unmanned And Tethered
The one-of-a-kind E-Volo volocopter came outside for its first flight tests recently, the company announced in a news release today. The volocopter...

Airbus Patents Modular Passenger Cabins
The U.S. Patent Office has accepted Airbus' design for shipping-container-style loading of passengers on aircraft. The company's prolific patent...

Study: Toy Drone Strikes Pose Greater Hazard Than Birds
An aerospace company's new study on the hazards of toy drones mixing with manned aircraft concludes that the safety risks are greater that those of...

Best of... Monthly Photo Contest Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Avidyne-440 videoLarry Anglisano along with Avidyne's Tom Harper show how to transition from an existing GNS430W to a slide-in IFD440, including configuration and setup of the new Bluetooth keyboard.
dye-6-reasons-for-homebuilts-video-thm_2Kitplanes magazine editor-in-chief Paul Dye is a former NASA flight director, but he’s also a passionate homebuilder, currently working on a Dream Tundra. At AirVenture 2015, he gave his six top reasons for joining the homebuilt community.
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┬ábriefing 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.
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