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And Out They Come

rivet-drill-outDrilling out rivets can seem like a step backwards for any builder, but you can also look at it from another direction and realize that if you need to do it, you NEED to do it--and therefore, it is a step forward towards completion, or in this case, in the direction of finishing a repair.


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GrypMat – a Clever Tool Holder

grypmat-2How many times have you been working on the engine of your low wing airplane and started laying tools on the wing? Wrenches, screwdrivers, engine parts – the wing is simply the easiest place to put them. But by their very nature, wings make lousy workbenches. They’re curved and painted – and things just don’t […]

NTSB Presentations at AirVenture 2016

NTSBThe NTSB will be presenting on Avoiding Construction and Maintenance Errors in Experimental Aircraft at 3:15 today in the Federal Pavilion. Look for other interesting programs each day.

Diesels For Homebuilts

Continental CD-230This time last year, Continental was officially limiting EAB diesel applications to kit manufacturer's supervised build programs, the notable example being the Diesel Sportsman. However, that's scheduled to change as Continental quietly gains experience with individual installations.

Temple Bazaar Right Here at AirVenture

Hangar-D--2Are your feet hurting, back aching, and your aviation passion oversaturated? Is the consistent politeness of the northern Midwest locals beginning to bug you as the weekend approaches? A visit to the far western aisles of Hangar D might be the ticket. More the atmosphere of a Middle East Bazaar, I felt like I was […]

Flying the AirVenture Homebuilt Showcase

Tsamiyu RV-3 taxiing in front of spectators during ShowcaseIt seems that mere mortals like me are welcome to slip into the AirVenture air show. There is a Homebuilt Showcase during the afternoon airshow. My RV-3B, Tsamsiyu, was invited to participate in the event on Tuesday and how could I resist the invitation? It seems that the organizers seek out a variety of homebuilts […]

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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

L-3 Aviation Products Announces Lynx ADS-B Products and Support for Experimental Aircraft

lynx-ngt-9000plusWith the new LynxDirect program, it’s now possible for builders and owners of Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft to self-install the Lynx line of ADS-B products. L-3 has traditionally required that all sales of its products include installation services from an authorized dealer. Considering the urgency of the FAA’s ADS-B mandate and the desire of Experimental aircraft owners […]

Levil Aviation Adds Data Recorder to Wireless AHRS, GPS, ADS-B Receiver

iLevil 3 AWWith the release of the new iLevil 3 series, Levil Aviation has added yet another feature to wireless AHRS, GPS, ADS-B receivers. The iLevil 3 boasts all of the same features of previous units and adds the ability to accept a standard SD memory card, which will record and save flight information. This information can […]

GRT Avionics Announces Instant Upgrade of 6.5-Inch Horizon WS to 7-Inch Horizon EX

Sport-EX-Split-Screen2GRT Avionics makes it easy to upgrade the 6.5-inch Horizon WS to the high-resolution, 7-inch Horizon EX with synthetic vision, enhanced moving map, and more. A drop-in replacement, the EX fits in the same mounting hole and typically requires no wiring changes. User settings can be copied from an existing WS into the EX with […]


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Loss-Of-Control Prevention Concept Wins Founder's Innovation Prize
A digital flight-condition indicator called Airball won the top award this week in EAA's new Founder's Innovation Prize contest. Airball's creator,...

Airbly's Cockpit Canairy Monitor
Big data is a big thing for airlines, which monitor flights in real time to track maintenance and anomalies. Now the same capability is available...

Stemme 12 Debuts At Oshkosh
Stemme's latest motorglider design, the Twin Voyager S12, was first introduced last year at Aero in Germany, but this week the company's...

Cessna TTx Now EASA-Certified
Cessna's TTx four-seat single-engine airplane is now certified by EASA, the company announced this week at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. "We are...

OpenAirplane Rolls Out FlyOtto
OpenAirplane, which comes as close to a nationwide aircraft rental service as we've seen, continues to expand and at AirVenture 2016 this week, it...

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Dynon-SkyView-SE-videoAt 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.
garmin-g5-videoThe 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.
SuperSTOL-videoAt 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.
zenith-360-degree-videoKit 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.
audio-panels-thmWhether 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.
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.
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