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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.

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.

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.

Seen at The Mojave Experimental Fly-In

Albery 3-Blade
This Catto 3-blade caught our eye; turns out it was attached to Mark Albery’s RV-4. You probably know Albery’s other RV—an -8—in which he flew from California to England. That flight was documented in the December 2013 issue of KITPLANES; and what a great opportunity it was to meet the trans-Atlantic RV-flyer. Albery says the Catto makes a great cruise prop; he normally runs it at 2500 rpm at 20 in. Hg. at 10,000 ft.Aviation speed dating on the Mojave ramp While there’s much more to it, the core attraction of the Mojave Experimental Fly-In is the four-hour meet-and-greet on the expansive Mojave Air & Space Port ramp. The density of interesting airplanes, creative people and new ideas is unsurpassed, so our advice is to arrive as early as […]

Best of… Photo Contest: Intake Plugs

angry-bird-intake-plug-640For this month, we’d like to see what homebuilders use to keep dirt – and critters – out of their intakes and pitot tubes when they are not flying. Many of us use boring red flags and pieces of foam, but it’s not uncommon to see something a bit more “playful” on the ramp at […]

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 – […]

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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

Garmin Aviation Open House

Garmin Open HouseGarmin is inviting customers to attend the company’s first annual Garmin Aviation Open House on Thursday, June 11th from 4:00-7:00 PM CDT. Pilots are welcome to visit Garmin Headquarters in Olathe, Kansas to learn more about Garmin, tour the product reliability lab, manufacturing and repair facilities and flight simulator lab. The company will also conduct informational seminars tailored to Garmin […]

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 […]


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Airbus A350, Perlan Glider To Show At AirVenture
Airbus Group will have a big presence – literally – at this year's EAA AirVenture show in July. EAA announced an Airbus A350 XWB wide-body test...

New This Week
AVweb's search of aviation news worldwide found an invitation from Garmin to an open house on June 11, giving its customers a rare look behind the...

Cheating Allegations Surround ATC Hiring Process
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association has added its voice to a growing chorus calling for an investigation into allegations that some...

Power Surge Closes Belgian Airspace
An apparent power surge at Belgium's air traffic control facilities closed the nation's airspace Wednesday morning, forcing flights to divert to...

First Flight For Sikorsky Raider
The S-97 Raider, a helicopter prototype based on Sikorsky's Collier-Prize-winning X2 technology, flew for the first time last Friday, the company...

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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